From one of our preeminent journalists and
modern historians comes the epic story of Barack Obama and the world that
In Barack Obama: The Story, David Maraniss has written a deeply
reported generational biography teeming with fresh insights and revealing
information, a masterly narrative drawn from hundreds of interviews, including
with President Obama in the Oval Office, and a trove of letters, journals,
diaries, and other documents.
The book unfolds in the small towns of Kansas
and the remote villages of western Kenya, following the personal struggles of
Obama’s white and black ancestors through the swirl of the twentieth century.
It is a roots story on a global scale, a saga of constant movement, frustration
and accomplishment, strong women and weak men, hopes lost and deferred, people
leaving and being left. Disparate family threads converge in the climactic
chapters as Obama reaches adulthood and travels from Honolulu to Los Angeles to
New York to Chicago, trying to make sense of his past, establish his own
identity, and prepare for his political future.
Barack Obama: The Story chronicles the forces that shaped the first
black president of the United States—and explains why he thinks and acts as he
does. Much like the author’s classic study of Bill Clinton, First in His Class, this promises to become a seminal book
that will redefine a president.
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