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The Bridge  free pdf No story has been more central to America's history this century than the rise of Barack Obama, and until now, no journalist or historian has written a book thatfully investigates the circumstances and experiences of Obama's life or explores the ambition behind his rise.Those familiar with Obama's own best-selling memoiror his campaign speeches know the touchstones and details that he chooses to emphasize, but now--from a writer whose gift for illuminating the historical significanceof 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 ofObama's tragic father, a brilliant economist who abandonedhis 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 Obamato the social tensions and intellectual currentsthat 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 mancreated himself first as a community organizer in Chicago, anexperience 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 emerged.
Deftly 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 2000, the sex scandals that would decimate his more experienced opponents in the 2004 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.

"From the Hardcover edition."

About David Remnick

David Remnick was a reporter for "The Washington Post" for ten years, including four in Moscow. He joined "The New Yorker" as a writer in 1992 and has been the magazine's editor since 1998. His last book was "King of the World," a biography of Muhammad Ali, which was selected by "Time "as the top nonfiction book of 1998. "Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire" won a Pulitzer Prize in 1994. "From the Hardcover edition."

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Author : David Remnick
Publisher : Random House Audio
Data Published : 06 April 2010
ISBN : 0307734323
EAN : 9780307734327
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 06 April 2010
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