Barack Obama is arguably the most dynamic political figure to grace the American stage since John F. Kennedy. His meteoric rise from promise to power has stunned even the cynics and inspired a legion of devout followers. For anyone who wants to know more about the man who would be president, David Mendell's Obama is essential reading. Mendell, who has covered Obama for the Chicago Tribune since the beginning of Obama's campaign for the Senate, had far-reaching access to the senator, the details of which he shares in this compelling biography. Positioning Obama as the savior of a fumbling Democratic party, Mendell shows how Obama conquered Illinois politics and paved the way brick by brick for a galvanizing, historic presidential run. With exclusive contributions by family members and advisers, and details on Obama's voting record, this is a complete, complex, and revealing portrait, a must read for anyone interested in American politics in general and Senator Barack Obama in particular.
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David Mendell, author of Obama: From Promise to Power, has been writing about politics and urban issues for the Chicago Tribune since 1998. Mr. Mendell lives in Oak Park, Illinois.From AudioFile:
This timely biography by a hard-bitten reporter from the generally conservative CHICAGO TRIBUNE covers the personal and political life of the man who may be president. The remarkable thing about Illinois Senator Barack Obama is--no doubt about it--charisma. People who encounter him react enthusiastically with statements such as: ÒI think he might be the one!Ó ObamaÕs main message, that people should come together for the common good, resonates with liberal and conservative alike, says the author. When quoting Obama, reader Dion Graham slips easily into a doppelganger-like vocal cadence and timbre, eerily accurate and compelling. In between quotes he reads with a measured, expressive intonation, sounding personally neutral and yet warm at the same time. D.R.W. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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