The Rise of Barack Obama

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Triumph Books, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 160 pages
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Award-winning photojournalist, Pete Souza, documents the meteoric rise of the charismatic Barack Obama from his first day in the U.S. Senate right up to the Pennsylvania presidential primary. More than 80% of these candid and stunning photographs capturing private and political moments have not been seen before. Souza provides extended commentary about each photo to place it in context, and describe the scene and participants. Photo-by-photo the viewer is allowed to examine the senator and candidate's path to the very cusp of history.

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User Review  - Wilfredo Chacon - Goodreads

I thought this book was very helpful for me to learn about the president of the united states. I didn't even know before that Obama was a senator for Illinois. I had no idea that he even excited as a ... Read full review

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User Review  - 2morrowknight - Goodreads

The book is absolutely awesome. It's 160 pages of captivating, and profoundly touching photos. Yes, it has some text, but the pictures are what you're buying. The author/photographer is Pete Souza, a ... Read full review


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About the author (2008)

Pete Souza is a freelance photographer and assistant professor of photojournalism at Ohio University. He has worked as an official White House photographer for President Ronald Reagan and was also the official photographer for the President's June 2004 funeral. He is the author of two celebrated photographic books of President Reagan's term in office, Unguarded Moments: Behind-the-Scenes Photographs of President Reagan (1992) and Images of Greatness: An Intimate Look at the Presidency of Ronald Reagan by Triumph Books (2004). Souza's photographs have also appeared as photo spreads or covers in renowned magazines as National Geographic, Life, Fortune, Newsweek, and U.S. News & World Report and have also been part of group exhibits at the National Archives, Smithsonian Museum of American History, and Corcoran Gallery of Art.

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