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The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama

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19 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

Reawakens My Enthusiasm and Respect for Barack Obama.

I felt so refreshed after finishing this book. I had been feeling disheartened and worried that so many of us seem to wish our president, and hence out nation, to fail. Now I feel confident that Obama will be among the top rank of US presidents, whatever the ignoramus...
I felt so refreshed after finishing this book. I had been feeling disheartened and worried that so many of us seem to wish our president, and hence out nation, to fail. Now I feel confident that Obama will be among the top rank of US presidents, whatever the ignoramuses Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, O'Reilly and the FoxNews dittoheads think. We are very fortunate to have such a balanced and brilliant man at the helm. I hope that many millions of Americans will read this informative, entertaining and at times very funny book.
David Remnick is an eminently qualified author. Not only has he won the Pulitzer Prize for his writing but he is the editor of America's most respected literary weekly, The New Yorker. At almost 600 pages the book is long, but it's so well written it flies by. I finished it in four days! Thank you, Mr. Remnick! My hat's off to you... Go-bama!

posted by OsoChistoso on April 17, 2010

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13 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

Very Boring Read

We've all heard President Obama's story on the news a hundred times. It is intresting, yes, but I was looking for a more intresting take on his life. This book provides a boring outlook on President Obama's life and is very unoriginal. If the author, David Remnick, coul...
We've all heard President Obama's story on the news a hundred times. It is intresting, yes, but I was looking for a more intresting take on his life. This book provides a boring outlook on President Obama's life and is very unoriginal. If the author, David Remnick, could have used a more intresing angle on this story, it might be a more intresting read. I don't recommend this book, as many other books are more touching and have the ability to enlighten you.

posted by Poppy_James on April 6, 2010

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

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    The Bridge Closes Gaps

    Interestingly, I began reading "The Bridge" a few short weeks after watching PBS' "Eyes on the Prize: The Bridge to Freedom," so this book was the perfect next step. The author, David Remnick, did a great job using the backdrop of the civil rights movement to foreshadow Barack Obama's ascension to the office of the presidency. After providing extensive insight into Obama's childhood and early adulthood, the book closely follows Obama's early political career while impressing upon the reader how rapidly the candidate rose through the ranks from State Senate to U.S. Senate before entertaining the run for the presidency.

    The Bridge delves into the Obama strategy during key moments throughout campaign. From Ayers to Wright, few subjects went untouched; but with all its race baiting, the book does not get to the racial truth until the campaign arrives in South Carolina and Michelle Obama is dispatched to confirm Obama's authenticity. As a descendant of slaves, Michelle Obama's "blackness" was never in question; so at a crucial time in the campaign, Michelle bridged Barack's gap with the African American community. Thus, the author's literal use of "the bridge" is employed throughout the novel to transform the reader from the past struggles of civil rights to the historical rise of the first African American president.

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