Obama: From Promise to Power
The biography of America's hottest political superstar?Barack Obama?from a journalist who has been covering Obama and his career since his successful run for U.S. Senate
On Sale: August 14, 2007
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Barack Obama's meteoric rise from Hawaii high schooler to
exemplary Harvard Law School student to well-groomed
politico is the stuff of legend, a political story that has
captured the attention of virtually every American. 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 typesâ€”blacks and whites;
Democrats, Republicans, and moderates; the young and the
old; the upper, middle, and lower classes. In this
first-of-a-kind, groundbreaking biography, veteran
journalist and Obama chronicler David Mendell gives an
in-depth, comprehensive portrait of the boy named Barry who
took inspiration from his hardworking parents and became the
eloquent, suave Obamaâ€”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
familyâ€”most notably his extremely charismatic wife,
Michelle. Mendell reveals the surprising, cutthroat campaign
tactics sanctioned by Obamaâ€”who has steeped his image and
reputation with the ideals of clean politics and good
governmentâ€”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-saviorâ€”a politician who has experienced fame,
adulation, and criticism in equal parts and on a greater
scale than the public eye has seen in quite some time.
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