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4.27 out of 54.27 out of 54.27 out of 54.27 out of 54.27 out of 5 4.27 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Mendell Narrator: Dion Graha Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The biography of America’s hottest political superstar—Barack Obama—from a journalist who has been covering his career since his successful run for US Senate.

Barack Obama’s meteoric rise is the stuff of legend. Since his headline-grabbing speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, Obama has come to represent the promise of unity among groups of all types—blacks and whites; Democrats, Republicans, and moderates; the upper, middle, and lower classes. In this groundbreaking biography, veteran journalist and Obama chronicler David Mendell gives an in-depth, comprehensive portrait of a man whose last name has become a catchphrase for hope in a politically jaded society desperate for a new star.

Mendell has covered Obama since the beginning of Obama’s campaign for the Senate and as a result enjoys far-reaching access to the new Senator. His research includes exclusive interviews with Obama’s closest aides, mentors, political adversaries, and family. Mendell reveals the surprising, cutthroat campaign tactics sanctioned by Obama—who has steeped his image and reputation on the ideals of clean politics and good government—to win his Senate seat by employing some of the most ruthless operatives in the business.

Eye-opening, well-researched, and compulsively readable, Obama: From Promise to Power is a necessary look at the evolution of a politician from public servant to candidate-savior.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A companion to the two volumes Obama wrote himself…for readers who really want to get to know their president.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “The single best source of background information on our new president.”

    National Review

  • “[A] timely biography by a hard-bitten reporter…When quoting Obama, reader Dion Graham slips easily into a doppelganger-like vocal cadence and timbre, eerily accurate and compelling. In between quotes he reads with a measured, expressive intonation, sounding personally neutral and yet warm at the same time.”


  • “A nuanced, compelling look at a man of idealism and ambition intent on making history.”

    Booklist (starred review)

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About the Author

David Mendell, author of Obama: From Promise to Power, has been writing about politics and urban issues for the Chicago Tribune since 1998. He lives in Oak Park, Illinois.