The Bridge

The Bridge

The Life and Rise of Barack Obama

Book - 2010
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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.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.
ISBN: 9781400043606
Characteristics: x, 656 pages, [16] pages of plates :,illustrations (some color) ;,25 cm.

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Aug 02, 2012

A journalistic biography of Obama up to the point of his Presidency. Not wrong, but Obama's own autobiography offers more insights.

achristinej Mar 02, 2011

An interesting, well-researched and authoritative look into President Barack Obama's life: inspiration, family, mentors, education, and career, there is not a single person I would not recommend this book to.

David Remnick intricately weaves factual information with artistic anectodal ease to create a well-rounded view of our current president. I believe he walks a very balanced line throughout his reporting and is deftly able to disprove exaggeration and rumor with hearty research without reducing his journalistic and editorial integrity.

I especially appreciated the longer looks into those who played influential roles in President Obama's life and how Mr. Remnick skillfully framed each person, their education, history and experience to provide a thorough construction of the man currently leading our country.

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