Rising Star

Rising Star

The Making of Barack Obama

Book - 2017
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"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, David Mendell's Obama is essential reading. Mendell, who covered Obama for the Chicago Tribune, had far-reaching access to the Chicago politician as Obama climbed the ladder to the White House, the details of which he shares in this compelling biography. Positioning Obama as the savior of a fumbling Democratic party, Mendell reveals how Obama conquered Illinois politics and paved the way brick by brick for a galvanizing, historic presidential run." -- Provided by the publisher.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers, c2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062641830
Branch Call Number: 973.932 Gar 3565
Characteristics: viii, 1460 pages :,map ;,24 cm


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Jun 05, 2019

I read it; long but very informative, i.e., shows the real obama; it is a must read if you really want to understand the "man" and why he is attempting to destroy America.

Dec 02, 2017

It is likely that many readers will regret struggling through the flat-footed narration and kitchen-sink inclusiveness of this nearly 1500-page book, so wearingly huge and heavy and narrowly margined that it literally resists being held and read. Even as your wrists and eyes tire, so does your mind, confronted by the author’s relentless pursuit of seemingly every negative comment made about the book’s subject. Real insights into the man (which could have been presented with analytical balance and a more honest recognition of contextual complexity) become smudged by the author’s distinct sulfuric loathing, which spills over especially volcanically in the last chapter.

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

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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