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Rising Star Audiobook

Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama

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Publisher's Summary

Barack Obama's keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention instantly catapulted the little-known state senator from Illinois into the national spotlight. Three months later Obama would win election to the US Senate; four years later he would make history as America's first black president. Now, at the end of his second presidential term, David J. Garrow delivers the most compelling and comprehensive biography ever written of Obama in the years preceding his presidency.

Moving around the globe, from Hawaii to Indonesia to the American Northeast and Midwest, Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama meticulously unpacks Obama's life, from his tumultuous upbringing in Honolulu and Jakarta to his formative time as a community organizer on Chicago's South Side, working in some of the roughest neighborhoods, to Cambridge, where he excelled at Harvard Law School, and finally back to Chicago, where he pursued his political destiny. In voluminous detail, drawn from more than 1,000 interviews and encyclopedic documentary research, Garrow reveals as never before the ambition, the dreams, and the all-too-human struggles of an iconic president in a sure to be news-making biography that will stand as the most authoritative account of Obama's pre-presidential life for decades to come.

©2017 David J. Garrow (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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    I'll update this review, but this is way too long. I was so interested in finally seeing a well-written biography on Obama. I'm 45 min in and still lost on some opener about steel mills in Chicago....no interesting story on Obama. This 56 hour book needs an editor.

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    "Antidote to the Trump Presidency."
    If you could sum up Rising Star in three words, what would they be?

    Heart Warming, Bright.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rising Star?

    The writer is able make Harvard's Contract Law classes lively.


    What does Charles Constant bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent Reader. I wouldn't be able tackle this massive book on my own.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    So far... The Obamas' first date.


    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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