Audio Book Review: The American Journey of Barack Obama

Sunday, May 30, 2010 Posted by Dina N

Book Description
For decades Americans have turned to LIFE to understand and remember the most important events and people of our time. Just as LIFE once opened up the glittering Kennedy White House, LIFE now focuses its lens on Barack Obama. The American Journey of Barack Obama covers the candidate from his childhood and adolescence to his time as editor of The Harvard Law Review and his Chicago activist years, culminating with the excitement and fervor of the historic 2008 Democratic National Convention. This audiobook includes a Foreword by Senator Edward M. Kennedy, an incisive narrative biography and original essays by some of our finest writers, including Gay Talese, Charles Johnson, Melissa Fay Greene, Andrei Codrescu, Fay Weldon, Richard Norton Smith, Bob Greene and several others. Many listeners will find a new understanding of Obama. All listeners will feel that they are bearing witness to a singular, undeniably American story.

My Review
The American Journey of Barack Obama is an engrossing book about the remarkable path of Barack Obama. Covering his family, childhood, law career, and beyond - all the way to the White House - the book is a nice summary of the important milestones in President Obama's life prior to the presidency. I was familiar with many of the facts recounted in the book, since his biography has been in the spotlight for quite a while now. What I most enjoyed - and was new to me - was the many voices of writers who share their personal impressions of Obama, what his achievements mean to them, and how his story has affected their understanding of politics and society.

Disclosure / Disclaimer: No monetary compensation was provided for this post. I received a complimentary copy of the audio book. The opinions expressed in this review are my own and may differ from yours. Book information courtesy of Hachette Book Group.   

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