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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Did Obama write his own books and is the story they tell true?

“I've written two books,” Barack Obama told a crowd of teachers in July of 2008. “I actually wrote them myself.” The teachers exploded in laughter. They got the joke: lesser politicians were not bright enough to do the same. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama

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Did Obama write his own books and is the story they tell true?

“I've written two books,” Barack Obama told a crowd of teachers in July of 2008. “I actually wrote them myself.” The teachers exploded in laughter. They got the joke: lesser politicians were not bright enough to do the same. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama supporters pointed to the first of those two books, the 1995 memoir, Dreams from My Father, as proof of Obama’s superior intellect. Time magazine called Dreams “the best-written memoir ever produced by an American politician.” The Obama campaign machine traded on the candidate’s literary reputation, encouraging volunteers to “get out the vote and keep talking to others about the genius of Barack Obama.”

There was just one small flaw, as writer and literary detective Jack Cashill discovered months before the November 2008 election: nothing in Obama’s history suggested he was capable of writing either Dreams or his 2006 book, The Audacity of Hope. In fact, as Cashill continued his research, he came to the shocking conclusion that the real craftsman behind Dreams was terrorist emeritus Bill Ayers.

“This was a charge,” David Remnick admits in his definitive Obama biography, The Bridge, “that if ever proved true, or believed to be true among enough voters, could have been the end of the candidacy.”

Deconstructing Obama tells the story of what happens when a citizen journalist discovers a game-changing reality that the media refuse to acknowledge. Despite their rejection, Cashill expanded his research into Obama’s literary canon. As he came to see, if Dreams serves as sacred text, the poem “Pop” is the Rosetta stone, the key to deciphering Obama’s shrouded past, his fragile psyche, and his uniquely cryptic political life. In unlocking that past, Cashill discovered that the story that Obama has been telling all his life varies from the true story in ways big and small. In fact, much of Obama’s life story appears to be a wholly constructed fabrication, one that Jack Cashill “deconstructs” to show the world just who Barack Obama really is.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451611113
Publisher:
Threshold Editions
Publication date:
02/15/2011
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.38(h) x 1.20(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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