Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama
The definitive account of Barack Obama's life before he became the 44th president of the United States - the formative years, confluence of forces, and influential figures who helped shaped an extraordinary leader and his rise - from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Bearing the Cross. Barack Obama's keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention instantly catapulted the little-known state senator from Illinois into the national spotlight. Three months later, Obama would win election to the U.S. Senate; four years later he would make history as America's first black president. Now, at the end of his second presidential term, David J. Garrow delivers the most compelling and comprehensive Obama biography - as epic in vision and rigorous in detail as Robert Caro's The Power Broker. Moving around the globe, from Hawaii to Indonesia to the American Northeast and Midwest, Rising Star meticulously unpacks Obama's life, from his tumultuous upbringing in Honolulu and Jakarta, to his formative time as a community organizer on Chicago's South Side, working in some of the roughest neighborhoods, to Cambridge, where he excelled at Harvard Law School, and finally back to Chicago, where he pursued his political destiny. In voluminous detail, drawn from more than 1,000 interviews and encyclopedic documentary research, Garrow reveals as never before the ambition, the dreams, and the all-too-human struggles of an iconic president in a sure to be news-making biography that will stand as the most authoritative account of Obama's pre-presidential life for decades to come.
Praise for 'Bearing the Cross', Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography: 'A foundation document...meticulous investigative scholarship' New York Times Book Review 'Provocative ... a complex and convincing portrait' Time 'A monumental volume ... Astoundingly comprehensive ... Constructed on a rock-solid foundation of research ... By far the most complete account of King's life' San Francisco Chronicle Praise for 'Protest at Selma': 'A valuable book, because it is a reminder of both the heroism and the brutality displayed in the great civil rights crusade' New Republic 'One of the most comprehensive studies yet of a single campaign within the civil-rights movement' New York Times Book Review Praise for 'The FBI and Martin Luther King, Jr.': 'A remarkable document ... meticulous, chilling, important' Boston Globe
David J. Garrow is Professor of Law & History and Distinguished Faculty Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He is the author of four books, including 'Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr.', and the 'Southern Christian Leadership Conference', which won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography. He is a regular contributor to the Washington Post, New York Times, and The American Prospect. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.