The Bridge by David Remnick
The Life and Rise of Barack Obama

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In this nuanced and complex portrait of Barack Obama, Pulitzer Prize-winner David Remnick offers a thorough, intricate, and riveting account of the unique experiences that shaped our nation’s first African American president.
 
Through extensive on-the-record interviews with friends and teachers, mentors and disparagers, family members and Obama himself, Remnick explores the elite institutions that first exposed Obama to social tensions, and the intellectual currents that contributed to his identity. Using America’s racial history as a backdrop for Obama’s own story, Remnick further reveals how an initially rootless and confused young man built on the experiences of an earlier generation of black leaders to become one of the central figures of our time.
 
Masterfully written and eminently readable, The Bridge is destined to be a lasting and illuminating work for years to come, by a writer with an unparalleled gift for revealing the historical significance of our present moment.




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About David Remnick

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David Remnick was a reporter for The Washington Post for ten years, including four in Moscow. He joined The New Yorker as a writer in 1992 and has been the magazine's editor since 1998. His last book was King of the World, a biography of Muhammad Ali, which was selected by Time as the top nonfiction book of 1998. Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire won a Pulitzer Prize in 1994.
 
Published March 27, 2010 by Vintage. 673 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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The author also delves into Obama’s travels in Pakistan with a Muslim friend and his relationship with the firebrand preacher Jeremiah Wright, all of which fed into “the story of race in the [2008] campaign.” Yet for all the potential political derailments his past and friendships might have caus...

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This study of President Obama, by the editor of The New Yorker, has many additions and corrections to make to our reading of “Dreams From My Father.”

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The New York Times

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A new biography of President Obama by David Remnick fleshes out the by-now-familiar outlines of his life.

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The Guardian

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David Remnick's exhaustive investigation of President Barack Obama's journey to the White House takes its name from the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma, Alabama.

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NPR

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David Remnick has a nearly impossible task in his new biography of Barack Obama: writing "the most complete account yet" of the most famous man on the planet. The well-written and well-researched book may be ahead of its time; the events in it are so familiar right now that its scholarship may re...

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Another animal fable from Life of Pi author Yann Martel; New Yorker editor David Remnick shows how President Barack Obama's life intersects with the story of race in America; and permissive parents cope with sex, drugs and a rebellious teen in Anne Lamott's Imperfect Birds.

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Examiner

David Remnick, Editor-in-Chief of the New Yorker magazine, has stitched together a great book, The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama.

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New York Journal of Books

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“Barack Obama is what comes at the end of that bridge in Selma.” .

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AV Club

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New Yorker editor David Remnick finds a little untrammeled ground to cover in the life of Barack Obama, but the depth comes at the expense of everyone else in the book.

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Entertainment Weekly

Michelle Obama — who did not grant Remnick an interview — flits in and out of the pages here, a shadow of her vibrant self, sometimes described best in Obama's own words.

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Tampa Bay Times

• So Remnick, editor of the New Yorker, set out simply to write a piece of "biographical journalism" that would examine Obama's early life and the events that shaped him.

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Daily Kos

Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

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Daily Kos

Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

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Chicago Tribune

“They wanted to take those steps together, but it was left to Joshua to finish the journey Moses had begun, and today we’re called to be the Joshuas of our time, to be the generation that finds our way across this river.” David Remnick, the editor of “The New Yorker” and a Pulitzer Prize-win...

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The American Spectator

Cashill believes that Obama's friend and neighbor Bill Ayers, former Weatherman and would-be terrorist, may in fact have written much of Obama's memoir.

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The Root

When Obama shared his adolescent reading with some African-American friends, one told him, "I don't need no books to tell me how to be black.'" The Bridge picks up the thread begun in that essay, chronicling Obama's life in the post-civil rights "Joshua Generation," explaining what Obama discov...

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