Rising Star: The Making Of Barack Obama by David GarrowRising Star: The Making Of Barack Obama by David Garrow

Rising Star: The Making Of Barack Obama

byDavid Garrow

Hardcover | May 9, 2017

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One of the Washington Post's 10 Best Books of 2017

Rising Star is the definitive account of Barack Obama's formative years that made him the man who became the forty-fourth president of the United Statesfrom the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Bearing the Cross

Barack Obama's speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention instantly catapulted him into the national spotlight and led to his election four years later as America's first African-American president. In this penetrating biography, David J. Garrow delivers an epic work about the life of Barack Obama, creating a rich tapestry of a life little understood, until now.

Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama captivatingly describes Barack Obama's tumultuous upbringing as a young black man attending an almost-all-white, elite private school in Honolulu while being raised almost exclusively by his white grandparents. After recounting Obama's college years in California and New York, Garrow charts Obama's time as a Chicago community organizer, working in some of the city's roughest neighborhoods; his years at the top of his Harvard Law School class; and his return to Chicago, where Obama honed his skills as a hard-knuckled politician, first in the state legislature and then as a candidate for the United States Senate.

Detailing a scintillating, behind-the-scenes account of Obama's 2004 speech, a moment that labeled him the Democratic Party's "rising star," Garrow also chronicles Obama's four years in the Senate, weighing his stands on various issues against positions he had taken years earlier, and recounts his thrilling run for the White House in 2008.

In Rising Star, David J. Garrow has created a vivid portrait that reveals not only the people and forces that shaped the future president but also the ways in which he used those influences to serve his larger aspirations. This is a gripping read about a young man born into uncommon family circumstances, whose faith in his own talents came face-to-face with fantastic ambitions and a desire to do good in the world. Most important, Rising Star is an extraordinary work of biography—tremendous in its research and storytelling, and brilliant in its analysis of the all-too-human struggles of one of the most fascinating politicians of our time.

David J. Garrow is an American historian, born in Massachusetts in 1953. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University, and earned his Ph.D. from Duke University. He has taught at Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the City University of New York, The Cooper Union, the College of William and Mary, American Univ...
Title:Rising Star: The Making Of Barack ObamaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:1472 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 2.7 inPublished:May 9, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062641832

ISBN - 13:9780062641830

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The definitive story about Obama The best way to judge the Obama presidency will be in 10 to 15 years. This book is not about that; Garrow dedicates less than 15 pages to the actual presidency, focusing more on his failings as a president. What Garrow does do is tell you a very compelling, well-researched, detailed and intricate story about America's first black president and his rise from humble beginnings in Hawaii to the White House. The level of detail Garrow provides is unparalleled. For instance, not only do you get to learn who Obama's classmates at Harvard were, but their first degrees and their rank. His meteoric rise from also-ran in the 2000 Democratic congressional race loss to Bobby Rush to being labelled a "Rising Star" because of his command performance at the 2004 Democratic Convention, his birth in Hawaii to his time at Columbia, from the streets of Chicago as a community organizer to the Harvard Law Review's first black president, you really get to know Obama. For anyone interested in politics, in U.S. history, especially presidents, how Obama shaped and practically forced himself to becoming the 44th president of the United States is laid out so well in 1078 pages. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I saw this book in Indigo yesterday. At over 1400 pages this is probably the definite work on Obama before he became president. The amount of research that went into this book is beyond belief. A masterpiece.
Date published: 2017-05-21

Editorial Reviews

“Breathtaking. ... With depth and meticulousness, David Garrow’s new book pulls back the curtain on Obama’s family, upbringing, college years, personal reinventions, mentors, romances, career choices, law school accomplishments, marriage and rise in Illinois politics.”