Barack Obama: This Improbable Quest

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Paradigm, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 210 pages
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Barack Obama is quickly becoming America’s most popular politician, and his run for the presidency has brought huge crowds at home and an unprecedented wave of international attention as well. Much more than a biography, this book is a political tour of Obama’s legislative experience as well as his ideas about race, religion, and politics. Political writer John K. Wilson, author of four previous books including a study of Newt Gingrich, explores the reaction Obama has received from the left, the right, and the media. As the first presidential candidate from Generation X, Obama has generated an exciting movement of young people to support his campaign as he defines a new kind of broadly popular progressive politics. As improbable as such a quest may be this fresh new candidate may be just the right one to bridge not only generations but ideologies that often divide. Amid all the hype surrounding Obama, this book provides the first in-depth look at what he believes, what he represents, and how he might transform American politics.

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Regarding freshman U.S. Senator Barack Obama's quixotic (at least by conventional standards) quest for the Oval Office, these books fall between the usual extremes of unabashedly promotional and ... Read full review


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John K. Wilson is the author of Patriotic Correctness: Academic Freedom and Its Enemies (Paradigm Publishers 2008); Newt Gingrich: Capitol Crimes and Misdemeanors (Common Courage Press 1996); and The Myth of Political Correctness: The Conservative Attack on Higher Education (Duke University Press 1995), among several other titles. A former student of Barack Obama at the University of Chicago, Wilson is an Illinois native who currently lives in Chicago and has watched Obama rise from state senator to U.S. senator to president of the United States. Wilson has discussed his work in major media forums including C-SPAN, the O'Reilly Factor, and the Huffington Post. Visit his website and blog at

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