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Changing Times: The Life of Barack Obama

Glen Jeansonne and David Luhrssen

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ISBN 10: 1595980822 / ISBN 13: 9781595980823
Published by MavenMark Books, LLC, 2009
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Title: Changing Times: The Life of Barack Obama

Publisher: MavenMark Books, LLC

Publication Date: 2009

Book Condition:Good

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The 2008 United States presidential primary was the most remarkable contest of its kind in many years. It may also have been a turning point for America. For the first time, an African-American candidate won the presidential nomination of a major party and went on to victory. Barack Obama s election is a measure for how far the U.S. has traveled since the days of slavery, segregation, and the Civil Rights Movement. This book tells the story of Obama s formative years, the family and educational experiences that shaped him, and his private life and public career. It examines the role of religion and culture in molding Obama and his public image, his status in America s class system, and the role of his wife Michelle. Changing Times finds the source of Barack Obama's politics less in ideology than in his personality, which is conciliatory. Obama is a man in search of what Americans hold in common instead of what keeps them apart. He has proven himself comfortable in many roles, including political activism, holding political office, practicing law, and teaching in college.

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GLEN JEANSONNE Glen Jeansonne has taught twentieth-century American history at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Williams College, the University of Michigan, and since 1978, at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has won two Teaching Awards and a University Research Award. His twenty-two grants and fellowships include a fellowship from the John D and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Jeansonne has fourteen books in print or in press, among them A Time of Paradox: America Since 1890; Women of the Far Right; Messiah of the Masses: Huey P. Long and The Great Depression; Gerald L. K. Smith: Minister of Hate; and Transformation and Reaction: America, 1921-1945. Gerald L. K. Smith won the Wisconsin Writer s Award for Best Academic Book, the Gustavus Meyers Award for research related to bigotry, and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He is now writing a study of Herbert Hoover. Jeansonne has published over sixty scholarly and popular articles and 150 reviews. He edits two book series and was Associate Editor of Louisiana s state journal, Louisiana History. In 2001, he was elected a Lifetime Fellow of the Louisiana Historical Association. He has participated in television documentaries about Leander H. Perez, Huey P. Long, and Herbert Hoover. Jeansonne has two daughters, Leah and Hannah. He enjoys music, spectator sports, outdoor beauty, current events, and the study of religion. DAVID LUHRSSEN David Luhrssen has taught at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and Milwaukee Area Technical College. He has lectured at Marquette University, Beloit College, and Concordia University. Luhrssen is co-author with Glen Jeansonne of A Time of Paradox: America Since 1890, and Searching for Rock and Roll with Martin Jack Rosenblum, a contributor to Women and War and The International Discography of the New Wave. He has been published in Historically Speaking, History Today, the Journal of American History, the Wisconsin Academy Review, and other journals. Luhrssen received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in history at UW-Milwaukee. Luhrssen is also Arts & Entertainment Editor and Film Critic of Milwaukee s weekly newspaper, the Shepherd Express. He has written about music, film, culture, and books for Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, the Milwaukee Journal, Op, New York Rocker, Trouser Press, and other publications. He is also a regular commentator on film for Milwaukee s NPR affiliate.

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