The Resource Rising star : the making of Barack Obama, David J. Garrow

Rising star : the making of Barack Obama, David J. Garrow

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Rising star : the making of Barack Obama
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Rising star
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the making of Barack Obama
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David J. Garrow
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eng
Summary
Obama's speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention instantly catapulted him into the national spotlight and led to his election four years later as America's first African-American president. Garrow has created a vivid portrait that reveals not only the people and forces that shaped the future president but also the ways in which he used those influences to serve his larger aspirations
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  • /* Starred Review */ In this epic-length biography, Garrow (Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference) recounts Barack Obama’s intensely political life story up to his 2008 election to the presidency, and does so without apparent political bias. Every fact, however small, is documented in the footnotes, which run to hundreds of pages. The result is a convincing and exceptionally detailed portrait of one man’s self-invention. Garrow opens with a powerfully affecting episode: the March 1980 closure of a Wisconsin Steel plant on Chicago’s South Side, where Obama later spent formative years as a community organizer. Going back to his story’s beginnings, Garrow reports extensively about Obama’s father, a Kenyan-born Harvard graduate student who’s described as brilliant but also alcoholic and abusive toward women, and Obama’s childhood in Hawaii and Indonesia. The book then explores Obama’s early romantic attachments, marriage to Michelle Robinson, involvement in polarizing and personally relevant issues of race, and political career, from state senator in Illinois to U.S. senator in Washington, where he’s immediately identified as a likely Presidential candidate. Garrow also takes care to clarify instances when Obama’s personal recollections or published memoirs differed from historical records or his associates’ memories. Casual readers may well find the level of detail here overpowering, but political history buffs will be fascinated. (May) --Staff (Reviewed 03/27/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 13, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Pulitzer Prize-winning author Garrow (law, history, Univ. of Pittsburgh Law Sch.; Bearing the Cross) spent nine years writing what will likely remain the authoritative biography of Barack Obama's prepresidential years. All aspects of the politician's life are exhaustively scrutinized: his search for racial identity, his complex relationships with long-term girlfriends, and his quest for the presidency dating back to his time as a community organizer in Chicago. This end goal led Obama to Harvard Law School, eventually meeting Michelle Robinson as a legal intern. His Chicago years, notably his time as an Illinois state senator and a U.S. senator, receive the most attention. Also included is an illuminating discussion of Obama's best-selling memoir, Dreams from My Father. This impressively researched work features hundreds of interviews, including off-the-record conversations with the former president. Yet, this is no hagiography, as Obama frequently appears arrogant and coldly distant. In the epilog, Garrow concludes that Obama's presidency was flawed, domestically and diplomatically, in no small part owing to his unwillingness to seek bipartisan support, especially for the Affordable Care Act. VERDICT Readers willing to commit the time and attention this book requires will be richly rewarded. [See Prepub Alert, 11/7/16.]—Karl Helicher, formerly with Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA --Karl Helicher (Reviewed 05/01/2017) (Library Journal, vol 142, issue 08, p80)
  • An exhaustive epic of Barack Obama's trajectory to the presidency.Yes, Obama was born in Hawaii, in the United States, just as his birth certificate says. Yes, he smoked marijuana. Yes, he has been a person of overarching ambition with a coolness that often shades into iciness, an island of unnerving calm in the stormy sea of electoral politics. As he has demonstrated in previous books, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Garrow (Law and History/Univ. of Pittsburgh School of Law; Liberty and Sexuality: The Right to Privacy and the Making of Roe v. Wade, 1994, etc.) is a demon for research. The present volume, which weighs in at more than 1,400 pages (including nearly 275 pages of notes), is based on more than 1,000 interviews and consultations, it seems, with every known document to deal with the matter of the 44th president. Sometimes the book feels like too much of a good thing. While it is useful to know that Michelle Obama has a strong personality, it's not necessary to have repeated demonstrations of that strength—though it did afford columnists the wherewithal to accuse her of emasculating her husband, who in turn has seemed relatively emotionless. It is not entirely clear how Garrow feels about his subject except that his own overarching thesis would seem to rest on the idea that Obama—Garrow calls him "Barack," familiarly, throughout—was an efficient creator of himself, having gone from sometimes-frivolous youth to preternaturally serious adult with a clear vision of his path to success. Yet, as the author writes in closing, "while the crucible of self-creation had produced an ironclad will, the vessel was hollow at its core." Leaving aside the psychobiographical speculations, however, the core of this book is eminently solid, a thorough turning over of just about every stone, from the poor behavior of Obama's father in the U.S. to the sound and fury of Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers. Too long by half but consistently readable—an impressive work that will provide grist for the former president's detractors and admirers alike.(Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2017)
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individual biography
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YDX
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1953-
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Garrow, David J.
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  • 973.932/092
  • B
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index present
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E908.3
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.G37 2017
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non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Obama, Barack
  • Obama, Barack
  • United States
  • United States
  • Legislators
  • African American politicians
  • Presidents
  • African American politicians
  • Legislators
  • Politics and government
  • Presidents
  • United States
  • United States
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the making of Barack Obama
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Rising star : the making of Barack Obama, David J. Garrow
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Includes bibliographical reference (pages 1085-1391) and index
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The end of the world as they knew it: Chicago's far South Side, March 1980 -- July 1985 -- A place in the world: Honolulu, Seattle, Honolulu, Jakarta, and Honolulu, August 1961 -- September 1979 -- Searching for home: Eagle Rock, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Hermitage, PA, September 1979 -- July 1985 -- Transformation and identity: Roseland, Hyde Park, and Kenya: August 1985 -- August 1988 -- Emergence and achievement: Harvard Law School, September 1988 -- May 1991 -- Building a future: Chicago, June 1991 -- August 1995 -- Into the Arena: Chicago and Springfield, September 1995 -- September 1999 -- Failure and recovery: Chicago and Springfield, October 1999 -- January 2003 -- Calculation, coincidence, coronation: Illinois and Boston, January 2003 -- November 2004 -- Disappointment and destiny: the U.S. Senate, November 2004 -- February 2007 -- Epilogue: the President did not attend, as he was golfing
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1795091
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1460 pages
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9780062641830
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9780062641830
  • (OCoLC)957241956
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Rising star : the making of Barack Obama, David J. Garrow
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical reference (pages 1085-1391) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The end of the world as they knew it: Chicago's far South Side, March 1980 -- July 1985 -- A place in the world: Honolulu, Seattle, Honolulu, Jakarta, and Honolulu, August 1961 -- September 1979 -- Searching for home: Eagle Rock, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Hermitage, PA, September 1979 -- July 1985 -- Transformation and identity: Roseland, Hyde Park, and Kenya: August 1985 -- August 1988 -- Emergence and achievement: Harvard Law School, September 1988 -- May 1991 -- Building a future: Chicago, June 1991 -- August 1995 -- Into the Arena: Chicago and Springfield, September 1995 -- September 1999 -- Failure and recovery: Chicago and Springfield, October 1999 -- January 2003 -- Calculation, coincidence, coronation: Illinois and Boston, January 2003 -- November 2004 -- Disappointment and destiny: the U.S. Senate, November 2004 -- February 2007 -- Epilogue: the President did not attend, as he was golfing
Control code
1795091
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1460 pages
Isbn
9780062641830
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780062641830
  • (OCoLC)957241956

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