Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots: How Barack Obama, Two Bookstore Owners and 300 Volunteers Did It

Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots: How Barack Obama, Two Bookstore Owners and 300 Volunteers Did It

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by John Presta
     
 

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Chicago community activists John Presta and his wife Michelle were running their small, popular independent bookstore, Reading on Walden, when Barack Obama's campaign asked them to help in his 2000 race for Congress. Instantly impressed after meeting Obama, the Prestas came on board and stayed on board after his loss. An engaging, detailed, first person account of

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Chicago community activists John Presta and his wife Michelle were running their small, popular independent bookstore, Reading on Walden, when Barack Obama's campaign asked them to help in his 2000 race for Congress. Instantly impressed after meeting Obama, the Prestas came on board and stayed on board after his loss. An engaging, detailed, first person account of the Prestas' personal interactions with Obama and how they, together with Obama and his early campaign workers, slowly and steadily built a grassroots organization around a highly committed group of some 300 volunteers. The Prestas shortly became known as "Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots" in the Obama campaign, and Obama himself called them his "southwest side powerhouses." This book peels the layers off the early years of Obama's political career, detailing how he and individual grassroots and "netroots" organizers built a successful campaign despite the Chicago political machine and won the 2004 Senate race, causing immediate speculation about Obama for President. With great insight into a younger Barack Obama's character, vision, self-confidence and determination, Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots shows how change comes slowly, gradually, incrementally, and suddenly, and how one person-or two-can make a difference that changes the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780981971926
Publisher:
Elevator Group, The
Publication date:
01/20/2010
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

John Presta, the son of Italian-born immigrants, was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He and his wife Michelle are community organizers and leaders. He worked at several newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times, in such positions as typesetter, reporter, circulation manager, and ad sales. He is currently working on his next book in the Mr. & Mrs. Grassroots series.

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Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots: How Barack Obama, Two Bookstore Owners and 300 Volunteers Did It 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
patriciap56 More than 1 year ago
Fascinating and incredible book. It brings you closer to Michelle and Barack...their life, struggles and true charactor of our First Family... You feel the strenght and persistence as if you were taking this journey with them. This book will be a collector's dream....Many years from now our great-grandchildren will know the sacrifice that is takes to make it into the White House....