Rising Star

Rising Star

The Making of Barack Obama

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Rising Star is the definitive account of Barack Obama's formative years that made him the man who became the forty-fourth president of the United States--from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Bearing the Cross

Barack 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. In this penetrating biography, David J. Garrow delivers an epic work about the life of Barack Obama, creating a rich tapestry of a life little understood, until now.

Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama captivatingly describes Barack Obama's tumultuous upbringing as a young black man attending an almost-all-white, elite private school in Honolulu while being raised almost exclusively by his white grandparents. After recounting Obama's college years in California and New York, Garrow charts Obama's time as a Chicago community organizer, working in some of the city's roughest neighborhoods; his years at the top of his Harvard Law School class; and his return to Chicago, where Obama honed his skills as a hard-knuckled politician, first in the state legislature and then as a candidate for the United States Senate.

Detailing a scintillating, behind-the-scenes account of Obama's 2004 speech, a moment that labeled him the Democratic Party's "rising star," Garrow also chronicles Obama's four years in the Senate, weighing his stands on various issues against positions he had taken years earlier, and recounts his thrilling run for the White House in 2008.

In Rising Star, David J. 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. This is a gripping read about a young man born into uncommon family circumstances, whose faith in his own talents came face-to-face with fantastic ambitions and a desire to do good in the world. Most important, Rising Star is an extraordinary work of biography--tremendous in its research and storytelling, and brilliant in its analysis of the all-too-human struggles of one of the most fascinating politicians of our time.

Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062641830
Branch Call Number: BIO OBAMA
Characteristics: viii, 1460 pages ; 24 cm

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dyamond11
Oct 07, 2017

I agreed with Lynn the book is so long with so much details about someone life it is hard to believe if the author is really telling the truth or just made up hearsay. I do not recommend people to read this book unless you want to be bored for a month because that is how long it will take someone to read this book

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LYNN WALSH
Jul 02, 2017

(I gave this 1/2 star because I couldn't give a zero star rating)
This book is more than 1000 pages and contains WAY too many details. (Additionally includes nearly 300 pages of Notes and 50 pages for Bibliograpghy)
Chapter One doesn't even mention Barack Obama or his family or friends AT ALL.
It feels like the author is trying to include ALL details on EVERYTHING, however irrelevant the details are to addressing the character of the 44th President of the U.S.
Given the multitude of details, the author doesn't connect the details and get to the character development at all -- you, the reader, has to do all the work of sifting through the endless details, details, details to determine what is interesting and relevant vs. what isn't.
What's the point? BORING and mindless!

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