In Barack Obama: The Making of the Man, David Maraniss has written a deeply reported generational biography teeming with fresh insights and revealing information, a masterly narrative drawn from hundreds of interviews, including with President Obama in the Oval Office, and a trove of letters, journals, diaries, and other documents.
The book unfolds in the small towns of Kansas and the remote villages of western Kenya, following the personal struggles of Obama’s white and black ancestors through the swirl of the twentieth century. It is a roots story on a global scale, a saga of constant movement, frustration and accomplishment, strong women and weak men, hopes lost and deferred, people leaving and being left. Disparate family threads converge in the climactic chapters as Obama reaches adulthood and travels from Honolulu to Los Angles to New York to Chicago, trying to make sense of his past, establish his own identity, and prepare for his political future.
David Maraniss is a two times Pulitzer Prize winner and very well known biographer whose work include the title called First In His Class-A Biography of Bill Clinton. He is an associate editor at the Washington Post. He lives in Washington, DC and Madison, Wisconsin.
Published by Atlantic/HB/672 pp/Rs 799
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