Michelle Obama: A Life

Michelle Obama: A Life

by Peter Slevin


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This is the inspiring story of a modern American icon, the first comprehensive account of the life and times of Michelle Obama.

With disciplined reporting and a storyteller’s eye for revealing detail, Peter Slevin follows Michelle to the White House from her working-class childhood on Chicago’s largely segregated South Side. He illuminates her tribulations at Princeton University and Harvard Law School during the racially charged 1980s and the dilemmas she faced in Chicago while building a high-powered career, raising a family, and helping a young community organizer named Barack Obama become president of the United States.

From the lessons she learned in Chicago to the messages she shares as one of the most recognizable women in the world, the story of this First Lady is the story of America. Michelle Obama: A Life is a fresh and compelling view of a woman of unique achievement and purpose.  


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ISBN-13: 9780307949318
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/26/2016
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 496,555
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Peter Slevin is a contributing writer for The New Yorker, focusing on politics. He spent a decade on the national staff of The Washington Post, writing extensively about Barack and Michelle Obama, as well as political campaigns and policy debates from one end of the country to the other. He lives in Evanston, Illinois, where he is a professor at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3

1 Chicago's Promise 7

2 South Side 26

3 Destiny Not Yet Written 48

4 Orange and Blackness 71

5 Progress in Everything and Nothing 95

6 Finding the Right Thing 116

7 Assets and Deficits 134

8 A Little Tension with That 154

9 Just Don't Screw It Up 174

10 I'm Pretty Convincing 197

11 Veil of Impossibility 218

12 Nothing Would Have Predicted 247

13 Between Politics and Sanity 270

14 Simple Gifts 293

15 I Am No Different from You 322

Epilogue 343

Acknowledgments 349

Notes 353

Bibliography 397

Index 401

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