Before the White House and Air Force One, before the TV ads
and the enormous rallies, there was the real Barack Obama: a man wrestling with
the momentous decision to run for the presidency, feeling torn about leaving
behind a young family, and figuring out how to win the biggest prize in
This book is the previously untold and epic story of how a
political newcomer with no money and an alien name grew into the world’s most
powerful leader. But it is also a uniquely intimate portrait of the person
behind the iconic posters and the Secret Service code name Renegade.
Drawing on a dozen unplugged interviews with the candidate
and president, as well as twenty-one months covering his campaign as it
traveled from coast to coast, Richard Wolffe answers the simple yet enduring
question about Barack Obama: Who is he?
Based on Wolffe’s unprecedented access to Obama, Renegade reveals the making of a
president, both on the campaign trail and before he ran for high office. It
explains how the politician who emerged in an extraordinary election learned
the personal and political skills to succeed during his youth and early career.
With cool self-discipline, calculated risk taking, and simple storytelling,
Obama developed the strategies he would need to survive the onslaught of the
Clintons and John McCain and build a multimillion-dollar machine to win a
Richard Wolffe shares with us his front-row seat at Obama’s announcement to run
for president on a frigid day in Springfield, and his victory speech on a warm
night in Chicago. We fly on the candidate’s plane and ride in his bus on an
odyssey across a country in crisis; stand next to him at a bar on the night he
secures the nomination; and are backstage as he delivers his convention speech
to a stadium crowd and a transfixed national audience. From a teacher’s office
in Iowa to the Oval Office in Washington, we see and hear Barack Obama with an
immediacy and honesty never witnessed before.
not only an account of Obama’s triumphs, but also examines his many personal
and political trials. We see Obama wrestling with race and politics, as well as
his former pastor Reverend Jeremiah Wright. We see him struggling with life as
a presidential candidate, a campaign that falters for most of its first year,
and his reaction to a surprise defeat in the New Hampshire primary. And we see
him relying on his personal experience, as well as meticulous polling, to pass the
presidential test in foreign and economic affairs.
Renegade is an
essential guide to understanding President Barack Obama and his trusted inner
circle of aides and friends. It is also a riveting and enlightening first draft
of history and political psychology. Download and start listening now!