Barack Obama Reviews
"Obama's story here is interior and uncharismatic, but it makes for a revealing study in character-formation as destiny. The book ends as Obama prepares to enter Harvard Law." - Publishers Weekly
"General readers, including those who enjoyed David Remnick's The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama, will be gripped by this absorbing, graceful account." - Library Journal
"Starred review. This is a highly textured and intimate look at the family stories behind Obama
A thoroughly fascinating, multigenerational biography that explores broader social and political changes even as it highlights the elements that shaped one man's life." - Booklist
"Another in the author's line of authoritative biographies
is masterful and moving." - Kirkus Reviews
"The books of David Maraniss are like majestic rivers rolling to the sea, gathering in all the other confluences as they go, gaining their incredible subsurface force. But here, in a multigenerational portrait of a young man owning the most improbable history, Maraniss has outdone himself. Finally, you can understand the man who became the 44th president." - Paul Hendrickson, author of Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved, and Lost, 1934-1961
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