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Before the White House and Air Force One, before the TV ads and the enormous rallies, there was the real Barack Obama: a man wrestling with the momentous decision to run for the presidency, feeling torn about leaving behind a young family, and figuring out how to win the biggest prize in politics. This book is the previously untold and epic story of how a political newcomer with no money and an alien name grew into the world's most powerful leader. But it is also a uniquely intimate portrait of the person the ...

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Before the White House and Air Force One, before the TV ads and the enormous rallies, there was the real Barack Obama: a man wrestling with the momentous decision to run for the presidency, feeling torn about leaving behind a young family, and figuring out how to win the biggest prize in politics. This book is the previously untold and epic story of how a political newcomer with no money and an alien name grew into the world's most powerful leader. But it is also a uniquely intimate portrait of the person the Secret Service refers to as Renegade, a book that answers the simple yet enduring question about Barack Obama: Who is he?

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Editorial Reviews

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“The first of the President Obama books–and a good one–insightful, thorough, and straight.”
—Ben Bradlee, Washington Post

“If you really want to know what happened inside the Obama campaign, this is the one book that will take you there. My jaw dropped time and time again reading details that, despite the coverage, were never revealed in the long campaign. A clear-eyed, up-close look at the campaign, Renegade is the one Obama book that should not be missed.”
—Michele Norris, All Things Considered

“A superb achievement. With an almost painterly eye, compelling insights, and extraordinary access to Barack Obama and his inner circle, Richard Wolffe’s Renegade tells the hidden, dramatic story of the 2008 campaign and also reveals much we did not know about the 44th president’s life before politics. Wolffe’s brisk, well-written narrative is fully in the tradition of Theodore White and Richard Ben Cramer, capturing a pivotal presidential contest dominated by one of the most luminous figures in modern American history.”
—Michael Beschloss, author of Presidential Courage

“Many journalists covered the 2008 presidential campaign for newsrooms and blogvilles. Not the intrepid Richard Wolffe. With gumshoe persistence he tracked Barack Obama’s historic march to victory with grace and cunning. Renegade offers a deft mix of biography, personal reflection, British wit, and old-style journalism. Destined to be a classic in its genre.”
—Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, Rice University

“Politics is a lot like basketball–complete with drives up the middle, clutch rebounding, and smart head fakes. In Renegade, Richard Wolffe takes us inside the game through unparalleled access to candidate-turned-president Obama and through his own canny eye and wit. I learned something new on practically every page.”
—Gwen Ifill, Washington Week in Review and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

“This is an insightful, unusually moving, fully observed portrait of the improbable candidate and complicated man who would be president, a riveting backstage drama set just at the moment America’s third act prepared to debut. If Jefferson started the exalted but flawed exercise and Lincoln enlarged it, then with Richard Wolffe’s wonderful book–graced as it is with a journalist’s eye and a historian’s breadth and command–we are granted the gift of access to the second skinny lawyer from Illinois who would save our country. Marvelous.”
—Ken Burns, award-winning filmmaker

From the Hardcover edition.

Michiko Kakutani
…less interesting as an account of the campaign…than as a thoughtful meditation on Mr. Obama's life and character. Mr. Wolffe's portrait is familiar in its essentials, depicting a candidate who is idealistic but pragmatic, highly disciplined as a thinker and steady…At the same time this smart, sympathetic book does a nimble job of amplifying the self-portrait laid out in Mr. Obama's 1995 memoir, Dreams From My Father, connecting emotional dots outlined there, while underscoring what Mr. Wolffe sees as the fundamental themes in the president's life: the emergence of his political philosophy from his own efforts to come to terms with his multiracial inheritance, and the impact that growing up abroad had on his view of America and its place in the world.
—The New York Times
Ted Widmer
Renegade"stakes an audacious claim to its own importance and largely lives up to it…the book is clear, concise and well written, effectively retelling a story that still astonishes us, even after we all lived through it
—The Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307463135
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/4/2010
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.06 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Wolffe
RICHARD WOLFFE is an award-winning journalist and political analyst for MSNBC television, appearing frequently on MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and Hardball. He covered the entire length of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign for Newsweek magazine. Before Newsweek, Wolffe was a senior journalist at the Financial Times, serving as its deputy bureau chief and U.S. diplomatic correspondent. He lives with his wife and their three children in Washington, D.C.

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One

Change

Election day starts, in the small hours, where the candidate has spent most of his last 626 days: on a plane. Stuck to the gray plastic walls of the pressurized cabin are snapshots of his odyssey across cities and fields, mountains and deserts, continents and oceans. A snowstorm in Iowa, a press conference in Downing Street. Camera crews dozing onboard, Secret Service agents sharing a joke. The candidate signing books, reporters holding audio recorders close to his face. Now, between the empty candy wrappers and the drained beer bottles, he walks back one last time from his spacious first-class section, through his staffers’ business-class seats, to the coach class of the press. “You know, whatever happens, it’s extraordinary you guys have shared this process with us, and I just want to say thank you and I appreciate you,” he says, shaking everyone’s hand. One reporter asks how he’s feeling, but he insists that he won’t answer questions. Even obvious ones. He thanks the young TV producers who have trailed his every move from the start, admires the photos on the overhead bins, then pokes fun at a magazine reporter who was parodied on Saturday Night Live. He gives a birthday kiss to a young photo-grapher, shakes hands with every member of the aircrew, and finishes with a simple farewell: “OK, guys, let’s go home.”

The last twenty-four hours felt like the longest day of the long campaign. It began with the news that the last living person to raise him through childhood, his grandmother Toot, had lost her struggle against cancer. At his penultimate stop in Charlotte, North Carolina, it rains so hard, and for so long, that it’s hard to see the streaks running down both his cheeks. They don’t come obviously or immediately. Hardened by two years of campaigning and many more years of self-control, his voice never breaks as he announces the news. “Some of you heard that my grandmother who helped raise me passed away early this morning,” he says calmly. “Look, she has gone home. And she died peacefully in her sleep, with my sister at her side. So there’s great joy as well as tears. I’m not going to talk about it too long, because it’s hard a little to talk about.” His face remains composed as he talks about the “bittersweet” sensation of losing his grandmother while his campaign draws to a close. He betrays little emotion as he describes her as “a quiet hero” and sketches out her life story. But when he starts to read his stump speech from his teleprompter, when he talks about the broken politics in Washington, he surreptitiously strokes one cheek with his thumb. He condemns eight years of failed Bush policies, and casually strokes the other cheek. Two minutes later, as the crowd chants “Yes We Can,” he finally takes a handkerchief out of his pocket and wipes his face down. It is one of the rarest moments of the entire election: a display of raw emotion from a candidate whose mask almost never slips before the dozens of cameras that trail him every day. Even then, at his most vulnerable point, he defers the moment and dissipates its impact.

The cracks in his self-control spread to those closest to him. Standing at the back of a leaking tent in a parched yellow field is the candidate’s friend and strategist David Axelrod. “He’s at peace with what happened. It wasn’t unexpected. He just wishes he had some time to deal with it in his own way,” Axelrod says. “But I’m finding this hard right now. The enormity of it all is almost overwhelming. I love him; he’s my friend. This election is ridiculously long and there are many stupid things about it. But you really have to earn the presidency. And he’s been tested. You can’t hide it or fake it.”

Yet the candidate has partly passed the test by hiding himself away. By the time he reaches the final campaign rally in Manassas, Virginia, he has regained full control. Close to the site of two Confederate victories in the Civil War, the nation’s first major African American nominee—a Democrat, no less—speaks to some 100,000 people at Prince William Fairgrounds. As a community organizer two decades earlier, Obama often feared that no one would show up to his meetings. Now there are so many people the traffic is snarled for hours and miles around. These crowds, he says, have enriched him, moved him, and lifted him up when he was down. Now he’s so inspired he tells his signature story from Greenwood, South Carolina. The tale of a little woman who lifted his spirits, on a dismal day early in the campaign, with a simple chant: “Fired Up! Ready to Go!”

“It shows you what one voice can do,” he concludes. “One voice can change a room. And if a voice can change a room, it can change a city! And if it can change a city, it can change a state! And if it can change a state, it can change a nation! And if it can change a nation, it can change the world!”

Yet at the start of this historic election day, in the early hours of the morning, the candidate seems weighed down. Determined and spirited perhaps, but also crushed with exhaustion and emotion. The gray wisps on his head are now visible from a distance, like the lines scored close to his eyes and across his cheeks. He sounds fired up, but looks ready to drop.

It is one in the morning when he lands at Chicago’s Midway airport. The polls have already closed in the small New Hampshire town of Dixville Notch, which has not voted for a Democratic president since 1968, but favors Obama by fifteen votes to six. The candidate walks down the stairs from his plane and steps into his armored SUV to a flash of cameras. Behind him is a new addition to his motorcade: another SUV filled with a black-clad, heavily armed Counter Assault Team.

Obama liked to describe his journey from freshman senator to presidential front-runner as an improbable one. It was also preposterous and quixotic, at least in the judgment of the greatest political minds in the nation’s capital. In February 2007, as Obama was readying the formal launch of his campaign, President Bush cast his expert eye across the contenders who wanted to succeed him. Sitting in the yellow oval room of the White House, on the second-floor residence of the executive mansion, the president conceded he had no idea who would win the GOP nomination. But he was clear about the other side. “I think Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee,” he said with his feet propped on a glass coffee table. “I’ll tell you why. I think she will because I think she has staying power, star power, and money power. She brings a big orga?nization that is well funded right off the bat, and one of the lessons I learned is you have to be able to play the long ball.” As for Obama, who was on the verge of announcing his candidacy, Bush was deeply doubtful. “Certainly a phenom and very attractive. The guy is very smart,” he said before realizing he sounded like Joe Biden, who had just stepped into the racial minefield for calling Obama “articulate and bright and clean.” Bush was so taken aback with the public criticism of Biden that he called in his African American secretary of state Condoleezza Rice. “I don’t get it,” he said. “Condi, what’s going on?” Rice told him what everyone else had said: that white people don’t call each other articulate.

No matter. Only the tough and battle-scarred could survive, and Obama wasn’t one of them. “This primary election process is rough,” Bush said, popping an endless stream of peanuts into his mouth. “It’s really tough and rightly so. It exacerbates your flaws and tests your character. And I don’t think he’s been around long enough to stand it. I may be wrong. The process may forge a steel that I didn’t anticipate.”

In some ways the forty-third president was correct: Obama was untested, unforged. Not even his closest aides and friends knew whether he could really survive the trial by fire of a presidential election. There was only one way to find out. Winston Churchill once said, “No part of the education of a politician is more indispensable than the fighting of elections.” Well, the education of Barack Obama was protracted and often painful. He was a political upstart, the candidate named Renegade by the Secret Service, and he repeatedly broke the rules. He did not wait his turn to run, and had no resources in the bank when he set out. He sunk his money into lowly fieldwork, and rejected public finance. He took his campaign overseas, and staged his acceptance speech in a football stadium. He kept his tone mostly positive, and spent millions on a prime-time TV show. His middle name was Hussein, and he wasn’t even conventionally African American. No, he didn’t look like the presidents on the dollar bills, as he once quipped. For that matter, he didn’t look or sound like other candidates for president. But he was highly disciplined and driven, supremely self-confident, and he possessed the rare ability to act both as a team player and a star athlete. Although he was a renegade, he was also a cautious and pragmatic one, who played by the rules when he needed them to win. On the surface, his performance was as steady as his resting heart rate of just sixty beats a minute. But his private moods were far more variable: he could be cocky and grumpy, impatient and withdrawn. He was often an inscrutable character. Yet he struck a rare emotional connection with those around him, no matter the size of the crowd or the ego of the person he was wooing.

There was a nagging question that cropped up at the beginning and the end of the election. It was posed at the start of his presidency and will likely be posed as his term finishes as America’s commander in chief: who is Barack Obama? The mystery of Obama may seem simplistic but is nonetheless hard to unwrap. Simple questions about a president can still be stubborn and enduring ones: there remains plenty of debate about President Bush’s intellect. But while there is a long Bush record to study for clues, there is relatively little that is public about the private Obama. In fact, the best evidence lies in the extraordinary presidential campaign of 2008, in which the candidate exposed himself to intense examination. He wrote one memoir and one highly personal political treatise, both of which were minutely dissected through the course of the election. He debated two dozen times and delivered hundreds of speeches. Yet something remained hidden about his character, suppressed about his moods, deep-rooted about his thoughts. And something remained unsettling for many pundits and voters who couldn’t quite pin him down, as a black leader or pop celebrity, as a fiery preacher or closet radical.

In one way at least, his critics were surely correct: Obama lacked Washington experience. But the voters seemed to find reassurance in the way he campaigned; the way he built from scratch the most formidable election machine in history; the way he endured twenty-one months of public examination and private stress. They may not have all the answers about Obama, but the ones they heard and watched seemed satisfying. The 2008 election was by far the biggest undertaking of Obama’s life, the only real executive experience on his résumé, and the biggest clue to his future performance as president. It changed America’s view of itself, the world’s view of America, his friends’ view of Obama, and Obama’s view of himself. It was a drama of political biography performed on the biggest stage in the world: an outlandish, extraordinary spectacle that veered from inspiration to exasperation, from the mundane to the faintly insane.

This is the making of a president, witnessed from a front-row seat, as it unfolded from its first day to its last. With the help of more than a dozen one-on-one interviews with the candidate and then president—as well as scores of sessions with his trusted aides, friends, and family—this account is an attempt to translate the enigma of Barack Obama, to answer the questions of who he is and what lay behind his rise from freshman senator to forty-fourth president of the United States of America.

Six hours after Obama lands at Midway, the polls are open across the East Coast and Midwest, as they are in the Fourth Ward, Twenty-third Precinct, in Chicago—otherwise known as Beulah Shoesmith Elementary School—where voters are already lining up outside. A few blocks from the candidate’s home in Kenwood, the school is a humble, brown brick building that is showing its age. Inside the cinder-block gym, the amber wooden floor feels warm but the old backboards have no markings on them. In three corners, there are flimsy voting booths that collapse into the form of a small plastic briefcase; when opened for voting, the handles stick over the top. Affixed to the walls are bilingual voting instructions that are entirely ignored. Election officials have squeezed reporters, photographers, and TV crews onto a three-foot-high stage, draped with burnt orange curtains. Their intention is to stop the media from interfering with the voting process, but the stage only serves to elevate and exaggerate their presence. Unlike every other school gym the campaign has visited for the last twenty-one months, this one has no musical sound track, no adoring crowds stuffed onto bleachers, no speeches amplified through towers of loudspeakers.

The crowd is two-thirds African American, one-third white, and entirely informal—with two exceptions. The only people in jackets are the Secret Service agents gathered at the door and a handful of Obama’s anxious aides: his senior adviser, Robert Gibbs, wearing his trademark blue blazer, white shirt, and khaki chinos; and his body guy, Reggie Love, in a blue jacket, campaign T-shirt, and blue jeans. A single Chicago police officer stalks the gym sternly, her braided hair tumbling down from an old-fashioned peaked hat over the back of her bulletproof vest. The voters are a cross section of the mixed neighborhood close to the University of Chicago: students in sweatshirts, South Siders, and the professional class that lives in the large homes close to the candidate. “I voted for Barack Obama,” says Addison Braendel, a forty-three-year-old lawyer who lives four houses down from the Obamas. “He’s sort of a hometown favorite.”

Across the gym, glancing repeatedly toward the cameras, is a balding, overweight, late-middle-aged man with an earring in one ear, and a New York Times under his arm. He wears a black short-sleeved shirt unbuttoned to reveal a long-sleeved red T-shirt hanging loosely over faded blue jeans. When he starts posing for photos with voters, his face becomes clear: Bill Ayers, the former 1960s radical and proxy for Republican attacks on Obama’s supposedly soft touch on terrorists. Only here, he looks like a schlub, more threatening to a cinnamon roll than to the Pentagon. The candidate once dismissed him as “a guy who lives in my neighborhood,” but now Obama’s staffers are alarmed at his showing up in the neighborhood. Back at campaign headquarters, Obama’s tightly wound campaign manager, David Plouffe, pops off an e-mail in disbelief: “What is this? The bar in Star Wars?”

At the back of the stage, Reggie Love perches on the edge of a table to text-message on his cherished iPhone. Nobody knows the candidate better than Love, who plays the role of little brother and personal assistant rolled into one. He accompanies him to the gym in the morning, hands him water and snacks through the day, adjusts the height of his teleprompter before every event, watches ESPN with him in their downtime, and entertains him with stories of his after-hours partying. So how bad was the last day of the campaign for the candidate? “It was a tough day for him,” he says. “All the feelings about the end of the campaign and everything with his grandmother. But it would have been a lot worse if he hadn’t gone out to Hawaii a week before. That was a good thing to do.” Drained by sleep deprivation, Love felt revived by last night’s encore about being fired up and ready to go. “That got us through Iowa,” he said with a tired smile. “It got us all the way through.” And now that he’s gone all the way through, was it worth it—all the early mornings, all the rallies, all those days on the plane? “Are you kidding me? Hell, yeah,” he says as he relishes the prospect of change. “This is the start of the next phase. All those people who say they’re going to get their lives back—it doesn’t happen that way. It’s like Barack says: All these people go to Washington to serve other people but they forget why they should be there. They just hang on to what they’ve got.”

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Table of Contents

1 Change 1

2 The Decider 22

3 Rules for Radicals 59

4 Failure 104

5 Barack X 138

6 Game Changer 186

7 Alien 232

8 The Reckoning 274

9 Transition 301

Afterword 329

Postscript to the Paperback Edition 335

Acknowledgments 339

Source Notes 343

Index 351

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  • Posted June 3, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    A fascinating, witty and humorous biography, marvelously written

    Written with a reporter's keen eye for observation, a commentator's penchant for analysis, and the affinity and fondness for humor of an anchorman of late night shows, "Renegade: The Making of a President", a biographical book on President Obama, is a joy to read. Even though this book is based mostly on information gathered by the author during Mr. Obama's campaign for President, it reads like a biography of President Obama because the author has chosen to include a lot of biographical information also.

    Interspersed with humor and witty comments throughout the book, the book is a joy to read. For example, when Obama decides to offer the job of Secretary of State to Mrs. Clinton, one of Obama's senior aids says: "There was a lot of encouragement from inside the Senate to get her into this job. They wanted her out of there."

    Unlike several of his former colleagues in the senate, Obama holds no grudges and he tends to forgive people: "His staff opposed the idea for the most part, arguing that Clinton would never be truly loyal. But Obama was willing to leave the primaries behind, including his own strong feelings at the time. "I don't hold grudges," he told his aides. "I don't worry about the past. I'm concerned about what happens now. If she can help me and Bill Clinton isn't too much of a liability, we should seriously look at this."

    The word "Renegade" refers to the code word the Secret service used for candidate Obama. I have no doubt that the code has now been changed. Those who have read President Obama's two autobiographical books, "Dreams from my Father" and "The audacity of Hope" will get a deeper insight into the President's life, beliefs, philosophy and character. How his work as a community organizer has influenced his thoughts, ideals and beliefs is explained here very lucidly.

    "Renegade: The Making of a President" is a complex, marvelously written, deep, humorous and thought-provoking book.
    Yesh Prabhu, Plainsboro, NJ

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2009

    Great Book

    I would recommend this book for anyone that has an open mind and wants to know more about this remarkable man. If running this country doesn't break him, I predict he will go down in history as a "doer", not just as our first black president.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2009

    Excellent written book with great insight in the campaign of President Obama

    enjoyed this book. Easy reading

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

    I Enjoyed Reading It

    I got what I paid for. It was interesting and well written.

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

    A great book!

    As a fan of both President Obama and Richard Wolffe, I totally enjoyed this book. It's not the type I normally read, but this one was a real pleasure. I'd recommend it for those who support the President, as well as for those who are open-minded enough to want to know him better, and for people who would just like to read a good book.

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

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    Obama Campaign from a Reporter's View

    Because I followed the Obama campaign very closely, I did not learn so much new information in Mr. Wolffe's book; however, I did enjoy the recap. Richard Wolffe works for Newsweek and appears often on MSNBC and so I have heard him many times and I consider him a very intelligent and informed person. He interviewed Mr. Obama many times on the campaign trail and was with him at many events over many months. From these experiences, he wrote RENEGADE.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2009

    Excellent for politically interested readers

    Well written and lots of little known facts

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2009

    Insightful, Interesting Read

    Renegade is a rare look from the inside of a historic campaign. The book is a candid, behind-the-scenes look at the Obama presidential campaign. The organization of the book is topical rather than chronological. The result is a very in-depth look at particular aspects of the campaign.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

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    Fine Overview

    Richard Wolffe has written a detailed account of the Obama Campaign from the inside, since he covered it for Newsweek from almost the beginning. While not as insightful as I might have hoped, it tells details of the campaign I had not heard while it was ongoing and makes clear why the campaign was run the way it was- and why some of the speeches/responses to his opponents were what they were. Future writers looking back at this campaign and Obama's presidency will be glad this book was written.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

    A publication that is first on my list as a recommendation to my literary friends.

    Richard did a great job with this book. Certainly, a topic of primary interest to many of us. His writing style presented me with a publication that was very very difficult to lay down, as it captured my interest immediately and successfully held it throughout. I learned much about our President that was not only enlightening but also surprising. I congratulate both the author and publisher on this intriguing and informative publication.

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

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    LOVED IT

    Being a political junkie, I found this to be wonderfully enlightening. Richard shows the doubts and insecurities that are rarely seen, if ever, from Pres. Obama. It confirms my respect for a man that has worked his whole life to help the underdog. Thank you Richard for listening to the advice to write this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2009

    GOOD SO FAR

    I have not read very far yet, but am enjoying this book very much so far. It's well-written and interesting to learn about the Obamas, and also all the steps that go into planning and executing a presedential campaign. I will definitely be sharing this book or buying more copies as gifts.

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  • Posted August 10, 2009

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    Good Campaign Detail But Lacks Critical Eye

    Renegade provides a detailed account of President Barack Obama's campaign for the presidency as perceived by a Newsweek reporter who had traveled with the campaign. In addition to the detailed campaign information there was also some biographical information provided here and there. The title "Renegade" is based on the non-traditional campaign run by Barack Obama and his unprecedented, rapid ascension to the presidency. Although there were some interesting points to this book overall I was left disappointed. I was hoping for more of a critique of the campaign - both good and bad. Although there were many examples by which this campaign bucked the trends of the more established campaigns - I felt overall it was just a bit too positive - a critical look at events would have been welcomed. This is a good book for someone interested in the details of a presidential campaign or biographical information on President Obama.



    For a more in-depth review refer to my blog article: "Renegade Book Review" located at: http://capecodbranding.com/blog/2009/07/28/renegade-book-review/

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2009

    A great headline. Inspires you to want to read the book

    I have read this book in less than a week. The writer wants to make you want to see how this candidate,Barack Obama, would make it to be president.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

    Enlightening!

    I loved this book! This was such an amazing read. It made me so proud to have voted for President Obama. This really take you on the trail to victory. I really respect Wolffe, well done!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

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    Loved it, glad I bought it

    enjoyed listening to this author and his side of the story of our president and how he came to be. I think the material as it is presented it good for listeners of any age and any political party.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2012

    One of the worst books I've ever read Filled with grammatical an

    One of the worst books I've ever read
    Filled with grammatical and spelling errors
    very disjoined and filled with lies and distortions
    a waste of trees

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    WHO HAS THE ROD OF POWER NOW?

    Rebazar Tarzs and The Real Universal Guides, taught Paul Twitchell to take on the task of what this world knows nothing about, and that is what Paul termed 'THE ROD OF POWER. When Paul left this life, The RealGuides asked Darwin Gross, then Harold Klemp to step in as caretakers until 2001, when The RealGuides gave DUANE THE GREAT WRITER, THE NUWAVE, THE ROD OF POWER. A very simple confirmation is available for those who have The RealCourage to ask Rebazar Tarzs or Paul Twitchell, 'Who has The Rod of Power Now?' DUANE THE GREAT WRITER is providing The NUAdventure, The NUPresentation, as The Real Universal Guides are backing Duane, and not those who are from the old school of masters and gurus praying to The Gods of Man. The TruReality, THE ALL IS, is AlwaysNU. DUANE THE GREAT WRITER, is providing The NU-U Sessions for all the confirmation anyone will need to experience 'WHO HAS THE ROD OF POWER NOW!'

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

    Well written, little new material

    I would not recommend this book for any political junkies. There is very little in this book that the reader will find new. If someone is looking for a true understanding of the 2008 election, I think they should look to the new Haynes Johnson book.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

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    Richard Wolf's "Renegade" is a disappointment.

    Richard Wolf's "Renegade" is a disappointment. Not enough behind the scenes campaign strategy and too much Obama fawning.

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