Barack Obama

The Story

by David Maraniss

Barack Obama

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The Story
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Book Summary

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of They Marched Into Sunlight draws on hundreds of interviews and written sources to present a richly textured account of the 44th president and the forces that shaped his character and beliefs, tracing the experiences of family members before his birth through his entry into politics.

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3 weeks on NPR Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller List

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When David Maraniss' biography of the president was first released, it sparked headlines about Barack Obama's relationships with his college girlfriends and his marijuana use as a young man. But there's much more to Barack Obama: The Story, writes NPR book critic Michael Schaub. "Maraniss does a fine job chronicling the early years of the first African-American to

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When David Maraniss' biography of the president of the United States was released this summer, political journalists pounced on the most salacious parts: Barack Obama's relationships with his college girlfriends, and his (apparently frequent) use of marijuana as a young man. But there's much more to Barack Obama: A Life. Maraniss does a fine job chronicling the early years of the first African-American to become leader of the free world, vividly describing his childhood in Hawaii

A new biography of President Obama provides a rare glimpse of him as a young adult. In Barack Obama: The Story, journalist David Maraniss chronicles the president's "classic search for home." AP hide caption

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Even though it won't be released until late June, David Maraniss' biography of President Obama has been making headlines for over a month. Most of the coverage has come on the heels of an excerpt from the book published in Vanity Fair detailing the president's college love life. It's a safe bet that Barack Obama: The Story will continue to show up in the news.

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