The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama

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Vintage Books, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 662 pages
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In this nuanced and complex portrait of Barack Obama, Pulitzer Prize-winner David Remnick offers a thorough, intricate, and riveting account of the unique experiences that shaped our nationís first African American president.

Through extensive on-the-record interviews with friends and teachers, mentors and disparagers, family members and Obama himself, Remnick explores the elite institutions that first exposed Obama to social tensions, and the intellectual currents that contributed to his identity. Using Americaís racial history as a backdrop for Obamaís own story, Remnick further reveals how an initially rootless and confused young man built on the experiences of an earlier generation of black leaders to become one of the central figures of our time.

Masterfully written and eminently readable,The Bridgeis destined to be a lasting and illuminating work for years to come, by a writer with an unparalleled gift for revealing the historical significance of our present moment.

  

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Also, many interesting insights about politics. - Goodreads
David Remnick's research is comprehensive. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Vishwa Hannerdumath - Goodreads

It was nice to read about the upbringing and the environment in which Obama grew up. The opinion of others who were once part of his life gives a good perspective of how others viewed Obama when he ... Read full review

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User Review  - Marti Garlett - Goodreads

An amazing read for people who want to truly -- even if they are not Democrats -- understand our current and, I would say, somewhat Lincolnesque President, although he has not been as tried as Lincoln ... Read full review

Contents

The Joshua Generation
5
Port
33
Surface and Undertow
69
Nobody Knows My Naine
98
Port
127
_ Ambition 1 82
231
Part Three
261
Black Enough
307
Reconstruction
355
Port Four
417
The Book oferemiah
517
Port Five
555
To the hite House
561
Epilogue
587
3
623
3 1
644

The Viilderness Campaign
334

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About the author (2010)

David Remnick was a reporter for The Washington Post for ten years, including four in Moscow. He joined The New Yorker as a writer in 1992 and has been the magazine's editor since 1998. His last book was King of the World, a biography of Muhammad Ali, which was selected by Time as the top nonfiction book of 1998. Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire won a Pulitzer Prize in 1994.

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