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An inspiring story of a modern American icon, here is 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.

©2015 Peter Slevin (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Inspiring life story

Having not known much about Michelle Obama, I never expected to be so inspired about her life story. I think Barack Obama is one lucky man! I think she should run for president in the future.

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Disappointingly written but she's still an impressive woman

I was excited to listen to a biography ofone of my heroes. Michelle Obama is an impressive person who coped well with some incredible pressures as First Lady. Disappointingly, I found this book to be, often, a stringing- together of info and quotes rather than a coherent story. The narration was a little melodramatic and there were errors in pronunciation that should have been picked up.

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Great book ... a must to hear or read.

Love it ...... didn't want to stop the story. Have to hear it all..great get job

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  • CaRita
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  • 12-31-16

Amazing!

It does not matter what people believe about the first lady, SHE IS AMAZING. She is what a woman should stand for. She has goals, expectations and works her plan. What insight on the first lady.

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interesting - nice tribute

This is an interesting take on MO and a nice tribute to the many who helped shape her. a little too much on her husband late in the book.

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LOVED THIS BOOK!

I have always been a fan of the First Lady. I have always been impressed with how she can be so down to earth in the fishbowl she lives in. Now I know she was raised to be a strong proud black women and the that she wants that for every child regardless of race or economic background.

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Great insight to an inspiring woman

Really enjoyed discovering the strength of this great yet humane woman. Inspiring and thought provoking.

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Appreciative

I have appreciated First Lady Obama for as lonf as I have know of her. It was predominantly an emotional connection until now. Being only one year my junior, our stories are as much alike as they are different. While many may selfishly disregard the challenges of her place in leadership, I am full of gratitude. Thank you for telling the story from this perspective because every perspective has validity ti those who value them.

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Inspirational! Outstanding Leadership! Provacative

This was an awesome and very inspirational book. Many times it's the woman behind the man the exemplifies strength and support. Mrs. O is a force to be reckoned with in her own right. In this writing you will here about her accomplishments and challenges to get to where she is in life and the constant nagging question in her heart, "Am I doing enough? Is there more than I can do? How can make this an opportunity to continue the legacy of servitude for myself and others?" Unprecedented leadership. This book is profound and puts a call to action in every fiber of my being. A must read.

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 08-31-15

Detailed and absorbing

This book is part of my First Ladies reading project. I chose this book by Peter Slevin as it appeared to be a more true biography than some of the books about Michele Obama I looked at.

The first part of the book covers Michelle Obama’s early life including her family roots in slavery and segregation. Slevin cover the problems of growing up black in Chicago’s south side. The book goes into the working class upbringing and how each generation has brought the family another step up from poverty.

Slevin reveals details about Michele’s family upbringing and how her mother Mrs. Robinson created a warm and stable home environment for her high-achieving children.
Slevin goes into her time at Princeton and Harvard Law School and the underling racial tensions. Slevin went into depth about her Thesis from Princeton reciting portions of it. The author discusses her problem of not being accepted by the blacks as she is too educated and not accepted by the white’s because she is black. Slevin also covers her work history and her time at Chicago law firm Sidney Austin, the Chicago Mayor’s office, a not for profit agency and the University of Chicago and the University’s hospital. The remainder of the book covers the campaign and some as First Lady. Apparently Mrs. Obama said she is going to write her own memoirs as First Lady.

Slevin is a former Washington Post correspondent and now teaches journalism at Northwestern University. The book is well researched with complete access to the family. Slevin also interviewed family friends, colleagues and former classmates. The book is easy to read and provides a lot of information. Robin Miles narrated the book.

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  • Kirstine
  • 12-14-17

An inspiring story of a amazing woman

I admired Michelle Obama for her grace and abilities before listening to this book: admiration enhanced by learning of her humble origins, tenacity in getting a first-rate education and, then using her success to help those less fortunate.

One has to give credit to her parents, who, far from wealthy in monetary terms instilled in their two children a desire for education and a social conscience. Both Michelle and her brother went to top universities and achieved success in their chosen careers. Sadly, Michelle’s father died young, but her mother lived to have the extraordinary experience of living in the White House: a staggering contrast to her early life. A lovely thought!

This is not just a book about Michelle, but also charts Barack’s rise to power. I was surprised to learn that in their early years together Michelle had the more successful career. However, latterly his career took off in no small measure aided by Michelle’s invaluable help on the campaign trail.

The book gives an insight into the rigours of running for political office and how circumscribed the life of a prominent politician has to be. Never being able to go anywhere without secret service agents, even for their children going to school. Forever the fear of assassination, sadly, even more of a threat for a black president. I was disgusted by the venom posted on social media against the family.

The book also reminds one of how recently the Southern States of the USA exercised discrimination little different from apartheid in South Africa and the Klu Klux Klan literally got away with murder. So although things are not perfect it’s a an amazing change that an African American was elected president and his wife generally be so admired. It’s a pity that Michelle isn’t interested in a political career as I think she would be an inspirational president.

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  • MaMaMason
  • 11-26-17

Could not carry on listening - very dull

This book is not so much about Michelle Obama, more about people on the periphery of her life. I've found it so tedious, I've given up just as she leaves college. It might be more interesting as she takes up residence in the White House, but I haven't got the will to listen to any more. So many other books to listen to!

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  • GHills
  • 03-23-18

Interesting life BAD narrator

i found it really interesting to learn about MO's life but I thought the narrator was terrible. Almost like Stephen Hawkin's voice machine!

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  • Val L.
  • 05-10-18

Compelling

I always looked forward to the times I could catch up with the story. I enjoyed the style of performance which was professional and yet calming and informative. I loved the fact that adversity was overcome and that intellect and intelligence could be used to inspire.

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  • CG
  • 05-06-18

Insightful, interesting and inspiring

Loved listening to the story and progress of the Obama family! The initial chapters of Family heritage were quite confusing, I felt like I needed a family tree to use as a reference. Once past this I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about their fantastic journey to the White House and beyond. Such an inspirational woman! A force to be reckoned with - any Flotus to follow would have big shoes to fill! A hard act to follow! ... here’s hoping she’ll run for president!

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  • cg
  • 09-15-17

good book

interesting and we'll written. .would like more on current phase of life in white house etc but overall good book

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  • Jacqui Hastings
  • 07-11-16

An absolutely wonderful book

An absolutely wonderful insight into the life of this modern icon of a woman. I can not wait to listen to her next book after her time in the White house.

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  • Sally
  • 01-18-17

A memorable 'must read'

Most enjoyable - fascinating insights into an amazing life. Beautifully written and well narrated. Left me wanting more - please bring on the next edition!