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The definitive account of Barack Obama's life before he became the 44th president of the United States - the formative years, confluence of forces, and influential figures who helped shaped an extraordinary leader and his rise - from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Bearing the Cross.

Barack Obama's keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention instantly catapulted the little-known state senator from Illinois into the national spotlight. Three months later, Obama would win election to the US Senate; four years later he would make history as America's first black president. Now, at the end of his second presidential term, David J. Garrow delivers the most compelling and comprehensive Obama biography - as epic in vision and rigorous in detail as Robert Caro's The Power Broker.

Moving around the globe, from Hawaii to Indonesia to the American Northeast and Midwest, Rising Star meticulously unpacks Obama's life, from his tumultuous upbringing in Honolulu and Jakarta, to his formative time as a community organizer on Chicago's South Side, working in some of the roughest neighbourhoods, to Cambridge, where he excelled at Harvard Law School, and finally back to Chicago, where he pursued his political destiny. In voluminous detail, drawn from more than 1,000 interviews and encyclopaedic documentary research, Garrow reveals as never before the ambition, the dreams, and the all-too-human struggles of an iconic president in a sure to be news-making biography that will stand as the most authoritative account of Obama's pre-presidential life for decades to come.

©2017 David Garrow (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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  • Ant
  • 25-06-2017

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An extremely well researched and detailed account of Obama's rise to power.
I appreciate that writing a book about a contemporary political figure is probably differcult to remain unbiased but it seems to me that the author has mined the vast material on Obama for negative content. At times the author seems mean spirited in his pedantic emphasis on negative aspects of Obama's life . i have read many biographies of world leaders and this is the most biased and least scholarly example of this genre i have found. Could it be that im the one who is biased? Maybe. I live in New Zealand and have never been a fan of any American president in my life time but am interested in the office they hold. This book didn't really do a good job of giving a balanced view of the man, in my opinion.