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For decades Americans have turned to LIFE to see, understand, and remember the most important events and people of our time. Just as LIFE once opened up the glittering Kennedy White House, LIFE now focuses its lens on Barack Obama. The American Journey of Barack Obama covers the candidate from his childhood and adolescence to his time as editor of The Harvard Law Review and his Chicago activist years, culminating with the excitement and fervor of the historic 2008 Democratic National Convention. The unfolding drama of Obama's life and political career is cinematic in scope, and never has it been presented so compellingly. In addition to a powerful array of photographs that were taken by many of the country's greatest photographers (and some that were snapped, in the quiet moments, by Obama family members themselves), this book also includes a Foreword by Senator Edward M. Kennedy, an incisive narrative biography and original essays by some of our finest writers, including Gay Talese, Charles Johnson, Melissa Fay Greene, Andrei Codrescu, Fay Weldon, Richard Norton Smith, Bob Greene and several others. Many readers will find a new understanding of Obama. All readers will feel that they are bearing witness to a singular, undeniably American story.

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The editors of LIFE Books have produced the definitive photography books commemorating crucial events in American history from the attack on Pearl Harbor to Kennedy's Camelot to 9/11. Now they have collected a richly illustrated biography of presidential candidate Barack Obama. This is a major American story: the son of a biracial couple inspires a nation and rises to compete for the Presidency. The American Journey of Barack Obama includes intimate pictures from Obama's childhood and adolescence and his time as editor of Harvard's Law Review. You'll see his Chicago activist years and the excitement and fervor of the 2008 campaign, culminating with the historic Democratic National Convention. As with the bestselling LIFE book One Nation, the thorough and thoughtful (Wall Street Journal) account of September 11, several of America's most insightful and eloquent commentators weigh in on what Obama's moment means-as pertains to yesterday, today and tomorrow-in exclusive essays.

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The editors of LIFE Books have collected a richly illustrated biography of presidential candidate Barack Obama. This work includes intimate pictures from Obama's childhood and his time as editor of Harvard's Law Review, and culminates with the historic Democratic National Convention.

Synopsis:

The editors of LIFE Books have created definitive photography books on crucial events in American history. Now they commemorate the achievements of presidential candidate Barack Obama with a richly illustrated biography. This book features intimate photos from his childhood through his run for the White House coupled with exclusive essays from some of America's most insightful and eloquent commentators. Contributors include Richard Norton Smith, Gay Talese, Bob Greene, Andrei Codrescu, Melissa Fay Greene, Charles Johnson, Nancy Gibbs, David M. Shribman, Daniel Okrent, Regina Barecca, and Ted Kennedy.

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LIFE has long been one of the country's pre-eminent publishers of periodicals and books, and is renowned for its presentation of photography. The editors who bring you THE AMERICAN JOURNEY OF BARACK OBAMA are the same who created One Nation: America Remembers September 11, 2001, also published by Little, Brown, which reached No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list and was hailed by The Wall Street Journal as "a thorough and thoughtful telling."

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Book Dads, November 12, 2009 (view all comments by Book Dads)
The early parts of American Journey provide a sweeping and at times overly dramatic biography of Barack Obama that begins with his roots and ends with his victory at the Democratic National Convention. Yet the most interesting part of the book is the penultimate section, Aspects of Obama. In this section, twelve writers offer their comments about Obama from a range of perspectives, from Regina Barreca’s “A Clintonista Comes Over”, to Andrei Codrescu’s “Immigrant Song”, to Fay Weldon’s “The View From London”. Each piece in this collection is brief and well-written, and they provide refreshingly honest and plain-spoken opinions of Obama from a diversity of viewpoints.

But of course the star of any LIFE book is the photography, and this one certainly doesn’t disappoint. The photographs in this book tell as much of the story as the text, a fact which of course in some ways speaks to our modern age. Indeed, many of the pieces in the Aspects section are in some way about the experience of seeing Obama, whether in a newspaper photo, on television, or in person. And when looking through the book readers will be surely be struck by the many images of fatherhood. These include not only several pictures of Obama with his father and his grandfather, but many more of him with his two daughters. In these days of PR and “spin”, and after years of an administration that staged a number of deliberately deceptive photo-ops, it’s hard not to feel cynical about the authenticity of such photos. Yet in the pages of American Journey, Barack Obama genuinely looks like any other father about the daily business of fatherhood, with its challenges both great and small. That’s a fine quality in a President-elect, and one which bodes well for the coming administration.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316045605
Author:
Life Magazine
Publisher:
Little Brown and Company
Foreword by:
Kennedy, Edward M.
Foreword:
Kennedy, Edward M.
Author:
The, Editors Of Life Magazine
Author:
Life Books
Author:
The Editors of Life Magazine
Subject:
Political
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Legislators
Subject:
Presidential candidates
Subject:
Obama, Barack
Subject:
Legislators -- United States.
Subject:
Biography-Political
Subject:
Legislators; Presidential elections; Politicians; Lawyers; African Americans; African American men; American history; Black history
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20081031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
11.12x9.40x.63 in. 2.17 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The editors of LIFE Books have produced the definitive photography books commemorating crucial events in American history from the attack on Pearl Harbor to Kennedy's Camelot to 9/11. Now they have collected a richly illustrated biography of presidential candidate Barack Obama. This is a major American story: the son of a biracial couple inspires a nation and rises to compete for the Presidency. The American Journey of Barack Obama includes intimate pictures from Obama's childhood and adolescence and his time as editor of Harvard's Law Review. You'll see his Chicago activist years and the excitement and fervor of the 2008 campaign, culminating with the historic Democratic National Convention. As with the bestselling LIFE book One Nation, the thorough and thoughtful (Wall Street Journal) account of September 11, several of America's most insightful and eloquent commentators weigh in on what Obama's moment means-as pertains to yesterday, today and tomorrow-in exclusive essays.
"Synopsis" by , The editors of LIFE Books have collected a richly illustrated biography of presidential candidate Barack Obama. This work includes intimate pictures from Obama's childhood and his time as editor of Harvard's Law Review, and culminates with the historic Democratic National Convention.
"Synopsis" by , The editors of LIFE Books have created definitive photography books on crucial events in American history. Now they commemorate the achievements of presidential candidate Barack Obama with a richly illustrated biography. This book features intimate photos from his childhood through his run for the White House coupled with exclusive essays from some of America's most insightful and eloquent commentators. Contributors include Richard Norton Smith, Gay Talese, Bob Greene, Andrei Codrescu, Melissa Fay Greene, Charles Johnson, Nancy Gibbs, David M. Shribman, Daniel Okrent, Regina Barecca, and Ted Kennedy.
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