"The authors chart the rise of Barack Obama, the senator with aspirations to the toughest job in the world, but stop short of his historic victory. As a curtain-raiser to the prospective president, this is a valuable book, written in an engagingly lucid style and filled with fascinating insights into voting patterns, fundraising, race relations, the role of the media in US politics and the arrival of a completely inexperienced face in the White House."
- The Calcutta Telegraph
"Presidential candidate Obama is the only African American in the U.S. Senate. Here, Dupuis and Boeckelman show how his stirring speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, his policy recommendations, and his charismatic style have put him in the national spotlight." - Library Journal
"Senator Barack Obama is on the precipice of making a historical political statement in the United States. The second African-American senator from Illinois, and only the fifth overall, is the first African-American presidential candidate. This book offers an insightful account and analysis of his meteoric rise and unprecedented mass appeal to the American people . . . . Barack Obama, the New Face of American Politics is part of a series dedicated to the study of women and minorities in politics. The authors, whjo are both political science professors, begin this work with the obligatory biographical information and political timeline. Its uniqueness stems from the critical and detailed account of Obama's state senate career in Illinois, followed by an analysis of the 2004 U.S. Senate campaign . . . . This book is recommended for academic and large public libraries, political science scholars and researchers, and general readers interested in the personal and political genesis of Barack Obama." - MultiCultural Review
"In light of this year's heated campaign, libraries might wish to bolster their political science sections. The authors explore the early political career of Barack Obama, includes a brief biography, and discusses Obama's career in the Illinois State Senate. . . . The goals of each chapter are clearly set out and methodically achieved. Every point is clearly sourced, and the book does not seem rushed to publication as hot topic books often are. The many quotes and statistics are well synthesized and not pasted together." - VOYA
"The authors explore the role of money, political party, ethnicity, religion, and the issues facing our society today. Obamas straightforward policy recommendations, message of hope and inclusion, and charismatic style propelled him to the national spotlight. Obama has the potential to shape America and to reshape U.S. politics as he campaigns for the White House. Obama's state senate career and his decision to enter the U.S. Senate race are examined in this book . . . . The authors analyze Obamas ability to speak to the concerns of multiple constituencies by appealing to a coalition of voters that transcends race, class, and gender. At the start of his presidential run, Obama gives new meaning to the American dream." - freebooksource.com