An American story: the speeches of Barack Obama : a primer

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ECW Press, Oct 1, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 355 pages
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Barack Obama's superb and captivating oratory style has earned him comparisons to John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, and this collection of his complete speeches--presented for the first time in their entirety--exposes politicos, voters, and fans of Obama to the words that have catapulted his remarkable rise from underdog to future U.S. president. First capturing America's attention with his keynote address to the Democratic National Convention in 2004, all of Obama's key speeches are presented as he discusses themes of race, identity, community, and above all, his hoped-for vision of a new America. Interspersed throughout the collection, political columnist David Olive reveals lesser-known stories and facts about Obama, his career, and the campaign trail, while also exploring the controversies--from his shedding of his American flag lapel pin and the remarks made by Reverend Wright to his anti-war stance, his strong Christian faith, and his often racially charged remarks. This book is truly a primer for readers who want to examine the substance of his thought and reflect on the inspiring words of a gifted orator.

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Review: An American Story: The Speeches of Barack Obama: A Primer

User Review  - Fredrick Danysh - Goodreads

A biased and flattering pretrayal of Barack Obama in his years prior to becoming president. Of the twenty-one speeches included only his initial inaugural address is given thus there is nothing ... Read full review

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Soaring rhetoric, inaccurate claims, and almost entirely devoid of meaning. Read full review


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About the author (2008)

David Olive is the author of 10 previous books, including More Political Babble: The Dumbest Things Politicians Ever Said, and an award-winning journalist whose business articles, news reporting, and reviews have been published widely. Currently a business columnist at the Toronto Star, he has been the editor-in-chief of Report on Business Magazine, as well as a senior writer at the Financial Post and the National Post. He is a frequent speaker on business topics, notably corporate leadership, economics, and business ethics, and a lecturer in journalism. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.