Deconstructing Obama: The Life, Loves, and Letters of America's First Postmodern President

Deconstructing Obama: The Life, Loves, and Letters of America's First Postmodern President

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by Jack Cashill
     
 

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From the author of "What's the Matter with California? "comes a bold, well-researched examination of whether Barack Obama's "Dreams from My Father"-- and whether it is more myth than fact.
How did Barack Obama, a man who had previously written little else, suddenly pen what "Time "magazine calls "the best-written memoir ever produced by an American politician"?

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From the author of "What's the Matter with California? "comes a bold, well-researched examination of whether Barack Obama's "Dreams from My Father"-- and whether it is more myth than fact.
How did Barack Obama, a man who had previously written little else, suddenly pen what "Time "magazine calls "the best-written memoir ever produced by an American politician"? Here, in "Deconstructing Obama," political scholar and author Jack Cashill analyzes and pieces together Obama's statements about his life to get at the truth behind the man.
Cashill's "eureka" moment came when he realized that the structure of "Dreams of My Father "loosely mirrors that of Homer's Odyssey. From the moment of that revelation, Cashill researched, read, and examined interviews, writings, and statements about the President's life story, focusing especially on a poem written when Obama was nineteen. According to the facts, in conjunction with Obama's statements and writings, Cashill's conclusion is that the stories don't add up--and for the nearly 2 million people who read and accepted the story about Obama's life--the truth is that it may be more myth than history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451611120
Publisher:
Threshold Editions
Publication date:
10/18/2014
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,206,476
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Jack Cashill is an independent writer and producer and, on a contractual basis, the executive editor of Ingram’s Magazine, the Kansas City regional business magazine.

In addition to his work with Ingram’s, Jack has written for Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Weekly Standard, and regularly for the American Thinker and WorldNetDaily.

Within the last decade Jack has written six other books of non-fiction—First Strike, Ron’s Brown’s Body, Hoodwinked, Sucker Punch, What’s the Matter with California, and Popes and Bankers. Jack has also produced nearly a score of documentaries for regional PBS and national cable channels.

Jack has a Ph.D. from Purdue University in American studies, has taught at Purdue and at Kansas City area universities, and has served as a Fulbright professor in France.

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Deconstructing Obama: The Life, Loves, and Letters of America's First Postmodern President 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Semi-liberal More than 1 year ago
Jack Cashill argues credibly that much of Barack Obama's accepted biography and resume consists of distortions and falsehoods. If Cashill is on to something, then Americans elected a President in 2008 they knew almost nothing about, and they did so because journalists covering Senator Obama's campaign for the Presidency failed to ask obvious questions of the Democratic candidate, such as how a busy attorney who has published virtually nothing suddenly writes a polished memoir that romanticizes the wastrel father who abandoned him. Odd that the book appears just as the attorney launches his political career. Americans might have regarded DREAMS FROM MY FATHER as a lemon if professional reviewers hadn't insisted it is lemonade. Jack Cashill peers into the gulf between Barack Obama's soaring rhetoric and his uneven performance as President and points to some unsettling conclusions. Cashill implies that political professionals can sell American voters an unvetted Presidential candidate much as foreign manufacturers can sell American consumers toxic products because the political marketplace in the United States lacks journalistic rigor and citizen participation.
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As a retired Professor of English, I would place this book among the best works of literary detection, including Richard Altick's famous _The Scholar Adventurers_. Cashill examines not only the parallels in vocabulary, idiom, sentence structure, and narrative structure between Ayers' work and _Dreams from My Father_, but also the lack of congruence between _Dreams_ and Obama's other writing. (I'm especially intrigued by the parallel use of the _Odyssey_ structure in _Dreams_ and _Fugitive Days_. This is a fascinating discovery.) Cashill also examines the work of other researchers, even those who resgister uncertainty about the value of their findings. Again, as a retired English Professor, and one who served for nine years on plagiarism boards at a major research university, I find Cashill's work compelling and his conclusions about authorship convincing.
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