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Affordable, readable, and indispensable, this pocket biography of Barack Obama allows you to put the story of our 44th President right in your back pocket. Written in a clear and concise style, this biography is accessible for anyone interested in a brief yet thorough introduction to Barack Obama. Steven J. Niven of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University chro Affordable, readable, and indispensable, this pocket biography of Barack Obama allows you to put the story of our 44th President right in your back pocket. Written in a clear and concise style, this biography is accessible for anyone interested in a brief yet thorough introduction to Barack Obama. Steven J. Niven of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University chronicles President Obamas personal biography and his political rise, as well as examining his relationship with race and his role in history. The book also includes an introduction by the world-renowned scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. and a bibliography for further reading to help readers know where to go for more information. In addition, the book includes a transcript of Obamas famous "A More Perfect Union" speech on race in America. This book is the perfect, quick introduction to Barack Obama, Americas 44th President.


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Affordable, readable, and indispensable, this pocket biography of Barack Obama allows you to put the story of our 44th President right in your back pocket. Written in a clear and concise style, this biography is accessible for anyone interested in a brief yet thorough introduction to Barack Obama. Steven J. Niven of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University chro Affordable, readable, and indispensable, this pocket biography of Barack Obama allows you to put the story of our 44th President right in your back pocket. Written in a clear and concise style, this biography is accessible for anyone interested in a brief yet thorough introduction to Barack Obama. Steven J. Niven of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University chronicles President Obamas personal biography and his political rise, as well as examining his relationship with race and his role in history. The book also includes an introduction by the world-renowned scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. and a bibliography for further reading to help readers know where to go for more information. In addition, the book includes a transcript of Obamas famous "A More Perfect Union" speech on race in America. This book is the perfect, quick introduction to Barack Obama, Americas 44th President.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Heather Shaw

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research opens this short biography with an introduction. Written the day after Barak Obama’s election as the 44th President of the United States, he talks about the “few magical transformative moments in African American history”: The first time was New Year’s Day in 1863, when tens of thousands of black people huddled together al Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research opens this short biography with an introduction. Written the day after Barak Obama’s election as the 44th President of the United States, he talks about the “few magical transformative moments in African American history”: The first time was New Year’s Day in 1863, when tens of thousands of black people huddled together all over the North waiting to see if Abraham Lincoln would sign the Emancipation Proclamation. The second was the night of 22 June 1938, the storied rematch between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling, when black families and friends crowded around radios to listen and cheer as the Brown Bomber knocked out Schmeling in the first round. The third, of course, was 28 August 1963, when the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. proclaimed to the world that he had a dream, in the shadow of a brooding Lincoln, peering down on the assembled throng, while those of us who couldn’t be with him in Washington sat around our black-and- white television sets, bound together by King’s melodious voice through our tears and with quickened flesh. For Gates, and on this Inauguration Day, clearly thousands and thousands of others, Obama’s election constitutes, as Gates also writes, a “symbolic culmination of the black freedom struggle, the grand achievement of a great, collective dream.” Steven J. Niven works with Gates on the ongoing African American National Biography (Oxford), where he has authored 125 biographies, and is also part of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute. In 41 action-packed pages, he takes the reader from Obama’s birth in Honolulu on 4 August, 1961, to Jakarta, Los Angeles, and New York. A new chapter opens when a disillusioned Obama accepts a $12,000 job organizing steel workers facing factory closures, and moves to Chicago. That was 1985, in 1996, he was on his way to the Illinois Senate, and eight years later, in 2004, he gave his Democratic National Convention speech, which launched the possibility and then the reality of his 2007 announcement of candidacy for President of the United States. The biography concludes with a bibliogrpahy and transcript of “A More Perfect Union,” the March 2008 speech delivered in Philadelphia where Obama addressed his relationship with Reverend Wright and the anger of the black community. With is snappy content, small size, and affordable price, this is a great book for corporate gifting. Don’t you wish you had it on your phone right now?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brandi

    A nice, concise, factual account of Obama's life and rise to the presidency. I look forward to reading his memoir next week as a means to fill in the blanks. A nice, concise, factual account of Obama's life and rise to the presidency. I look forward to reading his memoir next week as a means to fill in the blanks.

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