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The bridge : the life and rise of Barack Obama

Author: David Remnick
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Through extensive on-the-record interviews with friends and teachers, mentors and disparagers, family members and Obama himself, David Remnick demonstrates how a rootless, unaccomplished, and confused young man created himself first as a community organizer in Chicago, then as a Harvard Law School graduate, and finally as President of the United States. "By looking at Obama's political rise through the prism of our  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Barack Obama; Barack Obama; Barack Obama; Barack Obama; Barack Obama
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Remnick
ISBN: 1400043603 9781400043606
OCLC Number: 535489981
Notes: "This is a Borzoi book"--T.p. verso.
Description: x, 656 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
Contents: The Joshua generation --
A complex fate --
Surface and undertow --
Nobody knows my name --
Black metropolis --
Ambition --
A narrative of ascent --
Somebody nobody sent --
Black enough --
The wilderness campaign --
Reconstruction --
A righteous wind --
A slight madness --
The sleeping giant --
In the racial funhouse --
The book of Jeremiah --
"How long? Not long" --
To the White House.
Responsibility: David Remnick.

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Through extensive on-the-record interviews with friends and teachers, mentors and disparagers, family members and Obama himself, David Remnick demonstrates how a rootless, unaccomplished, and confused young man created himself first as a community organizer in Chicago, then as a Harvard Law School graduate, and finally as President of the United States. "By looking at Obama's political rise through the prism of our racial history, Remnick gives us the conflicting agendas of black politicians: the dilemmas of ... heroes of the civil rights movement who are forced to reassess old loyalties and understand the priorties of a new generation of African-American leaders. The Bridge revisits the American drama of race, from slavery to civil rights, and makes clear how Obama's quest is not just his own but is emblematic of a nation where destiny is defined by individuals keen to imagine a future that is different from the reality of their current lives."--From publisher description.

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