Barack Obama: An American Story

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Because which period of American history could they be nostalgic for? The state sponsored terror of slavery, and segregation? The long, painful battle for civil rights? Or the enduring economic disadvantage and racism that all three left behind? But it is precisely amid the dark chaos of these conundrums that we find the irresistible light of Michelle Obama.

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In Becoming — the first book that tells her story from her own perspective — she reveals that her life is a form of alchemy. Her childhood, growing up on the South Side of Chicago, is recalled with an essentially American kind of wholesomeness: a strong nuclear family of four, sharing a one-bed apartment upstairs while the one below was occupied by her piano teacher great aunt Robbie.

Her family worked hard and kept things moving upwards. If Obama were British, this would be a class tale. I said only what I sincerely felt. But in its dignified tone, Becoming leaves out far more of this sordid history than it chooses to recall. Becoming is a page expansion of this essential doctrine, without compromising a refreshing level of honestly about what politics really did to her. There are compelling insights into the sorrow of miscarriage, the loneliness of living with a man whose sense of purpose often left little room for anything else, prompting her to seek couples counselling lest their marriage fall apart.

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Her candour about home life — the pressure of childcare, bills, debts, work and parenting — are interesting because they are so normal, and because normal is something she has never been allowed to be. Her book confirms what was observable about her time in the White House, that while she may have had to shape herself into the mould of what politics requires of a first lady, it was still a first lady-shaped version of something real. Her genuine dislike for politics is hard to avoid, in a book rooted in a high moral ground above insults and mudslinging, the political process itself seems the only thing she allows herself to freely insult.

In Obama graduated from Punahou School, an elite college preparatory academy in Honolulu. Influenced by professors who pushed him to take his studies more seriously, Obama experienced great intellectual growth during college and for a couple of years thereafter.

He led a rather ascetic life and read works of literature and philosophy by William Shakespeare , Friedrich Nietzsche , Toni Morrison , and others. After serving for a couple of years as a writer and editor for Business International Corp. While a summer associate in at the Chicago law firm of Sidley Austin, Obama had met Chicago native Michelle Robinson , a young lawyer at the firm. The two married in After receiving his law degree, Obama moved to Chicago and became active in the Democratic Party.

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He organized Project Vote, a drive that registered tens of thousands of African Americans on voting rolls and that is credited with helping Democrat Bill Clinton win Illinois and capture the presidency in During this period, Obama wrote his first book and saw it published. Obama lectured on constitutional law at the University of Chicago and worked as an attorney on civil rights issues. Barack Obama president of United States. Top Questions. Read More on This Topic. The crisis worked against McCain, whom many voters associated with the unpopular policies of the administration, and worked for the highly….


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