The American Journey of Barack Obama

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For decades Americans have turned to LIFE to see, understand, and remember the most important events and people of our time. Just as LIFE once opened up the glittering Kennedy White House, LIFE now focuses its lens on Barack Obama. The American Journey of Barack Obama covers the candidate from his childhood and adolescence to his time as editor of The Harvard Law Review and his Chicago activist years, culminating with the excitement and fervor of the historic 2008 Democratic National Convention. The unfolding ...

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For decades Americans have turned to LIFE to see, understand, and remember the most important events and people of our time. Just as LIFE once opened up the glittering Kennedy White House, LIFE now focuses its lens on Barack Obama. The American Journey of Barack Obama covers the candidate from his childhood and adolescence to his time as editor of The Harvard Law Review and his Chicago activist years, culminating with the excitement and fervor of the historic 2008 Democratic National Convention. The unfolding drama of Obama's life and political career is cinematic in scope, and never has it been presented so compellingly. In addition to a powerful array of photographs that were taken by many of the country's greatest photographers (and some that were snapped, in the quiet moments, by Obama family members themselves), this book also includes a Foreword by Senator Edward M. Kennedy, an incisive narrative biography and original essays by some of our finest writers, including Gay Talese, Charles Johnson, Melissa Fay Greene, Andrei Codrescu, Fay Weldon, Richard Norton Smith, Bob Greene and several others. Many readers will find a new understanding of Obama. All readers will feel that they are bearing witness to a singular, undeniably American story.

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Henry Louis Gates Jr.
"The phenomenon that is Barack Obama has intrigued us all. Who is Barack Obama? The editors of LIFE have gone a very long way toward helping us all answer this question. Senator Obama's singularly American life has been characterized by tragedy and triumph, drama and despair, anxiety and anticipation, and, ultimately, enormous excitement and the deepest historical significance. In this book, Obama's tale is told in all of its dimensions, from the mistakes he has made and the obstacles he has confronted and overcome, to his moments of almost sublime and glorious transcendence. With spectacular photographs--funny, surprising,exceptional in detail--combined with a highly readable narrative, Obama's biography comes to life, from his youth in Hawaii to his roots in Africa, from Harvard to Chicago and, eventually, to his life as a public servant in Washington. Who is Barack Obama? Read these compelling words and study these exceptionally candid and beautiful photographs and discover the answer for yourself."
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"The phenomenon that is Barack Obama has intrigued us all. Who is Barack Obama? The editors of LIFE have gone a very long way toward helping us all answer this question. Senator Obama's singularly American life has been characterized by tragedy and triumph, drama and despair, anxiety and anticipation, and, ultimately, enormous excitement and the deepest historical significance. In this book, Obama's tale is told in all of its dimensions, from the mistakes he has made and the obstacles he has confronted and overcome, to his moments of almost sublime and glorious transcendence. With spectacular photographs—funny, surprising,exceptional in detail—combined with a highly readable narrative, Obama's biography comes to life, from his youth in Hawaii to his roots in Africa, from Harvard to Chicago and, eventually, to his life as a public servant in Washington. Who is Barack Obama? Read these compelling words and study these exceptionally candid and beautiful photographs and discover the answer for yourself."—Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316045605
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 10/7/2008
  • Pages: 175
  • Sales rank: 457,473
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

LIFE has long been one of the country's pre-eminent publishers of periodicals and books, and is renowned for its presentation of photography. The editors who bring you THE AMERICAN JOURNEY OF BARACK OBAMA are the same who created One Nation: America Remembers September 11, 2001, also published by Little, Brown, which reached No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list and was hailed by The Wall Street Journal as "a thorough and thoughtful telling."

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  • Posted November 17, 2008

    Beautiful book, regardless of political views!

    Perfect for : Personal reading, Gift book, Great coffee table/office book<BR/><BR/>In a nutshell: This is an absolutely beautiful book. The pictures are wonderfully candid and bright, and the information contained within the book gives us some wonderful information on the life of our soon-to-be 44th President of the United States. With an inspirational foreword by Senator Edward M. Kennedy, the book starts by allowing readers to see Obama's family tree, showing an impressive seven half-brothers and half-sisters! We then get to see photos (and read information) of his family, his childhood, his school years, and his early career and his entry into politics. As readers, we also get the opportunity to see him as a boy, a man, a teacher, a husband, a father, a politician, etc. This is a wonderful look at a fascinating life. There is no doubt that readers will learn a lot about our 44th President, and they will get to see the many sides of Barack Obama!<BR/><BR/>My Review:<BR/>This is a beautiful book, which contains a multitude of pictures and facts about the 44th President of the United States. It was a joy to leaf through the pages of the book, pausing to read the captions of the pictures, or the information contained on the pages. Regardless of your political views, this is an interesting book, which I certainly recommend! <BR/><BR/>Characters: As a non-fiction book, the "characters" are Barack Obama and his family. We get to have a candid look at his life growing up, and as an adult. We also get to learn tidbits of the rest of his family, making his story that much more interesting.<BR/><BR/>Story-Line: This is the story of Barack Obama's life. It is amazing in that his father is from Kenya, and he has had to work hard to achieve his accomplishments.<BR/><BR/>Readability: The information in the book is easy to read, and broken up into a great time-line with lots of pictures. The pictures within the book are amazing, and fun to look through.<BR/><BR/>Overall: I highly recommend this book. It is a beautiful representation of an amazing life. Regardless of your political views, this is a wonderful way to gain some insight into the life of the 44th President of the United States. I particularly loved the photographs of him with his wife and/or girls. He seems to be a wonderful family man. This book would be a great addition to a personal book collection, as well as a professional/business collection (why not put a copy in your office or lobby?).

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    Perfect for teach future generations

    This is a good collectible to pull out to teach your grand kids why you do not vote for someone who has no experiece and clue what they are doing.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2013

    Obama

    Obama's ACHIVEMENTS

    "Well, there was that one time when........."
    "Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh......."

    And thats about it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2009

    Excellent read

    Excellent read

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

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    Great Photographic compilation of our President's American journey

    I would highly recommend this book as an addition to a select number of choices taking the reader on a visual as well as descriptive journey of a great figure and role model.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2009

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    Wonderful

    I purchased this book along with others of President Barack Obama and i am truly happy with its contents. I will keep this book close to my heart and on my table for all to see. Some of the photos i have seen before in books but that is OK, now i have them all in 1 book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    A Keeper!

    This is an important addition to my collection of books, DVDs, etc., documenting the rise of this phenomenal figure in our country's history. I purchased several for gifts for friends and family. It is indeed "A Keeper" in my personal library.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Would never read

    Dont care for him

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    Horrible

    I dont know how people can read this

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2010

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    I LOVED THE MAGIZINE BECAUSE I READ TO MY TEACHER SHE LOVE D THE PART WHEN HE WAS PICKEED AS PRESIDENT OBAMA LETS SING THE SONG CALLED OBAMA OBAMA HILLARY DIDINT BET OBAMA BECAUSE HES BLACK SHE DIDINT WIN BACUSE SHE WASNT DOMINCANA REBOUBLIC

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2009

    This is a great coffee table book to have in your home.

    The photographs in this book were great. The foreword was very sincere and informative. It gives a very good look into the life of our new President.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2009

    His Journey Has Just Begun

    As one would expect with a LIFE publication, this coffee table book contains many excellent photographs of its subject. It was published after Obama won the Democratic nomination, but before the election results were known. We see Barack Obama in his youth; in Hawaii; at Harvard; with his family, immediate and extended, in the U.S. and in Kenya; at work and at play. The text gives us background biographical details about his life and complicated family history. It is certainly not an in-depth look at the politician or the man, but was a comfortable, pleasing read for the eve of his inauguration as the 44th President of the United States. It has the feel of a souvenir. The best part of the text are several essays on specific topics---race, faith, the world's view of Obama---by well-known writers including Gay Talese, Bob Greene, Nancy Gibbs, and my personal favorite, Andrei Codrescu who discusses immigration from his own unique perspective . Some of the photos are spoiled, in my opinion, by being spread over two pages. I would rather have had them reproduced on a single page to avoid that spinal crease through the center.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 15, 2008

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    Timely

    "The American Journey of Barack Obama" is excellent and relevant! It detailed some of the controversial things in his campaign and destroyed a lot of myths before they got started...like how he entered politics, his role as editor/reviewer of the "Harvard Law Review" and a general tenacity to be the best of multiple worlds without insulting others. "The American Journey of Barack Obama" is highly recommended, definitely deserving of 5 stars and greater because it was published before the election. This book has universal appeal to inform!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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