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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hendrik Hertzberg Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9781400184286
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Hendrik Hertzberg, celebrated political analyst for the New Yorker, watches the long presidential campaign of 2007 and 2008 as it unfolds to reveal the transformation of the Democratic Party, the meteoric rise of Barack Obama, and other seismic shifts in our national political consciousness. Hertzberg wrote about the events that culminated in the victory of Barack Obama in two venues, one Olympian and one immediate: his "Comments" for "The Talk of the Town" and the informal blog he began keeping on the magazine's Web site fifteen months before the election. ¡Obámanos! is adapted from both and framed by a new introductory essay.

¡Obámanos! shares the context needed to truly understand the events of the general election—the first in more than half a century in which no incumbent president or vice president was on the ballot—by first examining Bush's second term and the primary campaign. Hertzberg follows the central political players and rising stars while also looking at the issues that emerged as critical during the debates, such as health care, the war in Iraq, and our economic crisis. Through his documentation and analysis of the campaign's defining moments, we come to understand the current political landscape in a whole new way.

Hertzberg's voice combines sharp observation, historical perspective, analytic power, and often funny polemic. He brings all these qualities to his chronicle of one of the most intense, exciting, and surprising campaigns in the nation's history, sharing how most Americans—including the New Yorker editors—came to identify a junior senator from Illinois as "a leader temperamentally, intellectually, and emotionally attuned to the complexities of our troubled globe." ¡Obámanos! heralds a new chapter in American politics. Download and start listening now!


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  • “An incisive, profound, and intellectually challenging commentary on a landmark series of events in American political history.”

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  • An incisive, profound and intellectually challenging commentary on a landmark series of events in American political history. Kirkus Starred Review
  • “A real-time, contemporaneous record of the last days of the Bush administration…as well as a blow-by blow of the campaign, with juicy analysis of the diversionary role played by political pundits.”

    Publishers Weekly

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 3/24/2010

    " A great reminder of of Hertzberg's talent. Quite prescient. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 12/14/2009

    " Kind of hit or miss for the first 1/3 or so of the book but the essays about the period when the election was down to just 3 or 4 candidates were very entertaining and insightful. I quite enjoyed most of it. "

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About the Author

Hendrik Hertzberg has been a staff writer and editor at the New Yorker since 1992 and was a staff writer there in the early 1970s as well. He is the author of Politics: Observations and Arguments, 1966–2004. He has also been a naval officer, a Newsweek reporter, President Jimmy Carter’s chief speechwriter, and editor of the New Republic. He lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and thirty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.