The Bridge: The Life And Rise Of Barack Obama

The Bridge: The Life And Rise Of Barack Obama No Story Has Been Central To America S History This Century Than The Rise Of Barack Obama, And Until Now, No Journalist Or Historian Has Written A Book That Fully Investigates The Circumstances And Experiences Of Obama S Life Or Explores The Ambition Behind His Rise Those Familiar With Obama S Own Best Selling Memoir Or His Campaign Speeches Know The Touchstones And Details That He Chooses To Emphasize, But Now From A Writer Whose Gift For Illuminating The Historical Significance Of Unfolding Events Is Without Peer We Have A Portrait, At Once Masterly And Fresh, Nuanced And Unexpected, Of A Young Man In Search Of Himself, And Of A Rising Politician Determined To Become The First African American President The Bridge Offers The Most Complete Account Yet Of Obama S Tragic Father, A Brilliant Economist Who Abandoned His Family And Ended His Life As A Beaten Man Of His Mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, Who Had A Child As A Teenager And Then Built Her Career As An Anthropologist Living And Studying In Indonesia And Of The Succession Of Elite Institutions That First Exposed Obama To The Social Tensions And Intellectual Currents That Would Force Him To Imagine And Fashion An Identity For Himself Through Extensive On The Record Interviews With Friends And Teachers, Mentors And Disparagers, Family Members And Obama Himself, David Remnick Allows Us To See How A Rootless, Unaccomplished, And Confused Young Man Created Himself First As A Community Organizer In Chicago, An Experience That Would Not Only Shape His Urge To Work In Politics But Give Him A Home And A Community, And That Would Propel Him To Harvard Law School, Where His Sense Of A Greater Mission EmergedDeftly Setting Obama S Political Career Against The Galvanizing Intersection Of Race And Politics In Chicago S History, Remnick Shows Us How That City S Complex Racial Legacy Would Make Obama S Forays Into Politics A Source Of Controversy And Bare Knuckle Tactics His Clashes With Older Black Politicians In The Illinois State Senate, His Disastrous Decision To Challenge The Former Black Panther Bobby Rush For Congress In , The Sex Scandals That Would Decimate His Experienced Opponents In The Senate Race, And The Story From Both Sides Of His Confrontation With His Former Pastor, Jeremiah Wright By Looking At Obama S Political Rise Through The Prism Of Our Racial History, Remnick Gives Us The Conflicting Agendas Of Black Politicians The Dilemmas Of Men Like Jesse Jackson, John Lewis, And Joseph Lowery, Heroes Of The Civil Rights Movement, Who Are Forced To Reassess Old Loyalties And Understand The Priorities Of A New Generation Of African American Leaders The Bridge Revisits The American Drama Of Race, From Slavery To Civil Rights, And Makes Clear How Obama S Quest Is Not Just His Own But Is Emblematic Of A Nation Where Destiny Is Defined By Individuals Keen To Imagine A Future That Is Different From The Reality Of Their Current Lives

Lenin s Tomb The Last Days of the Soviet Empire Remnick has been editor of The New Yorker magazine since 1998 He was named Editor of the Year by Advertising Age in 2000 Before joining The New Yorker, Remnick was a reporter and the Moscow correspondent for The Washington Post He has also served on the New York Public Library s board of trustees In 2010 he published his sixth book,

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  • Hardcover
  • 672 pages
  • The Bridge: The Life And Rise Of Barack Obama
  • David Remnick
  • English
  • 15 April 2019
  • 9781400043606

10 thoughts on “The Bridge: The Life And Rise Of Barack Obama

  1. says:

    To say I liked this book is really not true It was of an OK for me.Please the GR book description here eight years after the book s publication, I doubt that other books have not been written which investigate the circumstances and experiences of Obama s life and the ambition behind his rise The second and third paragraph of the book description do give a prospective reader what the book covers The lives of his parents and how their lives came to mold his, is well told His mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, is a person I have come to admire and would like to read a whole book about She was born in 1942, in Wichita, Kansas She is portrayed as a woman of the hippie generation and a woman I easily relate to an idealist, but not politically oriented.In the second paragraph we are also told that on the record interviews are extensively utilized, but they are too extensive and lack adequate critical analysis As editor of The New Yorker, it surprises me that David Remnick did not recognize this The book goes off on lengthy tangents It concludes with Obama s inauguration and a quick summary of what he achieved and failed to achieve in the first year of his presidency It stresses that he was only able to become the first African American president because of those in the Civil Rights movement before him The book is dense It covers not only Obama but also his forerunners The you know before picking up the book, the easier it will be I was unacquainted with many of the Chicago politicians and religious leaders mentioned Remnick has a penchant for giving long lists of names.Many books and authors are referred to It is glaringly evident that the author is an editor I did not get the feeling that the books mentioned are those Remnick necessarily loves and recommends, but rather that literature is an integral part of his existence.The audiobook is read by Mark Deakins He reads too quickly, although his words are clear and distinct There is too much information to absorb for a book read so rapidly I have given the narration two stars.Having read the book, do I feel I have a better understanding of Obama s personality Yes, but not as much as much as I would have liked His relationship with his wife and children is scarcely delved into I have learned about events in his life and in his career His ambition to become a politician, coupled to his desire to improve the rights for minorities, fight poverty and improve health care and access to education has been made clear.

  2. says:

    I very much doubt there ll be a better biography of Barack Obama, at least not within the next decade or so, because this book is truly excellent I came away from it not just with a better understanding of Obama, but the civil rights movement and race relations in America in general.It really clarified my image of Obama as an extraordinary man not necessarily an extraordinary President, because history will tell on that one, and simply being the first African American President in no way guarantees that his presidency will prove a success But no one less than extraordinary could have the rise Obama had, to go from an Illinois state senator to President of the United States in four years The bridge in the title refers not just to the attack on peaceful civil rights demonstrators by armed officers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, in 1965, a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement, but also the way Obama perceives himself and his role in politics.With a white mother and African father, Obama deliberately carved out a role for himself as an African American he wasn t born with that perception of himself and he grew up largely removed from the race context in America And it s interesting how many people who knew Obama as a child and teenager said the same variation of I never thought of Barack as black Obama chose to position himself as an African America, but one with a unique insight and understanding of whites as well He saw himself as a man of two cultures, a man capable of living in and understanding both, a man who could act as a living bridge And that perception influenced his entire political career he consistently strove to act as a mediator between parties, a conciliator, someone who could reconcile opposing viewpoints How successful he proves at doing that in the vicious partisan world of Washington politics is something for another book.

  3. says:

    This book falls into the trap of being an authorized biography with its bias Remnick interviews people who met Obama twenty years ago and claim they called it in the early 90s that he would be the first black president, and he is not critical about this at all For Remnick, this is all part of the grand narrative of Obama s somewhat messianic rise Throughout the book, Obama is portrayed as so intelligent, so all encompassing, so engrossing that the characters who cross paths with him fawn after him or dislike him for racist or petty reasons Remnick is only sympathetic to older civil rights leaders who, in his view, had reason to distrust this upstart who did not share their struggle Indeed, Harvard, the Illinois State Senate, the US Senate are according to Remnick to small a stage for an intellect as great as Obama s, and he was destined for something greater The aforementioned issues with the book become particular noxious about halfway when Obama, now a Harvard grad, is making his initial political connections in Chicago The Bridge became so sycophantic at about this point that I had to take a month break and read something else Despite its issues, The Bridge does a good job of filling in a personal history for Obama in the first third of the book I learned a great deal about his early formative years I also thought the last quarter of the book that dealt with his presidential campaign, particularly the tough primary against Hillary Clinton, provided excellent insight in to the rigors of running an uphill presidential bid Little attention is given to the general election race against John McCain as the McCain ticket is as expected from an author with such a myopic leftist worldview dismissed as weak, racist and conspiratorial Finally, the book does a good job of placing Obama s rise in the context of African American history and as the culmination of the civil rights movement I won t go so far as to recommend this book I will say read it with the author s heavy bias in mind, but rather I d recommend waiting for a academic post presidency bio in 10 or 15 years.

  4. says:

    This dense and detailed look at a moment in history when Obama began his run for the White House in the end gives the reader the sense of a blind man running his hands over an elephant, or Galileo gazing at the stars The detail just makes one jealous to know those things we are not reading about what was he thinking, not just what he was saying One wants the man himself, not just the story of him.In the end, every book about this period is bound to be a disappointment in itself It cannot capture the utter impossibility of the moment the day by day disbelief of hearing Obama is still in the race and gaining, rather than losing adherents Of Obama facing challenges Reverend Wright greater than those that had brought down conventional candidates Kerry s Swift boat controversy , and emerging even larger than before It does not tell us, in the end, how this happened But among books of the period, this will rank among the best Remick s calm amidst the forest of details, and clear, thoughtful delivery make him a companionable guide He is not so casual as to make one doubt his sources, but he does not flaunt his erudition or access This must be one of the most readable tomes on a time when Americans suprised everyone even Americans.

  5. says:

    Terrific One of several definitive books about the President and campaign Recommend highly You can never go wrong w Remnick s writing.

  6. says:

    This was an excellent biography that revealed many different facets of the man who is our president David Remnick s research is comprehensive He did not shy away from reporting what some of Obama s detractors have to say, but clearly Obama has made friends than enemies among the people he has met directly and or befriended I was particularly interested in his early life as a black child raised by white people his grandparents Because I have two adopted African grandsons, I enjoyed the discussion of his youth and young adulthood and the manner in which he came to establish his own identity Remnick couches his research in the context of the racial history of our country which was quite fascinating I think this book will prove an important document regarding what people who lived and worked with Obama thought about his life in the years preceding his election as President It s made me want to read other presidential biographies.

  7. says:

    Inspirational and Revealing Fascinating journey and ascent of a younng black man, who in the beginning seemed to have little going for him With a brilliant, but self delusional Kenyan father, who deserted him as a baby and a devoted, but often absent mother, Barack known as Barry growing up learned at an early age that he had to or less shift for himself Fortunately he met the right people along the way who helped him on his journey, and he didn t waste time feeling sorry for himself Instead with a singleness of purpose he forged ahead, overcoming all obstacles by his tenacity and courage, to become what many thought was impossible our very first African American president.

  8. says:

    This book took me longer to read than any I have picked up in a long time Usually I could not put a book down, but this one I almost had to, just to digest the information There is an excellent backdrop of American history in this book, especially with the civil rights movement There were quite a few things I learned about reading this book I think that anyone could enjoy this, regardless of your personal opinion of Barack Obama, or your political beliefs It was an amazing book for laying out the life of a man who not only broke a historical barrier, but also was handed a country in crisis This book was amazing, and helped me to look at a lot of my beliefs in this country, and what things like racism, patriotism, civil duty and women s rights mean to me This is a wonderful biography, that I would recommend that anyone with an interest in politics or history read.

  9. says:

    Most reviewers were pleasantly surprised to find that anyone could find anything new to say about the president, since he is one of the most scrutinized people on the planet and has already written two memoirs But Remnick pulls off The Bridge, in part, through innovative and exhaustive research Several critics remarked how Remnick s reporting expanded their views of the Obama of Dreams From my Father others were grateful for the author s elucidation of the president s crucial years in Chicago But the book s key trait, and what may even find it some readers among skeptics of the president, is Remnick s nuanced reading of how Obama discovered an identity in the struggles of African American history before he went on to be a part of that history This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.

  10. says:

    Although this book is written from a decidedly favorable perspective, it offers a excellent history of the life and times of Barack Obama From his childhood to education to his early political career, I found book to be compelling and full of fascinating information about the 44th president of the United States Those from Chicagoland like me will find the sections on the history of Chicago politics to be particularly interesting.

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