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This serviceable, but not stellar, biography of the Illinois senator will probably be dated before it hits library shelves. It follows the usual series formula of anecdote followed by chatty narration. ("He kept Michelle in his heart though, and knew he would return to Chicago . . . .When he graduated, opulent law firms flung their doors open to him.") Full-color photos appear throughout; many are relevant but others are merely filler-an aerial view of Chicago's coastline, a "Colored" water fountain, asbestos fibers, and more. This book is longer than Marlene Targ Brill's Barack Obama: Working to Make a Difference (Millbrook, 2006) though not necessarily more useful or readable.
—Linda BeckCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.