Published by Little Brown & Company
This colorful chronological compilation of stunning, photos and candid text makes this book an enjoyable read. This is no simple coffee table book. It is a chapter by chapter biography starting with Barack Obama's intriguing family tree to his rocket rise to top political ranks.
The introduction by Ted Kennedy is inspiring. He sets the tone and theme of the book when he says of Barack Obama,
"he refuses to be trapped in the patterns of the past."How many of us have put our hope and faith in this man to lead our country during these tenuous time?
Published in October 2008, prior to knowing the election outcome, this beautifully crafted book follows the life of Barack Obama and his orbital spin from Senator in 2004 to Presidential Candidate in 2008. His personality shines through each chapter with dialog and exceptional photography capturing just right moments in time.
He admits being shaped by his maternal grandparents and mother. It was fascinating to read that his mother was a child of the 60's who had a Utopian view of a better life common to youth of the time. She instilled in him her ideals of fairness and freedom. It was noted that Barack remembers his mother's lessons of tolerance, equality and standing up for the disadvantaged. Themes he echoed in his campaigning.
This is the type of short biographical stories, snippets and sketches of Barack Obama that are presented in this multi-chapter book. The chapters are, The Family Tree, Roots, Boyhood, Young Man on the Rise, Chicago, Washington, Aspects of Obama, and lastly, The Journey Continues.
Fascinating stories, captivating pictures and a compelling subject will make everyone want this on their Christmas Wishlist. Highly recommended.
Thanks to the Hachette Group, a copy of this book will be raffled off.
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