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Obama's Odyssey: The 2008 Race for the White House is a reporter's-eye view of events unfolding in 2007 and 2008 as Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Joe Biden, Christopher Dodd, Bill Richardson (et al.) jockeyed for position for the Democratic nomination for president, while John McCain, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney and others attempted to wrest co Obama's Odyssey: The 2008 Race for the White House is a reporter's-eye view of events unfolding in 2007 and 2008 as Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Joe Biden, Christopher Dodd, Bill Richardson (et al.) jockeyed for position for the Democratic nomination for president, while John McCain, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney and others attempted to wrest control of the Republican nomination for their party. All ran for President in a wide-open free-for-all following the end of George W. Bush's 8 years in office. Author Connie (Corcoran) Wilson, a veteran reporter for five newspapers and numerous blogs, followed the candidates from the Iowa caucuses all the way through to the convention (Volume I) and, after that, from the convention through the tumultuous presidential campaign itself (Volume II), until President Barack Obama's Inauguration as the 44th President of the United States in January of 2009 (covered in Volume II). Writing as a member of the Yahoo Content Contributors' Network, retired sixty-something schoolteacher Wilson set off on an adventurous odyssey of her own that earned her the title 2008 Content Producer of the Year for Politics with 1,000 articles that garnered over three million hits. Filing three articles daily from the field, her adventures inside the Democratic National Convention in Denver, the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, the Ron Paul Rally for the Republic in Minneapolis, the Belmont Town Hall Meeting in Nashville or elsewhere (Florida, Nevada, etc.) are detailed, insightful and, at times, humorous. The parallels and insights gleaned from following the presidential campaign in 2008 provide useful background material for the presidential race of 2016 now underway--with some of the same candidates that ran 8 years ago in the field again today. Never one to ignore an amusing anecdote or photo, the quotes, facts and polling data are only one small component of an engrossing read with multiple pictures that sum up the end of an era in presidential campaigns as the use of the Internet and the increasing importance of money in campaigning are clearly cataloged. An entertaining, informative and relevant slice of recent history.


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Obama's Odyssey: The 2008 Race for the White House is a reporter's-eye view of events unfolding in 2007 and 2008 as Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Joe Biden, Christopher Dodd, Bill Richardson (et al.) jockeyed for position for the Democratic nomination for president, while John McCain, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney and others attempted to wrest co Obama's Odyssey: The 2008 Race for the White House is a reporter's-eye view of events unfolding in 2007 and 2008 as Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Joe Biden, Christopher Dodd, Bill Richardson (et al.) jockeyed for position for the Democratic nomination for president, while John McCain, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney and others attempted to wrest control of the Republican nomination for their party. All ran for President in a wide-open free-for-all following the end of George W. Bush's 8 years in office. Author Connie (Corcoran) Wilson, a veteran reporter for five newspapers and numerous blogs, followed the candidates from the Iowa caucuses all the way through to the convention (Volume I) and, after that, from the convention through the tumultuous presidential campaign itself (Volume II), until President Barack Obama's Inauguration as the 44th President of the United States in January of 2009 (covered in Volume II). Writing as a member of the Yahoo Content Contributors' Network, retired sixty-something schoolteacher Wilson set off on an adventurous odyssey of her own that earned her the title 2008 Content Producer of the Year for Politics with 1,000 articles that garnered over three million hits. Filing three articles daily from the field, her adventures inside the Democratic National Convention in Denver, the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, the Ron Paul Rally for the Republic in Minneapolis, the Belmont Town Hall Meeting in Nashville or elsewhere (Florida, Nevada, etc.) are detailed, insightful and, at times, humorous. The parallels and insights gleaned from following the presidential campaign in 2008 provide useful background material for the presidential race of 2016 now underway--with some of the same candidates that ran 8 years ago in the field again today. Never one to ignore an amusing anecdote or photo, the quotes, facts and polling data are only one small component of an engrossing read with multiple pictures that sum up the end of an era in presidential campaigns as the use of the Internet and the increasing importance of money in campaigning are clearly cataloged. An entertaining, informative and relevant slice of recent history.

38 review for Obama's Odyssey: The 2008 Race for the White House

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jacques Coulardeau

    Jacques Coulardeau at Academia.edu (53) Dr Jacques COULARDEAU OBAMA AT HEART FROM EVEN BEFORE 2008 CONNIE CORCORAN WILSON OBAMA’S ODYSSEY: The 2008 Race for the White House 2015 https://www.academia.edu/23382206/OBA... Discussion https://www.academia.edu/s/fcc538529b I was asked to review Connie Corcoran Wilson’s first volume of her OBAMA’S ODYSSEY. I accepted because it was vastly entering my field of competence and my practice as a university professor teaching US politics, culture and history along w Jacques Coulardeau at Academia.edu (53) Dr Jacques COULARDEAU OBAMA AT HEART FROM EVEN BEFORE 2008 CONNIE CORCORAN WILSON OBAMA’S ODYSSEY: The 2008 Race for the White House 2015 https://www.academia.edu/23382206/OBA... Discussion https://www.academia.edu/s/fcc538529b I was asked to review Connie Corcoran Wilson’s first volume of her OBAMA’S ODYSSEY. I accepted because it was vastly entering my field of competence and my practice as a university professor teaching US politics, culture and history along with the English language. This essay will provide the readers with three reviews of books first. 1- Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, by Barack Hussein Obama; 2- Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters, by Barack Hussein Obama 3- Nairobi To Shenzhen: A Novel of Love in the East, byMark Okoth Obama Ndesandjo Then I included my presentation of November 2009 in Brest, France, later published in Paris: BARACK OBAMA’S VIRTUAL STYLE IN HIS INTERNET MESSAGES TO HIS SUPPORTERS (11/05 – 02/02) by Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne. You will then finally find my review of Connie Corcoran Wilson’s book: OBAMA’S ODYSSEY: The 2008 Race for the White House, 2015. You can of jump to it directly, page 27. The whole collection of articles, presentation and reviews is built along a discourse on history and what a historian can say about a present situation he or she is involved in. I also assess the campaign of Donald Trump so far by the date of March 16, 2016. That sets Connie Corcoran Wilson’s book in perspective: it is a blog written and published on Yahoo in 2008 but republished in 2016 in a situation where Hillary Clinton severely rejected in 2008 is now the front running candidate of the Democratic Party with the full support of President Barack Obama whose State Secretary she was from 2008 to 2012. This 2008 rejection is typical of a blog but the reuse of this blog 12 years later is hardly hiding an ideological stance against the establishment of the Democratic Party, no matter what it may stand for in 2016. It may also appear as support for the contending candidate against Hillary Clinton in the primaries, but it may also turn out to be objective support for the contending candidate of Hillary Clinton in the presidential election itself. Let’s say that the rather sectarian rejection of Clinton’s attitude at the time of the Lewinsky shady business because she did not asked for divorce is of the same level as the barking Clinton Donald Trump depicts in his March 16 hostile TV ad. Enjoy the debate and the confrontation of ideas, knowing that if there is no truth in history but only points of view, there is no truth in real life but ideological and political competition that may turn sour at times with the bigotry of some actors. Research Interests: Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Constitutional Theory, Barack Obama, Obama, Hillary Clinton, US constitution, Michelle Obama, U.S. presidential primaries and elections, President Bill Clinton, and Donald Trump DISCUSSION https://www.academia.edu/s/fcc538529b This research is based on a long experience of the USA, directly in many states and indirectly in my teaching. In 2008 onward the role of Barack Obama in the USA opened a lot of eyes in Europe on the constitutional reality of a country that has had only one constitution in spite of all events, dramas and traumas. The role of the Blacks, Afro-Americans if you prefer, was and has been essential in US history though over dramatic. I have spent a lot of research and teaching time on PTSS, Slavery or Slave, and on the way American Indians have managed to recuperate their own essence. I wrote and published a lot in the last few years on decolonialization in America, USA and Mexico, on post-colonial studies (recently James Baldwin and Marcus Garvey) and on theater (both Black and Indian, including Chicano/a). When Connie Corcoran Wilson asked me to review the first volume of her "Obama's Odissey" I accepted at once and found quite a lot of pleasure - and surprises - in doing so. This research needs a lot of discussing, debating and even maybe rebutting. All opinions are thus welcome. Please read the Abstract that is not included in the paper itself.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn

    It wasn't what I expected and after I started reading it, I had to revise my approach to the book. I had been expecting the author's journey, starting in Iowa and ending with the 2008 general election. Instead, it's a compilation of blog posts written by the author over that same time span. It covers the same time period and material ... but not as expected. Rather than a continuous, sequential narrative, the book comprises series of snapshots. Interviews and events with candidates, wannabes, pol It wasn't what I expected and after I started reading it, I had to revise my approach to the book. I had been expecting the author's journey, starting in Iowa and ending with the 2008 general election. Instead, it's a compilation of blog posts written by the author over that same time span. It covers the same time period and material ... but not as expected. Rather than a continuous, sequential narrative, the book comprises series of snapshots. Interviews and events with candidates, wannabes, politicians, volunteers, voters, support staff, and political operatives. Connie Corcoran Wilson's posts are witty, amusing, perceptive, and enlightening, especially when she focuses on the realities of life as a working journalist covering a presidential campaign. I could very easily relate the long hours, the short sleep, the rapid changes of venue. The mental agility required to keep up that grueling pace for all those months. Rumors to the contrary notwithstanding, being a working reporter is far from glamorous. Ms. Wilson captures the character of the people with whom she interacts with charm, humor, and grace. But there is, nonetheless, a choppy quality that is the inevitable result of a compilation of posts rather than a story. There is also a bit more repetition of subjects that is, again, the inevitable result of compiling blog entries rather than writing the story as a story with a beginning, middle, and end. Connie Wilson is a fine writer and she excels at her medium ... blogging. I'm a blogger too. I "get" it. But blogging is not authoring. It's the same church, but a different pew. Blog posts are free-standing, short subjects. You can collect them and put them in a binding to form a book-length volume of material, but it will still lack a continuous story. This lack becomes more increasingly problematic as the book progresses. The jumps between posts are sometimes a bit jarring. The result? Despite excellent writing, the book doesn't feel like a book. It feels like what it is: a huge collection of political blog posts. The posts are good, many excellent. A lot of perceptivity and sensitivity raises her writing well above the so-called news writing you find on the Internet ... or for that matter, in much of what you'll find in print or on television. I would have appreciated more "connective tissue" to give the book an easier-to-follow timeline and structure. The good news? The insider views of the campaign are priceless. The people. The voters. The volunteers. The politicians and their operatives. The process itself with all its quirks. The information is timely and might help you put the current political frenzy in context. The material and author's insights make Obama's Odyssey a worthwhile investment of time. It's a good, albeit flawed, book that covers the extraordinary 2008 campaign with a rare intimacy.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Teddy

    Connie Corcoran Wilson was a journalist with Yahoo back when they had independent journalists. She was sent to cover the 2008 presidential race and she covered it from all angles. All of her articles were posted on Yahoo and she even won Yahoo’s Content Producer of the Year for Politics for 2008 with over 3 million hits, for all of her excellent coverage. Then, with very little warning, Yahoo sent an email to all content producers telling them that their services were no longer need and that all Connie Corcoran Wilson was a journalist with Yahoo back when they had independent journalists. She was sent to cover the 2008 presidential race and she covered it from all angles. All of her articles were posted on Yahoo and she even won Yahoo’s Content Producer of the Year for Politics for 2008 with over 3 million hits, for all of her excellent coverage. Then, with very little warning, Yahoo sent an email to all content producers telling them that their services were no longer need and that all of their hard work was going to be removed. Connie didn’t want to lose all of the articles she had written so she actually hired people to help her download all of her 2008 presidential election coverage. The result of this work is ‘Obama’s Odyssey’ volumes I and II. Volume I covers the primaries and caucuses, etc. Ms. Wilson is a professed Democrat/ Independent so I have to say how much I admire her for covering both sides of the fence with such style and grace. Her writing is fresh with a biting sense of humor. As a retired teacher and grandmother, I have to wonder where she got all her energy from. She criss-crossed the U.S. for days on end. How did she keep up? Some may complain that ‘Obama’s Odyssey’ seems a bit choppy because it is a Obama's Odyssey by Connie Corcoran Wilson Connie C. Wilson With Joe Biden, 2008 compilation of her articles from her coverage of the 2008 race however, I don’t see it that way. There are many books like this that are compilations of an authors previous articles and/or essays. Malcolm Gladwell is just one example of that. Ms. Wilson also included a somewhat lengthy introduction explaining why she wrote the books. I often find introductions of non-fiction books to be on the dry side but her introduction was not that at all. It was one of the most entertaining introductions I have read in a long time. So, don’t skip it! I really enjoyed Volume I and look forward to reading Volume II. It is the perfect series to be reading during the present day race for the White House. It really is a must read, especially for political junkies such as myself but for anyone who is interested in the U.S. democratic process. I know I am a bit early in saying this but get out and vote in November. You have no right to complain, if you don’t do so! But Teddy, you live in Canada. Yes, I do but I am also a U.S. citizen. I have dual citizenship. I was born and raised in the U.S., St. Paul, Minnesota to be exact. I have a civic duty to both countries. I received the ebook version for my honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    *** "Obama's Odyssey: The 2008 Race for the White House (Caucus to Convention: Vol I)" by Connie Corcoran Wilson With humor, a writing background and knowledge of the political process, the author struck out on her own to cover the Democratic candidates beginning with the Iowa Caucus and up to the Democratic Convention. I was provided a copy of this book for a fair and honest review, which is below. While she provided a lot of information and stories throughout the book, and did so in a unique wa *** "Obama's Odyssey: The 2008 Race for the White House (Caucus to Convention: Vol I)" by Connie Corcoran Wilson With humor, a writing background and knowledge of the political process, the author struck out on her own to cover the Democratic candidates beginning with the Iowa Caucus and up to the Democratic Convention. I was provided a copy of this book for a fair and honest review, which is below. While she provided a lot of information and stories throughout the book, and did so in a unique way, I found it hard to truly pull out the actual important pieces and pivotal periods to have a documentary, of sorts, that truly followed the candidates. Instead, there was a lot of extra wording, thoughts and incidents that the author included that really were meaningless to what she was covering. While I did gain insight into the journey she took and wrote about, it was difficult reading it in a blog format with extra pieces added in between each posting. I believe the author has something unique in this book and has great insight to many events, I just found the manner in which she put this book together to be distracting from her message and insight. Thus, making it hard for the reader to gain that insight without pulling apart each blog post and written sections to take out al the "extra" and non-important information. For anyone who is interested in history or the political process, this style may interest them both for the insight and information the author provides but also due to her unique manner of providing it. But for those who want or were thinking this was more of a historical or documentary type read, it isn't.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    Better known for her Ghostly Tales book, author Wilson gathered together articles and blogs she wrote covering the 2008 presidential race up through the national Democratic caucus. Arranged chronological, her personal interpretation of political events is based on the usual access a supporter has to a high profile candidate, rallies, debate, political ads, and broadcast interviews. In the author’s defense, that there are no claims of being a political expert, academic researcher, or insider. As Better known for her Ghostly Tales book, author Wilson gathered together articles and blogs she wrote covering the 2008 presidential race up through the national Democratic caucus. Arranged chronological, her personal interpretation of political events is based on the usual access a supporter has to a high profile candidate, rallies, debate, political ads, and broadcast interviews. In the author’s defense, that there are no claims of being a political expert, academic researcher, or insider. As such, it will be fun for some readers to compare their memories to the author’s works.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. I found it to a well written book. The writing style was easy to understand and it kept my interest. A good read on a fascinating person

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