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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 Allen Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9781600248733
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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

  • The phenomenon that is Barack Obama has intrigued us all. Who is Barack Obama? The editors of LIFE have gone a very long way toward helping us all answer this question. 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. With spectacular photographs--funny, surprising,exceptional in detail--combined with a highly readable narrative, Obama's biography comes to life, from his youth in Hawaii to his roots in Africa, from Harvard to Chicago and, eventually, to his life as a public servant in Washington. Who is Barack Obama? Read these compelling words and study these exceptionally candid and beautiful photographs and discover the answer for yourself. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
  • “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.”

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  • 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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edy | 10/29/2013

    " I liked this book. Great information and great photos--wouldn't expect anything less from Life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 10/6/2013

    " Very good book to read this week - and I learned some more facts about our 44th President! Lots of nice pictures too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kecia | 8/30/2013

    " My boss gave me this book for my birthday! It's the perfect coffee table book for this post election season. Lovely photographs and plenty of good commentary too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 pati | 9/28/2012

    " Text and photographs present the life of the Harvard Law School graduate, legislator, civil rights lawyer and 2008 presidential candidate, from his childhood in Hawaii to his presidential campaign "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Mellow | 6/14/2012

    " OK so I really didn't read too much of it, but I like looking at pictures of our handsome president. He's lovely and I wish I had time to read all about him, but I have to choose books that are slightly more pertinent to my life right now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie Moore | 4/5/2012

    " A beautiful book!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy (Thoughts of Joy) | 12/6/2011

    " You can read my thoughts here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith | 6/5/2011

    " I've read a couple of books about and by Obama and so I just wanted to look at his life in pictures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/4/2010

    " While the text and the story are great, the focus of this book is the fabulous photographs. Trust Life magazine to create such a beautiful book about one of the most fascinating men in a generation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie Holloway | 3/15/2010

    " Beautifully illustrated book with some awesome photographs about our new President of the USA. Uplifting writing about the history and journey of this man, things that I did not know, I learned from reading this great book. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Richard Allen is an accomplished and respected theatrical actor whose work includes Ragtime and PBS’ Great Performances: Play On! His voice can be heard on numerous television and radio productions, as well as the animated series Jumanji. Allen is also the winner of seven AudioFile Earphones Awards.