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Barack Obama: The Making of the Man by [Maraniss, David]
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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 Maraniss reveals here previously unpublished love letters written by Obama as a young man in a search of an identity: black or white, writer or a man who could lead.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: #113,476 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Bag 15 August 2016
By Sophie - Published on Amazon.com
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It seems, the book focuses heavily on the stories and history of the people around Obama, almost as much as on Obama himself. Yes, I understand why the author would delve into Obama's family history, but it was overkill. That portion, before even Barack is born, takes up a good chunk of the book! This is a pattern repeated throughout where the author likes to go into the back story of anybody directly or not directly involved in Obama's life. The book did provide interesting glimpses into Obama's childhood and his relationships with his grandparents and mother. The point where the author stopped felt abrupt, not covering Obama's years in Harvard. I'd rather that he edited out all the tangential stuff, which felt like filler, and had gone into the Harvard years.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. 22 August 2016
By S L Pennell - Published on Amazon.com
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A history of the Obama family in great detail. No holds barred narrative of Barack Obama's life ending with him going to Harvard Law. Enjoyed the book immensely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Obama supporters and opponents will not be able to put this book down. 22 December 2014
By Dave Shapiro - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a first-rate book, objective, thoroughly researched the old-fashioned way and very well-written by an author who already has one Pulitzer. Both supporters and opponents of Obama will find it hard to put down. It pulls no punches.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More than you ever wanted to know, a real grab bag of stuff 19 April 2013
By Wuxtra - Read All About It - Published on Amazon.com
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The author threw everything he could into this overly long product, including the address of every apartment or house where Obama -- and several other worthies -- lived and how many steps down the hallway was the john, or and details like that. Despite the fact that the man, Obama himself, is an interesting guy, this book was in large part just BORING. In places, too, especially at the chapter endings, the author simply fell in love with his own words, love, love, love. Despite all the details, the people mentioned in the book did not come alive and you couldn't develop much interest in them..
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool book 5 February 2017
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Cool book. Highly recommend for anyone interested in the early life of Barack Obama and events leading up to his life.

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