Barack Obama: Politician

Barack Obama: Politician

by Heather Lehr Wagner
     
 

In July 2004, Barack Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention transformed him into a political star. Three years later, the young state senator from Illinois started his campaign to become president of the United States. Born to a Kenyan father and a mother from Kansas who divorced when he was only two, Obama grew up in Hawaii and Indonesia. As an adult

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Overview

In July 2004, Barack Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention transformed him into a political star. Three years later, the young state senator from Illinois started his campaign to become president of the United States. Born to a Kenyan father and a mother from Kansas who divorced when he was only two, Obama grew up in Hawaii and Indonesia. As an adult, he has served his community-first as an organizer working to register new voters and provide opportunities for the poor, and later as a politician. His 2008 campaign to become president of the United States has inspired many to believe in what he calls "the audacity of hope."

Based on the critically acclaimed Black Americans of Achievement, the Legacy Edition series presents revised editions of some of the most popular titles from the original series, plus many all-new volumes. These books have been fully updated to include many new features, full-color photographs, and new material emphasizing each figure's legacy as a black American.

About the Author:
Heather Lehr Wagner is the author of more than 30 books that explore social and political issues and focus on the lives of prominent men and women

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sara Rofofsky Marcus
A welcome addition to the "Black Americans of Achievement Legacy Edition" series, this work is a timely biography of Democratic primary presidential candidate Barack Obama that is geared to the very people just entering the voting process. Readers learn about his childhood, his background, his family, his schooling, and employment history, as well as his wishes and desires. An encouraging story of one who faced many trials and obstacles while growing up only to overcome adversity and become a Harvard Law School graduate and active politician, this well-documented work encourages all teens to strive to fulfill their dreams. Although it feels at times that the work is a rephrasing of Obama's own autobiographies, there is sufficient new information to make this work a welcome read for younger audiences and those who are new to the English language. Photographs provide human interest to the text, while "In His Own Words" sections give direct quotes from Obama's writings and speeches. "Did You Know?" call boxes expand upon bits of Obama's past with explanations and further details. A chronology helps readers to follow Obama's life and events in an organized fashion, while a list for additional books and web sites will aid researchers in finding more information, although there may not be as much in books as one might wish for (five works are listed, including two by Obama). A comprehensive index enables readers to quickly focus on a specific topic, while a table of contents can only slightly assist readers in finding up-to-date information. Reviewer: Sara Rofofsky Marcus

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791097168
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/28/2008
Series:
Black Americans of Achievement Series
Pages:
104
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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