Obama by The New York Times
The Historic Journey

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This is the remarkable story of Barack Obama's journey to the White House, as told by the greatest cultural recorders in the world, the staff of The New York Times. From the first mention of Barack Obama in its pages (when he was elected president of the Harvard Law Review), to his electrifying speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention, to the days and months of the hardfought, innovative campaign for Presidency, The New York Times has documented, recorded, and analyzed Obama in all the ways that he has irrevocably changed this country.

In twelve rich chapters, filled with award-winning photos and graphics, as well as text from Nobel Prize and Pulitzer—winning columnists like Paul Krugman and Thomas Friedman, and seasoned political reporters like Adam Nagourney, The New York Times tells Obama's unlikely and incredible journey from the beginning all the way to his inauguration as President of the United States. Jill Abramson, the managing editor of the Times will provide biographical text and Bill Keller, the executive editor, will pen the introduction. Throughout, there will be profiles of important figures in Obama's life and the campaign—Valerie Jarrett, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, his parents and grandparents, and Michelle Obama. Obama's own writing, from his memoirs and speeches across the country, will be included, along with what will surely be an iconic, groundbreaking speech—his Inauguration Day speech.

This book will be a treasured cultural document and the pinnacle of election coverage. This is the best of the best showcasing the most extraordinary political event of recent times.

 

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Jill Abramsonis the managing editor of The New York Timesand former Washington bureau chief. Bill Kelleris the executive editor of The New York Times. Alabiso is vice president and executive photo editor of A.P.
 
Published February 16, 2009 by Callaway-NYT. 237 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Young Adult. Non-fiction

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Despite being new to the scene (although he did serve three terms in the Illinois State Senate), Obama casts himself in the role of a political veteran, using phrases like “the longer I served in Washington” (less than two years) and “the more time I spent on the Senate floor.” But his particular...

Dec 24 2006 | Read Full Review of Obama: The Historic Journey

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Barack Obama, the junior senator from Illinois and the Democratic Party’s new rock star, is that rare politician who can actually write — and write movingly and genuinely about himself.

Oct 17 2006 | Read Full Review of Obama: The Historic Journey

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Barack Obama’s life, says his latest biographer, David Maraniss, was to an astonishing extent “the product of randomness.” His mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, the only child of a couple from Kansas, met his father, Barack Hussein Obama, a student from Kenya, in an elementary Russian language class at...

Jun 04 2012 | Read Full Review of Obama: The Historic Journey

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One person at the meeting, Mr. Klein says, was so underwhelmed that this person later had a hush-hush meeting with Mr. Klein, in an unnamed deli outside an unnamed city, to tell him what a disappointment Mr. Obama was.

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The author notes that it is unlikely the elder Obama and his wife would have snuck off to Kenya for the birth because at the time the Immigration and Naturalization Service determined that the elder Obama “warranted a close watch”because of lies he told when he first came to the United States to ...

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Los Angeles Times

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(Obama himself isn't born until 165 pages into the text.) These chapters, particularly the detailed story of Obama's brilliant but deeply irresponsible, alcoholic and self-destructive father, provide some of the book's most fascinating passages.

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Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, he discovered that eight years into it there was "no strategy" for fighting the Afghan war, that the contingency plan for military action against Iran dated to the Carter administration — a 90-day bombing campaign followed by a Normandy-style invasion by a fo...

Sep 27 2010 | Read Full Review of Obama: The Historic Journey

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The Amateur, by Ed Klein, is a briskly written anti-Obama overview that has received few reviews in major media outlets.

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