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Barack Obama: The Making of the Man by [Maraniss, David]
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Length: 674 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Language: English

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In Barack Obama, David Maraniss has written a sweeping narrative which reveals the real story of Obama's beginnings: child of a black man from Luoland and a white woman born in Kansas. He charts the fortunes of the two disparate families, polar opposites in every way, which produced these two extraordinary individuals, who met briefly in Hawaii, never cohabited, and married only to legitimize the child born of that union. At the heart of Obama's psyche and his political beliefs - and therefore his presidency - is his life-long struggle to understand the extreme duality of his identity. Maraniss explores his extraordinary journey from a mixed race boy raised by white grandparents in laid-back Hawaii to an African America with a burning political vision and vocation.

Barack Obama contains a wealth of new material. Maraniss reveals here previously unpublished love letters written by Obama as a young man in a search of an identity: black or white, writer or a man who could lead. He also includes the journal entries of Obama's first significant (white) girlfriend, which chart their intense relationship and the moment when young Barack realized that he must leave everything behind him and set out for Chicago in order to 'become' an African American. The story wrought here is one of fierce ambition, survival, and love.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4604 KB
  • Print Length: 674 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1439160406
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books; Main edition (1 June 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00872J53G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #121,154 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 31 May 2015
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Interesting books wanted to read about our President of the United States
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love his book the story thank you very much
5.0 out of 5 stars The best! 26 September 2014
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Excellent! Class authorship! Enjoyed the history! Not demeaning! Factual and sensible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars President Obama 25 April 2013
By MO - Published on Amazon.com
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What can I say that, this portrait of the President is a very defining account of his early years and and his rise to the presidency. It appears that nothing is covered up and its a good book. .I have all his book even though I am an Independent> President Obama has proven to be a President for the people and for change, no matter what party you are affiliated with and or your color or gender. On top of it all, he is a good father, husband, and president. >>MO
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reporting 26 June 2014
By J. W. Konner - Published on Amazon.com
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Maraniss is a fine reporter. The book is a an exploration of the development and influences on our first black President, an important figure in American history. For me, it was a little more than I needed or wanted to know.