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Renegade: The Making of Barack Obama Hardcover – 27 Aug 2009

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books (27 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905264879
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905264872
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,086,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A superb achievement. With an almost painterly eye, compelling insights and extraordinary access to Barack Obama and his inner circle, Richard Wolffe's Renegade tells the hidden, dramatic story of the 2008 campaign and also reveals much we did not know about the 44th President's life before politics. -- Michael Beschloss, political historian

Renegade offers a deft mix of biography, personal reflection, British wit and old-style journalism. Destined to be a classic in its genre -- Douglas Brinkley, historian and contributing editor, Vanity Fair

Richard Wolffe takes the reader deep inside the campaign, revealing--often for the first time--how the candidate and his closest confidants dealt with the biggest crises in the election. He earned their trust and it paid off handsomely in that he reveals new details and new aspects of the candidate's character that have remained sequestered from view...until now.
-- Michele Norris, US journalist

The first of the President Obama books--and a good one--insightful, thorough and straight. -- Ben Bradlee, vice president at large of The Washington Post

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Renegade offers a deft mix of biography, personal reflection, British wit and old-style journalism. Destined to be a classic in its genre

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Mar. 2010
Format: Hardcover
After Obama won the election, I basically decided not to waste my time reading accounts of his campaign. I wanted to read about Clinton's or McCain's campaigns - books brimming with "dirt" dished by campaign "insiders". But, I was so taken with Richard Wolffe's interviews about the book, mostly on MSNBC, that I waived my "rule" and bought the book. And, I'm glad I did. Wolffe writes a masterful account of a candidate - Barack Obama - certain he was going to win (and thankfully he did!) even though he knew he wasn't "conventional" American president "material".

Wolffe was given amazing access to Obama and his story reflects the insider access he was given. I cannot recommend any political junkie leaving Wolffe's book off their "need to read" list.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sally Shenton on 12 Oct. 2009
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Renegade: The Making of Barack Obama

I have never read a book about a politician before but I am finding this a very interesting read. It is informing me about the process of presidential elections as well as the thoughts and actions of Barack Obama.

I cannot read from cover to cover in one go like I would normally do for a fiction book. It is intense but thoroughly enjoyable
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eejram on 11 April 2010
Format: Paperback
Excellent book. Full of insights of the workings of Washington, D.C.
The book is written for intelligent people by a very intelligent mind.
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