Young Mr. Obama

Young Mr. Obama

Chicago and the Making of A Black President

Book - 2010
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Paints a portrait of the current president as a young, ambitious leader and describes his education in the capital of the African American political community in Chicago and his disastrous run for Congress in 2000 that nearly derailed his career.

McMillan Palgrave

Barack Obama's inspirational politics and personal mythology have overshadowed his fascinating history. Young Mr. Obama gives us the missing chapter: the portrait of the politician as a young leader, often too ambitious for his own good, but still equipped with a rare ability to inspire change. The route to the White House began on the streets of Chicago's South Side.

Edward McClelland, a veteran Chicago journalist, tells the real story of the first black president's political education in the capital of the African American political community. Obama's touch wasn't always golden, and the unflappable and charismatic campaigner we know today nearly derailed his political career with a disastrous run for Congress in 2000.

Obama learned from his mistakes, and rebuilt his public persona. Young Mr. Obama is a masterpiece of political reporting, peeling away the audacity, the T-shirts, and the inspiring speeches to craft acompelling and surpassingly readable account of how local politics shaped a national leader.



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McLelland, who first covered Barack Obama for the Chicago Reader during Obama's failed primary challenge for the Democratic nomination to the congressional seat of former Black Panther and present US Congressmen Bobby Rush, presents a journalistic reconstruction of the President's nascent political career in Chicago, arguing that it is only from there that a Black man could have become President. The narrative traces Obama's engagement with the politics (and political intrigues) of Chicago from his hiring as a community organizer by the Developing Communities Project to his successful campaign for the United States Senate in 2004. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Shows President Obama as a young, ambitious leader, describing his education in the capital of the African American political community in Chicago and the disastrous run for Congress in 2000 that nearly derailed his career.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781608190607
1608190609
Branch Call Number: Biography Ob1mc
Characteristics: 275 p. : map ; 22 cm

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Mar 30, 2012

This book explores Obama's early years in Chicago. It provided details I hadn't read elsewhere. It's not amazing or anything but it's a bit of solid reporting.

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