Obama: From Promise to Power

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Harper Collins, Mar 17, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 448 pages
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Barack Obama is arguably the most dynamic political figure to grace the American stage since John F. Kennedy. His meteoric rise from promise to power has stunned even the cynics and inspired a legion of devout followers.

 

For anyone who wants to know more about the man, David Mendell's Obama is essential reading. Mendell, who covered Obama for the Chicago Tribune, had far-reaching access to the Chicago politician as Obama climbed the ladder to the White House, the details of which he shares in this compelling biography. Positioning Obama as the savior of a fumbling Democratic party, Mendell reveals how Obama conquered Illinois politics and paved the way brick by brick for a galvanizing, historic presidential run.

 

With a new afterword by the author, which includes a fresh perspective on Barack Obama following his two historic terms as the first African-American president, and with exclusive interviews with family members and top advisers, and details on Obama's voting record, David Mendell offers a complete, complex, and revealing portrait. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in American politics in general and President Barack Obama in particular.

 

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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
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
South Africa
321

The Legislator
121
The New Rochelle Train
140
The Candidate
150
The Consultant
163
The Race Factor
180
The Real Deal
192
Hull on Wheels
206
Nairobi
338
A Fathers Home
355
LeBron Revisited
375
Notes
388
Index
407
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David Mendell, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, wrote about urban issues and politics for the Chicago Tribune from 1998 to 2007. He is now a Chicago-based freelance writer and an adjunct instructor at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, GQ, the Washington Post and other places.

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