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Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama

 

David J. Garrow, Barack Obama, Book Review by Kam Williams, Genevieve Cook, Pulitzer Prize-winnerRising Star
The Making of Barack Obama 

by David J. Garrow

William Morrow

Hardcover, $45.00

1472 pages

ISBN: 978-0-06-264183-0

Book Review by Kam Williams

“Barack 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 America’s first African-American president. In this penetrating biography, David J. Garrow delivers an epic work about the life of Barack Obama, creating a rich tapestry of a life little understood, until now…

In Rising Star, Garrow has created a vivid portrait that reveals not only the people and forces that shaped the future president but also the ways in which he used those influences to serve his larger aspirations. This is a gripping read about a young man born into uncommon family circumstances, whose faith in his own talents came face-to-face with fantastic ambitions and a desire to do good in the world.” 

— Excerpted from the Bookjacket

For some reason, presidential biographies by Pulitzer Prize-winners tend to be rather lengthy. Consider David McCullough’s on John Adams (752 pages) and Harry Truman (1120 pages), Doris Kearns Goodwin’s on Abe Lincoln (1,341 pages) and FDR (760 pages), and Robert Caro’s continuing series on LBJ (3,180 pages and counting).   

Now, another Pulitzer Prize-winner, David J. Garrow, has published an epic opus of 1,472 pages on the life of Barack Obama, focusing on the years prior to the presidency. And it’s a safe bet that Garrow just might eventually write a sequel about about POTUS 44’s time in the White House, too. 

Any Obama fan is likely to find this in-depth portrait fascinating, as it is filled with plenty of little-known factoids and anecdotes about him. For example, it chronicles a childhood spent mostly on Hawaii where he was basically raised by his maternal grandparents in the absence of both his mother and father.

Garrow also documents “Barry’s” use of marijuana in high school and of cocaine in college, when he started preferring “Barack.” And the author reveals the identity of the woman Obama lived with for a couple of years during his stint in Chicago as a grassroots organizer.

We also learn that Obama not only worked with a lot of Bible-thumping sisters during his initial stint in the Windy City, but that he was already planning to become president of the United States way back then. And there’s the blow-by-blow of his strained relationship with Genevieve Cook, the rudderless white woman he dated during his tenure in New York City.

Everything you always wanted to know about Barack Obama but were afraid to ask, and then some!

To order a copy of Rising Star, visit: https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0062641832/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Source:  Baret News 

Riveting Retrospective Revisits President’s Defining Moments

 

The Obama Years: The Power of Words, Film Review by Kam Williams, immortal speeches, Barack Obama, defining moments, Jessie WilliamsThe Obama Years: The Power of Words

Film Review by Kam Williams

Riveting Retrospective Revisits President’s Defining Moments

How many immortal speeches have been delivered by U.S. presidents and other American icons? Lincoln’s “Four score and seven years ago” Gettysburg Address, FDR’s “We have nothing to fear but fear itself,” Eisenhower’s beware of the “Military-Industrial Complex” farewell address, JFK’s “Ask not what your country can do for you” inaugural address, Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and Reagan’s “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall,” are among the handful which have stood the test of time.

Barack Obama has ostensibly left behind not just one but a cornucopia of historic orations likely to be remembered for generations to come. That is the contention of The Obama Years: The Power of Words, a riveting documentary which discusses, in non-partisan fashion, a plethora of his addresses for the ages.   

The Obama Years: The Power of Words, Film Review by Kam Williams, immortal speeches, Barack Obama, defining moments, Jessie Williams

Narrated by Jessie Williams of Grey’s Anatomy, the movie features a mix of archival footage from speeches and in-depth analysis by experts. Among the luminaries sharing insights are Pulitzer Prize-winner Doris Kearns-Goodwin, Rice University Professor Douglas Brinkley and former Obama strategists David Axelrod and Jon Favreau.

The reverential biopic unfolds chronologically, starting with the keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention which instantly turned a little-known State Senator from Illinois into an overnight sensation. Obama’s next remarkable highlight arrived in March 2008 when he salvaged a floundering presidential campaign with a unifying reflection on race delivered at Philadelphia’s Constitution Center.

Later that year in Denver, he was widely lauded for his stirring acceptance of the Democratic nomination on August 28th, the 45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” March on Washington speech. Obama subsequently spoke very emotionally about the Trayvon Martin shooting, the Sandy Hook elementary school and Charleston church massacres, bringing the grieving Emanuel A.M.E. congregation to tears with an a capella rendition of Amazing Grace at the end of the eulogy.

Just as moving was the President’s touchstone sermon commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March, uttered on location at the Edmund Pettus bridge, site of the infamous Bloody Sunday attack on protesters by Alabama State Police Officers for simply attempting to register to vote. For folks interested in lighter fare, there’s Barack’s stand-up routine at the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, where he roasted a red-faced Donald Trump about everything from hosting The Apprentice to spearheading the Birther movement.

A riveting retrospective revisiting an array of Barack Obama’s defining moments!

Excellent (4 stars)

Unrated

Running time: 60 minutes

Distributor: The Smithsonian

The Obama Years will air on the Smithsonian Channel on:

Thursday March 9th @ 9:00 am ET/PT

Saturday March 18th @ 8:00 am ET/PT

Tuesday March 21 @ 5:00 PM ET/PT

(Check local listings)

To see a trailer for The Obama Years, visit: https://players.brightcove.net/pages/v1/index.html?accountId=376817008&playerId=By25FGTv&videoId=5279649992001&autoplay=true

 

Source:  GIG News

Riveting Retrospective Revisits President’s Defining Moments

 

The Obama Years: The Power of Words,  Film Review by Kam Williams, immortal speeches, Barack Obama, defining moments, Jessie WilliamsThe Obama Years: The Power of Words

Film Review by Kam Williams

Riveting Retrospective Revisits President’s Defining Moments 

How many immortal speeches have been delivered by U.S. presidents and other American icons? Lincoln’s “Four score and seven years ago” Gettysburg Address, FDR’s “We have nothing to fear but fear itself,” Eisenhower’s beware of the “Military-Industrial Complex” farewell address, JFK’s “Ask not what your country can do for you” inaugural address, Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and Reagan’s “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall,” are among the handful which have stood the test of time.

Barack Obama has ostensibly left behind not just one but a cornucopia of historic orations likely to be remembered for generations to come. That is the contention of The Obama Years: The Power of Words, a riveting documentary which discusses, in non-partisan fashion, a plethora of his addresses for the ages.   

The Obama Years: The Power of Words,  Film Review by Kam Williams, immortal speeches, Barack Obama, defining moments, Jessie Williams

Narrated by Jessie Williams of Grey’s Anatomy, the movie features a mix of archival footage from speeches and in-depth analysis by experts. Among the luminaries sharing insights are Pulitzer Prize-winner Doris Kearns-Goodwin, Rice University Professor Douglas Brinkley and former Obama strategists David Axelrod and Jon Favreau.

The reverential biopic unfolds chronologically, starting with the keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention which instantly turned a little-known State Senator from Illinois into an overnight sensation. Obama’s next remarkable highlight arrived in March 2008 when he salvaged a floundering presidential campaign with a unifying reflection on race delivered at Philadelphia’s Constitution Center.

Later that year in Denver, he was widely lauded for his stirring acceptance of the Democratic nomination on August 28th, the 45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” March on Washington speech. Obama subsequently spoke very emotionally about the Trayvon Martin shooting, the Sandy Hook elementary school and Charleston church massacres, bring the grieving Emanuel A.M.E. congregation to tears with an a capella rendition of Amazing Grace at the end of the eulogy. 

Just as moving was the President’s touchstone commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March, uttered on location at the Edmund Pettus bridge, site of the infamous Bloody Sunday attack of protesters simply attempting to register to vote. For folks interested in lighter fare, there’s Barack’s stand-up routine at the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, where he roasted a red-faced Donald Trump about everything from hosting The Apprentice to spearheading the Birther movement.

A riveting retrospective revisiting an array of Barack Obama’s defining moments! 

Excellent (4 stars)

Unrated

Running time: 60 minutes

Distributor: The Smithsonian

The Obama Years will air on the Smithsonian Channel on:

Thursday March 9th @ 9:00 am ET/PT

Saturday March 18th @ 8:00 am ET/PT

Tuesday March 21 @ 5:00 PM ET/PT

(Check local listings)

To see a trailer for The Obama Years, visit: https://players.brightcove.net/pages/v1/index.html?accountId=376817008&playerId=By25FGTv&videoId=5279649992001&autoplay=true

Source:  GIG News