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 types—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 Obama—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—most notably his extremely charismatic wife,
Michelle. Mendell reveals the surprising, cutthroat campaign
tactics sanctioned by Obama—who has steeped his image and
reputation with 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—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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