The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama

The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama

by David Remnick
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The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama by David Remnick

National Bestseller

In this nuanced and complex portrait of Barack Obama, Pulitzer Prize-winner David Remnick offers a thorough, intricate, and riveting account of the unique experiences that shaped our nation’s first African American president.
 
Through extensive on-the-record interviews with friends and teachers, mentors and disparagers, family members and Obama himself, Remnick explores the elite institutions that first exposed Obama to social tensions, and the intellectual currents that contributed to his identity. Using America’s racial history as a backdrop for Obama’s own story, Remnick further reveals how an initially rootless and confused young man built on the experiences of an earlier generation of black leaders to become one of the central figures of our time.
 
Masterfully written and eminently readable, The Bridge is destined to be a lasting and illuminating work for years to come, by a writer with an unparalleled gift for revealing the historical significance of our present moment.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307594709
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/06/2010
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 672
Sales rank: 532,589
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

David Remnick was a reporter for The Washington Post for ten years, including four in Moscow. He joined The New Yorker as a writer in 1992 and has been the magazine’s editor since 1998. His previous book, King of the World, a biography of Muhammad Ali, was selected by Time as the top nonfiction book of the year. Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire won a Pulitzer Prize.

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The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
OsoChistoso More than 1 year ago
I felt so refreshed after finishing this book. I had been feeling disheartened and worried that so many of us seem to wish our president, and hence out nation, to fail. Now I feel confident that Obama will be among the top rank of US presidents, whatever the ignoramuses Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, O'Reilly and the FoxNews dittoheads think. We are very fortunate to have such a balanced and brilliant man at the helm. I hope that many millions of Americans will read this informative, entertaining and at times very funny book. David Remnick is an eminently qualified author. Not only has he won the Pulitzer Prize for his writing but he is the editor of America's most respected literary weekly, The New Yorker. At almost 600 pages the book is long, but it's so well written it flies by. I finished it in four days! Thank you, Mr. Remnick! My hat's off to you... Go-bama!
Book-touched More than 1 year ago
A masterful story teller, Remnick gives voice to the people (current and past), events (historical and recent), and struggles (heroic and mundane) that shaped the life of our young President, Barack Obama and that led to the election of our nation's First African American president. As the collection of stories gathered from Remnick's exhaustive personal interviews and research unfold THE BRIDGE is at once informative, inspirational and thought provoking. Some of the stories and events are gloriously triumphant while others are bitterly painful causing the reader to experience a full measure of human emotions. Reading this book for me was reminiscent of listening to a parent relay wonderful memories at an early morning breakfast table or of sitting at the knee of an elder calling forth fond remembrances with a twinkle in the eye. Far from an elder, in fact the reverse is true, for me Remnick captures that experience of being transported into historical events. A word of caution here, at the beginning it may take some time to settle into Remnick's method of story telling however once mastered he holds the readers rapt attention, which is how I believe history should be taught.
TheReadingWriter More than 1 year ago
This dense and detailed look at a moment in history when Obama began his run for the White House in the end gives a reader the sense of a blind man running his hands over an elephant, or of Galileo gazing at the stars. The detail just makes one jealous to know those things we are not reading about--what was Obama thinking, not just what he was saying. One wants the man himself, not just the story of him. Every book about this period is bound to be a disappointment in itself. It cannot capture the utter impossibility of the moment--the day by day disbelief of hearing Obama is still in the race and gaining, rather than losing, adherents. Of Obama facing challenges (Reverend Wright) greater than those that had brought down more conventional candidates (Kerry's Swift boat controversy), and emerging even larger than before. It does not tell us, in the end, how this happened. But among books of the period, this will rank among the best. Remick's calm amidst the forest of details, and clear, thoughtful delivery make him a companionable guide. He is not so casual as to make one doubt his sources, but he does not flaunt his erudition or access. This must be one of the most readable tomes on a time when America suprised everyone--even Americans.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Putrid , sycophantic rubbish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hah so true you rock my friend
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The only reason id read this book is "know thy enemt"
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Dont care for him
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