Rising Star

Rising Star

The Making of Barack Obama

eBook - 2017
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Presents a definitive account of the former president's life before his presidency, offering insights into his formative years, his associates, and his community work in Chicago.
Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062641854
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 1,460 pages) : illustration
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks


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Dec 02, 2017

It is likely that many readers will regret struggling through the flat-footed narration and kitchen-sink inclusiveness of this nearly 1500-page book, so wearingly huge and heavy and narrowly margined that it literally resists being held and read. Even as your wrists and eyes tire, so does your mind, confronted by the author’s relentless pursuit of seemingly every negative comment made about the book’s subject. Real insights into the man (which could have been presented with analytical balance and a more honest recognition of contextual complexity) become smudged by the author’s distinct sulfuric loathing, which spills over especially volcanically in the last chapter.

Oct 07, 2017

I agreed with Lynn the book is so long with so much details about someone life it is hard to believe if the author is really telling the truth or just made up hearsay. I do not recommend people to read this book unless you want to be bored for a month because that is how long it will take someone to read this book

Jul 02, 2017

(I gave this 1/2 star because I couldn't give a zero star rating)
This book is more than 1000 pages and contains WAY too many details. (Additionally includes nearly 300 pages of Notes and 50 pages for Bibliograpghy)
Chapter One doesn't even mention Barack Obama or his family or friends AT ALL.
It feels like the author is trying to include ALL details on EVERYTHING, however irrelevant the details are to addressing the character of the 44th President of the U.S.
Given the multitude of details, the author doesn't connect the details and get to the character development at all -- you, the reader, has to do all the work of sifting through the endless details, details, details to determine what is interesting and relevant vs. what isn't.
What's the point? BORING and mindless!


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