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Renegade: The Making of a President | [Richard Wolffe]

Renegade: The Making of a President

This book is the previously untold and epic story of how a political newcomer with no money and an alien name grew into the world's most powerful leader. But it is also a uniquely intimate portrait of the person behind the iconic posters and the Secret Service code name Renegade. Drawing on a dozen unplugged interviews, as well as 21 months covering his campaign as it traveled from coast to coast, Richard Wolffe answers the simple yet enduring question about Barack Obama: Who is he?
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Publisher's Summary

Before the White House and Air Force One, before the TV ads and the enormous rallies, there was the real Barack Obama: a man wrestling with the momentous decision to run for the presidency, feeling torn about leaving behind a young family, and figuring out how to win the biggest prize in politics.

This book is the previously untold and epic story of how a political newcomer with no money and an alien name grew into the world's most powerful leader. But it is also a uniquely intimate portrait of the person behind the iconic posters and the Secret Service code name Renegade.

Drawing on a dozen unplugged interviews with the candidate and president, as well as 21 months covering his campaign as it traveled from coast to coast, Richard Wolffe answers the simple yet enduring question about Barack Obama: Who is he?

Based on Wolffe's unprecedented access to Obama, Renegade reveals the making of a president, both on the campaign trail and before he ran for high office. It explains how the politician who emerged in an extraordinary election learned the personal and political skills to succeed during his youth and early career. With cool self-discipline, calculated risk taking, and simple storytelling, Obama developed the strategies he would need to survive the onslaught of the Clintons and John McCain, and build a multimillion-dollar machine to win a historic contest.Renegade is an essential guide to understanding President Barack Obama and his trusted inner circle of aides and friends. It is also a riveting and enlightening first draft of history and political psychology.

©2009 Richard Wolffe; (P)2009 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"The first of the President Obama books - and a good one - insightful, thorough, and straight." (Ben Bradlee, Washington Post)
"A superb achievement....Richard Wolffe's Renegade tells the hidden, dramatic story of the 2008 campaign and also reveals much we did not know about the 44th president's life before politics." (Michael Beschloss)
"I learned something new on practically every page." (Gwen Ifill)

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    Carl Long Beach, CA, USA 06-21-09
    Carl Long Beach, CA, USA 06-21-09 Member Since 2007

    Love to listen to the books, I never read.

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    "Insights into the greatest Presidential Campaign"

    Having followed the 2008 Presidential Campaign live, I found Renegade riveting from the first word to the last. The book provided depth, insight and perspective to the events of the prolonged 2008 campaign that I had superficially followed in the news and internet and TV. It brought back the excitement and competitiveness of the democratic nomination and the presidential campaign. The audio reader captivated my attention in revisiting the characters and plot for the run up to the presidency; Obama, Biden, Clinton, McCain, Palin and others. This audiobook Renegade has earned a favorite place on my iPod.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Vienna, VA, United States 05-15-10
    Mike Vienna, VA, United States 05-15-10 Member Since 2009

    Mike is a national communications professional whose firm, Mike Collins Public Relations, has offices in Tampa and Washington, DC

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    "I Enjoyed Richard Wolffe's "Renegade""

    Richard Wolffe's access to the Obama inner circle from the earliest days of the Iowa campaign combines with his great talent as a journalist and storyteller to make for a great read. His research and writing contributes to our knowledge of the new President in a very entertaining way. The narration was excellent as well. Good book, good production!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Allan Morristown, NJ, United States 11-26-09
    Allan Morristown, NJ, United States 11-26-09
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    "Get It!!"

    Full disclosure: I am a Progressive and I supported Obama in the presidential campaign and I continue to support him. That being said, this book was wonderful to listen to, a fantastic book that was written very well and read like a good novel! It held my interest right through from beginning to end, and I am well-informed to begin with. The narratation was outstanding. Overall, I had a very positive experience with it!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Carroll Saratoga Springs, NY, United States 10-23-09
    Carroll Saratoga Springs, NY, United States 10-23-09
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    "Renegade is Excellent"

    I don't always know what to expect with these types of books, but "Renegade" is first rate.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    John Sunrise, FL, United States 07-21-09
    John Sunrise, FL, United States 07-21-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Inside story of an historic election"

    Wolfe does an excellent job capturing the mood of the campaign, from unrestrained optimism to crushing doubt. This election will become transformitive in American history once we have time to gain a better perspective. The only critism of this excellent book is that it jumps back and forth to Iowa. It seemed like every time a turning point is reached, somehow we're back in Iowa. Overall, a tremendous book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bessel Boston, MA, USA 07-08-09
    Bessel Boston, MA, USA 07-08-09
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    "sadly superficial and illed with cliches"

    This long anticipated book sadly fails to capture the complexity of this fatherless hawaiian boy (I knew his father who was nothing like he is described by Neil abercrombie, Hawaii's Congressman).

    Wolfe in no way captures barac's exceptional intellect and his capacity to grasp deep psychological truths about the people he deals with and the conditions he encounters.

    Nothing in ths account explains how he assembled this amazingly competent team and seamlesslessly mouled them into an amazing fighting machine, and his power to inspire submission and loyalty among this team of towering egos
    Nothing here has not been peviously published in the national media.
    The story remains to be told

    3 of 11 people found this review helpful
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