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Obama: The Historic Front Pages

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by David Elliot Cohen
Celebrate a milestone in American history:

The election of President Barack Obama

Yes, he did! When Barack Obama became president-elect on November 4, 2008, he transformed Martin’s Luther King’s dream into reality. Obama, and the 66.3 million Americans who voted for him, proved to the world that all things are


Celebrate a milestone in American history:

The election of President Barack Obama

Yes, he did! When Barack Obama became president-elect on November 4, 2008, he transformed Martin’s Luther King’s dream into reality. Obama, and the 66.3 million Americans who voted for him, proved to the world that all things are possible. And the day after, people from coast to coast lined up to buy newspapers as souvenirs. The demand was unprecedented, with stands and stores quickly selling out: USA Today sold an extra 380,000 copies, while the Atlanta Journal-Constitution went back to print five times.

Now, everyone can own a piece of history, thanks to this gorgeous commemorative album of front pages that capture Barack Obama’s extraordinary journey to the White House. Featuring newspapers both domestic and foreign, and depicting all the landmarks in this groundbreaking campaign—including the inauguration—Obama is a stunning keepsake for all who experienced this remarkable moment…and future generations, too.

• The only book to feature five historic speeches as well as front pages of three significant moments: when Obama won the Democratic nomination; when he became the first African-American elected president; and when he was sworn in

• Includes the historic speech “A More Perfect Union,” delivered at Constitution Hall,

Philadelphia, March 18, 2008

· Includes newspapers from both America and around the world, with pull quotes and translations of foreign headlines

· Stunning photos from the nomination and election plus original images of the inauguration shot especially for this book

• An introduction by Howard Dodson, director of the prestigious Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

This "commemorative album" could serve as a somewhat basic pathfinder to the Obama newspaper record online. Some 120 front pages are shown in full color, captioned with their web addresses, from only the following dates: August 29, 2008 (Obama's nomination acceptance); November 5, 6, and 7, 2008 (his election); and January 21, 2009 (the inauguration). Pull quotes in a large font are offered on neighboring pages in some cases. There's also the full text of five Obama speeches: announcing his candidacy; accepting the nomination; speaking after his election victory; his inaugural address; and, oddly placed after the inauguration, his speech in March 2008 on the Reverend Wright and race. There's no listing of the newspapers included and no rationale offered for why these particular ones were chosen. The selection is worldwide, so several are not in English (only the banner headlines are translated). With insufficient apparatus to make this a reference tool, it's an optional selection.
—Margaret Heilbrun

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Meet the Author

Bestselling author and editor DAVID ELLIOT COHEN has created or coauthored numerous large-format illustrated books that have collectively sold more than 5 million copies. Most were in the hugely popular Day in the Life and America 24/7 photography book series, and four have been New York Times best-sellers. Cohen has been profiled in almost every major periodical and many television news programs. His most recent book, What Matters: The world’s preeminent photojournalists and thinkers depict essential issues of our time, was just published by Sterling Publishing in 2008.

MARK GREENBERG has been a photographer for more than 30 years; after working with a major metropolitan newspaper and then AP, he founded his own photo agency, Visions. Greenberg has won World Press Photo awards and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for feature photography for his story on the Voyager aircraft. His work has appeared in nearly every major publication worldwide, including LIFE and National Geographic.

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Obama: The Historic Front Pages 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 165 reviews.
BookJunkieSR More than 1 year ago
While a great idea and a lovely compilation, this book is not for the collector. The images in the book are beautiful but the photos are small and you cannot read most of the newspaper articles pictured without a magnifying glass. The reason the book is not of keepsake quality is because the paper the pages are made from is not meant to last; the paper is thin and not of archival quality. For a keepsake quality book, try "President Obama Election 2008: Collection of Newspaper Front Pages by the Poynter Institute." If you want a book that provides an overview and some interesting supporting text "Obama: The Historic Front Pages" is fine. The writing and organization are fine; it just isn't as nice in quality as it could be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a keepsake book for people who supported Obama during the election and believe in his brand of politics. If you don't like Obama, you probably won't like this book. If you support Obama, you probably will. This book combines three distinct elements: newspaper front pages from across America and around the world when Obama was nominated, elected and inaugurated, double-page photos from those events, and five important speeches. Together these elements capture the Obama phenomenon and package it in a convenient form. The newspaper front pages contain great headlines and photos that are easily readable, and it is interesting to see how Obama is perceived in different states and countries. The newspapers obviously had to be shrunk to fit in a book that can actually be kept on a shelf, so people over 40 may have trouble reading the newspaper articles without a magnifier. The headlines and the text of the speeches, on the other hand, are quite large. All the discussion about acid-free, archival paper is ridiculous. This book is published by a major illustrated book publisher. They're not stupid and self-destructive enough to use defective paper. The reproductions in this book will likely last much longer than the original newspapers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son gave me this book yesterday as a birthday gift. Many years ago I worked at one of the great newspapers on the printing line and he knew of my love for the business. This book brings so many voices from all around the world and the way they are presented is really smart. To have Obama's speeches all in one place, and to be able to read them at my own pace brings an even greater appreciation of their force and conviction. It's a great book. To the guy who thought the paper is thin or not of collectible quality-well-he is wrong. This paper is clearly acid-free and is probably archival, and it has somewhat of the feel of real newspapers which I am sure is intended. I'm still a printer running my own shop with my son and I should know. My only other comment is the cover is printed a shade dark.
ggail More than 1 year ago
This is such a refreshing way to see the way the country and the world reacted to this extraordinary man. Because, in this book, the news pages are readable, I can get a sense of the universal hope that we all need. Reading the speeches in the way they are presented, brought tears to my eyes yet again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's amazing to see how the world recorded this incredible event. Not only is our new president cool, but the man can write!
PrinceTon74 More than 1 year ago
How did the south treat the election? How did the midwest adapt to the democratic win? How did the Northeast pay tribute? and How did the world view the opportunity of a young black american and his historic achievement. It's all here as reflected in the front pages of newspapers from around the world. A great way to sit and absorb the man, the election process and the public perception. His speeches-all of the improtant ones are here and they are electric and inspiring. The still photographs are beautiful. Two thumbs up!
gramz More than 1 year ago
this will be treasured by my grandchildren, as they are all the begining of a new brighter era, begining with President Obama!!
Hobbitgrl More than 1 year ago
I purchased 3 copies of this book for my husband, son and Mom. They loved the book. It has beautiful photos and many different newspapers covers from all over the world. If you are looking for a beautiful keepsake this is it.
holly33 More than 1 year ago
great collector's item has a lot of news paper article's including our local paper
BetsCO More than 1 year ago
This resource helps to provide a broader perspective of the political scene. The images are positive and up-lifting, just as Barrack Obama's candidacy. It provides five historic speeches along with the front pages of newspapers around the world on the occasion of his nomination, election, and inauguration. In short, The Historic Front Pages captures the man and his decisive moment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perfect gift book. Compiles Obama's speech on race from March 2008, his inaugural address, and other key speeches in one place. And the speeches are presented in clear, readable type in a format that lends itself to reflection and discussion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great addition to my collection of Obama memorabilia and books
RHS52 More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful addition to my historical collection on the presidency of Barack Obama. The pictures are beautiful, and the headlines from the newspapers of other countries are spectacular. I would recommend it to others to keep or pass along to future generations.
Eroticism More than 1 year ago
This book is a must have. Obama has a lot of haters and I am glad he didn't listen to the naysayers and he is now the President. Wonderful book!
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LyndaLovesBooks More than 1 year ago
This is a valuable book to have in your library because it is not only a collector's item, it also correctly chronicles the election of a man who was once, because of the color of his skin, thought not possible. The WORLD celebrated the news and the headlines everywhere seemed to be in agreement that (1) a truly new day in the U.S. was beginning (2) this country, while always boasting of welcoming all to it's shores & saying 'anyone (born here) could grow up to be President, finally proved that it is not only white males who can lead this country (3) this election was the most MAJOR election ever in U.S. history and the world was HAPPY about the results. I am still dazed as I flip the pages of this book...and am thrilled to see it have happened in my lifetime!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was first noticed at our local library. I knew I wanted a copy at first sight. I, also Knew friends and co-workers that would likeit as well. Saving money is never easy, but I managed to purchse 3 copies a month to give to others. Now with the price reduced, I am hording several for the sure desire of others later on. My next purchase will include the other volume that covers the campaign.
Miz-Vic More than 1 year ago
I purchased the first copy of this book for someone celebrating an 80th birthday. The recipient was so excited that she cried. Many African Americans did not think they would live long enough to see this country elect a person of color as President of the United States. Since the first purchase I intend to buy several more as historical momentos, particularly for seniors. I still have publications detailing historic events from the lives of President John F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert Kennedy, Lady Diana, etc. Our youth must understand from whence we have come, and understand there is much work yet to be done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Steve_in_Tustin More than 1 year ago
Disappointing. The one photograph I was looking for, of a shot of the crowd looking out from the podium, was absent. There was a closeup of the Lincoln Bible, but that was all. Also, not much commentary or historical background related to the photographs. Mainly just headlines and Obama's speeches. I guess I was expecting something more than headlines. What you see is what you get.
Pretty_in_PinkDT More than 1 year ago
Excellent book to have in your library to commemorate a significant milestone in our nation's history. I purchased several copies and gave as a gift. A good resource for the very young who don't understand the significance, but will over time. A piece of history beautifully captured in vivid pictures.
brittney_r More than 1 year ago
I love this book and will keep it for my grand children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simply amazing, I highly recommend this book for every family!
Alpha_PhD More than 1 year ago
Excellent reference from a historic perspective for younger children. The vivid images from a world perspective and national presence allow individuals to feel the magnitude of the accomplishment.