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David Garrow, Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama 1st ed., Signed

The Definitive Account of
Barack Obama’s Formative Years 


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Garrow’s Rising Star is the definitive account of Barack Obama’s formative years, the years that made him the man who became the forty-fourth president of the United States—from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Bearing the Cross.

Barack Obama’s speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention instantly catapulted him into the national spotlight and led to his election four years later as America’s first African-American president. In this penetrating biography, David J. Garrow delivers an epic work about the life of Barack Obama, creating a rich tapestry of his early, life little understood until now.

Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama captivatingly describes Barack Obama’s upbringing as a young black man attending an almost-all-white, elite private school in Honolulu while being raised almost exclusively by his white grandparents. After recounting Obama’s college years in California and New York, Garrow charts Obama’s time as a Chicago community organizer, working in some of the city’s roughest neighborhoods; his years at the top of his Harvard Law School class; and his return to Chicago, where Obama honed his skills as a hard-knuckled politician, first in the state legislature and then as a candidate for the United States Senate.

Detailing a scintillating, behind-the-scenes account of Obama’s 2004 speech, a moment that labeled him the Democratic Party’s “rising star,” Garrow also chronicles Obama’s four years in the Senate, weighing his stands on various issues against positions he had taken years earlier, and recounts his thrilling run for the White House in 2008.

In Rising Star, David J. Garrow has created a vivid portrait that reveals not only the people and forces that shaped the future president but also the ways in which he used those influences to serve his larger aspirations. This is a compendium from over a thousand interviews, about a young man born into uncommon family circumstances, whose faith in his own talents came face-to-face with fantastic ambitions and a desire to do good in the world. Most important, Rising Star is a fascinating work—tremendous in its research with an analysis of the all-too-human struggles of one of the most fascinating politicians of our time. (This is a large book, we have added a small surcharge to the book price).

Garrow, David J. RISING STAR: THE MAKING OF BARACK OBAMA. New York: 2017. 1st ed., 1460p., map, notes, biblio., index. Signed, dj.

David joined us on A House Divided; watch the program below:

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