Rising star : the making of Barack Obama

by Garrow, David J., 1953-

Format: Print Book 2017
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New York Times Bestseller

Rising Star is the definitive account of Barack Obama's formative 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 a life little understood, until now.

Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama captivatingly describes Barack Obama's tumultuous 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 gripping read 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 an extraordinary work of biography--tremendous in its research and storytelling, and brilliant in its analysis of the all-too-human struggles of one of the most fascinating politicians of our time.

The end of the world as they knew it: Chicago's far South Side, March 1980 - July 1985
A place in the world: Honolulu, Seattle, Honolulu, Jakarta, and Honolulu, August 1961 - September 1979
Searching for home: Eagle Rock, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Hermitage, PA, September 1979 - July 1985
Transformation and identity: Roseland, Hyde Park, and Kenya: August 1985 - August 1988
Emergence and achievement: Harvard Law School, September 1988 - May 1991
Building a future: Chicago, June 1991 - August 1995
Into the Arena: Chicago and Springfield, September 1995 - September 1999
Failure and recovery: Chicago and Springfield, October 1999 - January 2003
Calculation, conincidence, coronation: Illinois and Boston, January 2003 - November 2004
Disappointment and destiny: the U.S. Senate, November 2004 - February 2007
Epilogue: The President did not attend, as he was golfing.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Garrow makes some unusual stylistic choices in this biography of the 44th president. He begins on Chicago's Far South Side and details the economic downturn that would eventually lead Obama to enter public service there as a community organizer. Though interesting history, it stops the narrative before it starts, at least for readers who came for Obama's story rather than those of displaced steel workers. Garrow ends the book with a choppy, rushed chapter that covers the years of the Obama presidency, snarkily and now, as it turns out, ironically titled, The President Did Not Attend, as He Was Golfing. Then there is the near-literal elephant in the room, the size of the book. Almost 1,500 pages, this is unwieldy, both to handle and to read in its obsessive and sometime repetitive detail yes, we know Obama has a great smile. Never has a book so desperately needed to meet an editor's pencil. There's no doubt, on the other hand, that through years of research and interviews with long-lost figures from Obama's past, Garrow offers a more complete portrait of the president's life before he was elected than that found in past biographies. Garrow's particular coup is getting on the record Sheila Jager, a woman whom Obama almost married; the text argues that Obama broke off this relationship because his political aspirations led him to conclude that having a wife who wasn't African American might be problem. Long after Jager's natural place in the narrative has passed, Garrow continues to present her opinions on Obama's life and choices. Throughout, there is a gotcha feel to the book, which often portrays Obama's actions as reflecting obfuscation rather than evolution. Pettiness, too, is a string in the narrative. Garrow mocks journalists for not interviewing, as he did, the few black students at Obama's Hawaii high school. In other places, he calls out fellow biographers, including David Maraniss, with bad reviews of their Obama books. In the end spoiler alert Garrow concludes that Barack Obama was hollow at the core. Biographers need not like their subjects, of course, but what Garrow's hefty tome mostly adds up to is a sour experience for readers and, apparently, for the writer.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this epic-length biography, Garrow (Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference) recounts Barack Obama's intensely political life story up to his 2008 election to the presidency, and does so without apparent political bias. Every fact, however small, is documented in the footnotes, which run to hundreds of pages. The result is a convincing and exceptionally detailed portrait of one man's self-invention. Garrow opens with a powerfully affecting episode: the March 1980 closure of a Wisconsin Steel plant on Chicago's South Side, where Obama later spent formative years as a community organizer. Going back to his story's beginnings, Garrow reports extensively about Obama's father, a Kenyan-born Harvard graduate student who's described as brilliant but also alcoholic and abusive toward women, and Obama's childhood in Hawaii and Indonesia. The book then explores Obama's early romantic attachments, marriage to Michelle Robinson, involvement in polarizing and personally relevant issues of race, and political career, from state senator in Illinois to U.S. senator in Washington, where he's immediately identified as a likely Presidential candidate. Garrow also takes care to clarify instances when Obama's personal recollections or published memoirs differed from historical records or his associates' memories. Casual readers may well find the level of detail here overpowering, but political history buffs will be fascinated. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Obama, Barack.
United States. -- Congress. -- Senate -- Biography.
Legislators -- United States -- Biography.
African American politicians -- Biography.
Presidents -- United States -- Biography.
United States -- Politics and government -- 2001-2009.
Publisher New York, NY :William Morrow,2017
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description viii, 1460 pages : map ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographic reference (pages 1085-1391) and index.
ISBN 9780062641830
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