Barack Obama’s Inauguration on January 20, 2009

The President-Elect Barack Obama has campaigned on a platform of change and simultaneously has united Americans. His inauguration marks a change in American history. The following lists include biography, his autobiography, and other books.

The audacity of hope: thoughts on reclaiming the American dream

by Barack Obama (call number E901.1.O23 A3 2006)

“Ilinois’s Democratic senator illuminates the constraints of mainstream politics all too well in this sonorous manifesto. Obama (Dreams from My Father) castigates divisive partisanship (especially the Republican brand) and calls for a centrist politics based on broad American values. His own cautious liberalism is a model: he’s skeptical of big government and of Republican tax cuts for the rich and Social Security privatization; he’s prochoice, but respectful of prolifers; supportive of religion, but not of imposing it. The policy result is a tepid Clintonism, featuring tax credits for the poor, a host of small-bore programs to address everything from worker retraining to teen pregnancy, and a health-care program that resembles Clinton’s Hillary-care proposals. On Iraq, he floats a phased but open-ended troop withdrawal. His triangulated positions can seem conflicted: he supports free trade, while deploring its effects on American workers (he opposed the Central American Free Trade Agreement), in the end hoping halfheartedly that more support for education, science and renewable energy will see the economy through the dilemmas of globalization. Obama writes insightfully, with vivid firsthand observations, about politics and the compromises forced on politicians by fund-raising, interest groups, the media and legislative horse-trading. Alas, his muddled, uninspiring proposals bear the stamp of those compromises. (Oct. 17) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.” Publishers Weekly, 20061002

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Barack Obama

by Heather Lehr Wagner (call number E901.1.O23 W25 2008)

A biography of Barack Obama’s life, which includes full-color photographs and an index. Included is a list of websites to refer to for further reading.

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Barack Obama: a biography

by Joann F. Price (call number E901.1.O23 P75 2008)

“With all the hoopla about Barack Obama’s history-making campaign for president, Price (a writing coach/author of Martha Stewart: A Biography, Greenwood, 2007) provides a refreshingly balanced account of his upbringing, influences, struggles, hopes, and achievements. As part of a series specifically designed for high school students and general readers, the biography includes a timeline of events significant to his life (starting with the Emancipation Proclamation), photographs, and references. Annotation 2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (” Reference and Research Book News, 20081101

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Barack Obama, the new face of American politics

by Martin Dupuis (call number E901.1.O23 D87 2008)

“Dupuis (political science, U. of Central Florida) and Boeckelman (political science, Western Illinois U.) examine the national political career of Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama. Following a brief biographical overview, they present accounts of his successful primary and general election campaigns for the US Senate in 2004, followed by discussion of his fundraising abilities, his campaign’s use of media, and the influence of race on his political career. They also offer a description of his first two years in the Senate and consider the evolution of his “post-partisan” political message. Annotation 2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (” Reference and Research Book News, 20080501

This Improbable QuestBarack Obama: this improbable quest

by John K. Wilson (call number E901.1.O23 W56 2008)

“Regarding freshman U.S. Senator Barack Obama’s quixotic (at least by conventional standards) quest for the Oval Office, these books fall between the usual extremes of unabashedly promotional and critical policy analysis. The more thought-provoking is Steele’s (senior fellow, Hoover Inst., Stanford Univ.; White Guilt), who argues that while he shares much in common with Obama, he is convinced that the senator cannot prevail in his race for the White House. In his brief polemic, almost a literary jazzlike riff on U.S. politics, race relations, and contemporary sociology, Steele examines the significance and implications of Obama’s candidacy, concluding that while it is historical-even iconic-he cannot be elected because he is “a bound man.” By this he means that although Obama seeks to transcend superficial racial identities, he is in a double-bind, suspended between black racial solidarity and white liberal guilt. Steele admires Obama yet questions his character and policy commitments. If Steele is an Obama agnostic, Wilson (How the Left Can Win Arguments and Influence People), who studied law under Obama at the University of Chicago, is an Obama disciple. While Obama’s candidacy is perhaps the “improbable quest” that he himself declared it in his announcement speech in 2007, Wilson contends that Obama is the most electorally appealing progressive candidate, one who has truly sparked a grassroots movement. While Steele argues that race may be the downfall of Obama’s campaign, Wilson counters that Obama, through his policy proposals and charisma, has transcended race in large measure, and, if elected in 2008, would help the country move further down the road toward what Martin Luther King called the “beloved community.” With caucuses and primaries upon us, we soon will find out which of these books proves the more deeply insightful. Neither is fully persuasive but each is essential reading for anyone wishing to try to make more sense of contemporary American presidential politics and social policy. Highly recommended for all libraries.-Stephen K. Shaw, Northwest Nazarene Univ., Nampa, ID Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.” Library Journal, 20080201

Dreams from my father: a story of race and inheritance

by Barack Obama (call number E185.97.O23 A3 2004)

“Obama, the Democratic candidate for Illinois’s open Senate seat, strode into the national spotlight last month with his keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention. With a chance to become the Senate’s only African-American member, Obama, a Harvard-educated civil rights lawyer, has been called ”the new Tiger Woods of American politics.” Obama’s memoir, reissued with a new preface, traces his unusual family history. His father, a black Kenyan, and his mother, a white American from Kansas, met and married in Hawaii (his father returned to Kenya when Obama was still young). Paul Watkins, writing in the Book Review in 1995, said Obama’s memoir ”persuasively describes the phenomenon of belonging to two different worlds, and thus belonging to neither.” from New York Times Book Review byIhsan Taylor, published 08/29/2004


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