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 nation’s 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 America’s racial history as a backdrop for Obama’s 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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User Review  - nmele - LibraryThing

"Why are you reading that?" someone asked. I started because of the reviews I read but Remnick's thoughtful biography of Barack Obama soon captured my attention for the several days it took me to read ... Read full review

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User Review  - lindap69 - LibraryThing

I felt like I was on the journey of self-discovery with Obama through his early years until his presidency. Peripheral characters were also well developed as well as the story of race in America. Read full review

Contents

The Joshua Generation
3
Part
27
A Complex Fate
29
Surface and Undertow
69
Nobody Knows My Name
98
Part
123
Black Metropolis
125
Ambition
182
Part Four
415
A Slight Madness
417
The Sleeping Giant
467
In the Racial Funhouse
496
The Book of Jeremiah
517
Part Five
539
How Long? Not Long
541
To the White House
561

A Narrative of Ascent
219
Part Three
257
Somebody Nobody Sent
259
Black Enough
307
The Wilderness Campaign
334
Reconstruction
355
A Righteous Wind
384
Epilogue
581
Epilogue to the Vintage Edition 8
587
Debts and Sources
593
Notes
599
Bibliography
623
Index
631
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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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