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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (85 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Editors of Life Magazine Narrator: Richard Alle Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For decades Americans have turned to Life to understand and remember the most important events and people of our time. Just as Life once opened up the glittering Kennedy White House, Life now focuses its lens on Barack Obama. 

The American Journey of Barack Obama covers the candidate from his childhood and adolescence to his time as editor of The Harvard Law Review and his Chicago activist years, culminating with the excitement and fervor of the historic 2008 Democratic National Convention. 

This audiobook includes a foreword by Senator Edward M. Kennedy, an incisive narrative biography and original essays by some of our finest writers, including Gay Talese, Charles Johnson, Melissa Fay Greene, Andrei Codrescu, Fay Weldon, Richard Norton Smith, Bob Greene and several others. Many listeners will find a new understanding of Obama. All listeners will feel that they are bearing witness to a singular, undeniably American story. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Senator Obama’s singularly American life has been characterized by tragedy and triumph, drama and despair, anxiety and anticipation, and, ultimately, enormous excitement and the deepest historical significance. In this book, Obama’s tale is told in all of its dimensions, from the mistakes he has made and the obstacles he has confronted and overcome, to his moments of almost sublime and glorious transcendence…exceptionally candid.”

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research

  • “Regardless of one’s political viewpoint, the story of President Obama’s journey to the White House deserves to be heard, and the editors of Life magazine have the expertise to recount such a trip. Staying as neutral as possible, they examine how the president achieved the highest political office in the nation and suggest possible ways to understand his trajectory.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeanette | 1/7/2014

    " Yippee, we now have a president I want to read about! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Doree Burt | 1/1/2014

    " I'll admit it--I'm a fan of the First Family. This would have received more stars from me if the book included more photos and a little less text. It's a LIFE book, so I expected more visuals and, let's face it, he's cute (no disrespect) and the camera loves him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Zorayda | 12/24/2013

    " I think that the journey of Barack Obama has been wonderful and this book will take you step by step into his life and what he has gone through in his life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Patty | 11/2/2013

    " OK, I just looked at the pictures! Really nice view of our new president. Plenty of biographical information as well as being a re-cap of his candidacy. "

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About the Author

Life has long been one of the country’s preeminent publishers of periodicals and books and is renowned for its presentation of photography. The editors have released multiple books that reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and were praised by the Wall Street Journal and other important publications.