Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama

Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama

Rising Star is the definitive account of Barack Obama's formative years that made him the man who became the forty-fourth president of the United States—from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Bearing the CrossBarack Obama's speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention instantly catapulted him into the national spotlight and led to his election four years later as A...

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Title:Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama
Author:David J. Garrow
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ISBN:0062641859
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:1472 pages

Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama Reviews

  • Erin
    Jun 01, 2017
    The New York Times book review described Rising Star as "tedious & bloated" I agree 100%. Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama is a mammoth endeavor. This book is very,very,very long and to make matters worse I didn't learn anything important that I didn't already know. This book could've really ...
  • Owlseyes
    May 05, 2017
    Before Michelle, Barack Obama asked another woman to marry him. Then politics got in the way.in:https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/b...Obama biography stirs controversy with tales of politics, sex and a rising starin: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2... "it was...,guess who..."...
  • Lena♥Ribka
    May 09, 2017
    yes, I'm curious, but I'm not sure I can get through a 1461 pages long non fictional book... https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2......
  • Laurence
    Jun 06, 2017
    After reading Garrow's account, the meaning of President Obama's July 13th, 2012 campaign speech became crystal clear--he was talking about himself, and describing the arc of his career:"...look, if you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own. You didn't get there on your own. I'm alway...
  • BonnieL
    May 22, 2017
    A difficult book to rate - with this genre, it's not really possible to "like" the book - it's more that one can appreciate the work without necessarily agreeing with the author or accepting his conclusions. The book is 1400+ pages, over 7 pounds, extremely small type. It seems to be meticulously re...
  • Ken Ransom
    May 28, 2017
    3-1/2OMG, at more than 1,084 pages (plus 275 pages of notes), Rising Star based on more than 1,000 interviews and consultations, and just about everything that was written about the 44th president. Sometimes the book feels tedious and just too much of a good thing. Incidents and Statements are repea...
  • Beverly
    Jun 09, 2017
    At over 1000 pages I haven't actually read every word but certainly enough to be impressed. Among other things Darrow exhaustively covers Chicago issues and politics displaying a thorough and balanced view. His description of Obama's character and career is similarly thorough and balanced but won't ...
  • Darlene
    Jun 20, 2017
    This book,'Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama' by Dr. David Garrow, is difficult for me to write about. At 1,472 pages (including a couple hundred pages of source notes), this book was a behemoth and quite dense although extremely well-researched and documented. In an interview with Dr. Garrow,...
  • Sam
    Jun 15, 2017
    Rising Star is a dense read that fills in a great deal of detail and provides a skeptical take on a career that has often been sugarcoated or treated incompletely. Perhaps the most fascinating chapters are those that cover the best known events in Obama's life. In these, Garrow adds a critical note ...
  • Heather
    Jun 21, 2017
    DNF'd after chapter 1. 41 pages that had absolutely nothing to with Barack Obama. My gosh, I've never been so annoyed with a book before. I was so angry at the waste of time that I can't go on. This book has almost 1,500 pages in it when you include the chapter notes, bibliography, acknowledgments, ...