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Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage
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Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage

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by Christopher Andersen, Dion Graham (Read by)
 

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"She is my rock—the one person who keeps it real." —Barack

"I don't want anybody to think that it's easy. . . . We have a strong marriage, but it's not perfect." —Michelle

They exploded onto the world scene and within a matter of a few short years captured the ultimate political prize. In so doing,

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"She is my rock—the one person who keeps it real." —Barack

"I don't want anybody to think that it's easy. . . . We have a strong marriage, but it's not perfect." —Michelle

They exploded onto the world scene and within a matter of a few short years captured the ultimate political prize. In so doing, they became a First Couple like no other: He—the biracial son of a free-spirited Kansas-born woman and a mercurial Kenyan father who abandoned him at an early age—was raised in Hawaii and Indonesia, educated at Columbia and Harvard, and launched his political career in America's heartland. She, by contrast, was the product of a solidly middle-American family with roots planted firmly in Chicago's working-class South Side—paving the way for her to achieve her dreams of an Ivy League education and a position at one of the nation's top law firms.

By the time they claimed the White House in one of the most hotly contested presidential races in modern history, Barack and Michelle Obama were seen by millions around the world as the new Jack and Jackie Kennedy—brilliant, attractive, elegant, youthful, exciting. Accompanied by their two young daughters, Malia and Sasha, the Obamas would arrive at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with the promise of a new Camelot all but assured.

Given the obvious historic significance of what they have accomplished together, the marriage of Barack and Michelle stands as one of the great personal and political partnerships in American history. Yet, incredibly, the true nature of that relationship has remained a mystery. Until now.

In the styleof his No. 1 New York Times bestsellers The Day Diana Died and The Day John Died, as well as his bestselling books about the Kennedys, the Clintons, and the Bushes, author Christopher Andersen draws on important sources—some speaking here for the first time—to paint the first complete, compelling portrait of America's first black First Family.

Among the many intriguing insights and stunning revelations:

  • New behind-the-scenes details of the Obamas' courtship and marriage—and the lovers who went before.
  • The early tragedies that shaped both Barack's and Michelle's personalities, and how those events haunt them to this day. Also, new information about Barack's rootless childhood, at times tortured adolescence, and the true extent of his early drug use.
  • How Barack's ambition put a strain on their relationship from the very beginning, how close the Obamas really came to breaking up, and how Michelle made the difficult decision that saved their marriage.
  • The little-known near-tragedy that brought Barack and Michelle closer than they had ever been.
  • How Michelle may have saved her husband's presidential campaign, and her surprising behind-the-scenes role as the president's chief advisor.
  • The pressures and delights of raising two young girls in the relentless glare of the media, and how, like Jack and Jackie Kennedy before them, Barack and Michelle strive to make the lives of America's two most famous children as "normal" as possible.

Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage is an intimate and ultimately riveting look at their unique partnership, and the humor, faith, fortitude, and grace that defines it. It is, above all, an extraordinary American love story.

Editorial Reviews

As a couple, the Obamas have captured interest at a level not seen since the brightest days of JFK and Jackie's Camelot. Christopher Andersen's Barack and Michelle grabs your attention with its blissful cover photo, but it keeps you engrossed with its lively rendering of the president and first lady's life together.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441820679
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
09/22/2009
Edition description:
Unabridged, 9 CDs, 11 hrs. 6 min.
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Andersen is the critically acclaimed author of twenty-eight books, which have been translated into more than twenty-five languages worldwide. A former contributing editor of Time magazine and senior editor of People magazine, Andersen has also written hundreds of articles for a wide range of publications, including Life magazine, the New York Times, and Vanity Fair.

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Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
vjc More than 1 year ago
I thought Anderson did a really good job with revealing where Barrack is coming from. I read this because I am not an Obama fan, therefore desired an objective source to help broaden my senses with positive input. This did. It delves deep into the history of Barack; his childhood adventures with a very spirited mother, an extreme neglect of his natural father (but not lack of exposure to the fairy-tale of a righteous dad Barack's mom worked hard to keep alive in her son's mind), and upbringing by his nurturing and liberal grandparents. A really fascinating childhood history. The story reveals a side of Michelle that I developed a deep appreciation for, the values instilled in her by being raised in a loving supportive family of high standards that were never waivered from. Everything I learned about her in this book is amazing. So too will the readers come to understand more about how the influences the Chicago community, in which they were and became ever more involved in, dominate a belief system that may be best kept in Chicago, not favorable to the power of our nation. This is a very insightful read.
Judgelady More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was fabulous! It gave you such an insight into the Obama's family and professional life. It is refreshing to see a political couple with such down to earth mannerism and outlook. A lot of political couples have a public life but no private life. They appear stiff and "phony" when interacting with each other. I would recommend this book highly to all who appreciate the importance of family stablity and relationships in everyday living. A career can be short lived, but a family is for life!
DrDelilah More than 1 year ago
From the opening pages--when Christopher Andersen describes the chilling moment when Barack and Michelle Obama had to face the fact that their infant daughter Sasha had been stricken with meningitis--to the inside details about the First Family's life in the White House today, BARACK AND MICHELLE kept me mesmerized. Anyone who admires the Obamas (and certainly anyone who voted for Barack!)will love it as much as I did--especially the account of their very different upbringings, their courtship and marriage, the problems they faced and overcame in their marriage, how they parent Malia and Sasha, and the important role Michelle has always played in the President's decision-making. I'm giving BARACK AND MICHELLE to everyone for Christmas.
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nikki1 More than 1 year ago
Good insight into their marriage and relationship.
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hope4_2012 More than 1 year ago
They both obviously dislike America and would allow both their daughters an abortion in a heartbeat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Barack obamas cat named wanda was adopted from petsmart and then michell obama went to pet smart and came back with a cat carrier and in the carrier was a boy cat name cosmo cosmo met wanda the cat and they ate cat food and meowed and then they were born with a baby kitten named emliy osment
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why would i spend a buck on looking at the man thats killing the economy........ realy.......