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 website 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!