Obama: From Promise to Power

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Harper Collins, Aug 14, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 416 pages
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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

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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Contents

The Ascent
1
Dreams from His Mother
14
Just Call Me Barry
32
The Mainland
50
The Organizer
64
Harvard
80
Sweet Home Chicago
93
Politics
107
Hull on Wheels
206
The Small Screen
219
A Victory Lap
235
A Dash to the Center
247
The Ryan Files
260
The Speech
272
Back to Illinois
286
The Senator
303

The Legislator
121
The New Rochelle Train
140
The Candidate
150
The Consultant
163
The Race Factor
180
The Real Deal
192
South Africa
321
Nairobi
338
A Fathers Home
355
LeBron Revisited
375
Notes
388
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David Mendell, author of Obama: From Promise to Power, has been writing about politics and urban issues for the Chicago Tribune since 1998. Mr. Mendell lives in Oak Park, Illinois.

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