The Making of Barack Obama
On Sale: May 9, 2017
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is the definitive account of Barack Obama's formative years
that made him the man who became the forty-fourth president
of the United States—from the Pulitzer
Prize-winning author of Bearing the
Barack Obama's speech at the 2004
Democratic National Convention instantly catapulted him into
the national spotlight and led to his election four years
later as America's first African-American president. In this
penetrating biography, David J. Garrow delivers an epic work
about the life of Barack Obama, creating a rich tapestry of
a life little understood, until now.
The Making of Barack Obama captivatingly describes
Barack Obama's tumultuous upbringing as a young black man
attending an almost-all-white, elite private school in
Honolulu while being raised almost exclusively by his white
grandparents. After recounting Obama's college years in
California and New York, Garrow charts Obama's time as a
Chicago community organizer, working in some of the city's
roughest neighborhoods; his years at the top of his Harvard
Law School class; and his return to Chicago, where Obama
honed his skills as a hard-knuckled politician, first in the
state legislature and then as a candidate for the United
Detailing a scintillating,
behind-the-scenes account of Obama's 2004 speech, a moment
that labeled him the Democratic Party's "rising star,"
Garrow also chronicles Obama's four years in the Senate,
weighing his stands on various issues against positions he
had taken years earlier, and recounts his thrilling run for
the White House in 2008.
In Rising Star,
David J. Garrow has created a vivid portrait that reveals
not only the people and forces that shaped the future
president but also the ways in which he used those
influences to serve his larger aspirations. This is a
gripping read about a young man born into uncommon family
circumstances, whose faith in his own talents came
face-to-face with fantastic ambitions and a desire to do
good in the world. Most important, Rising Star is
an extraordinary work of biography—tremendous in its
research and storytelling, and brilliant in its analysis of
the all-too-human struggles of one of the most fascinating
politicians of our time.
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