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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group; Unabridged edition (6 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307734323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307734327
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 5.6 x 14.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,268,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Remnick's account of Obama's ascent is both lucid and judicious.' --Sunday Times

'Race is the theme that shapes this virtually flawless biography... incisive and written with flair.' --Guardian --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

David Remnick was a reporter for the Washington Post for ten years, including four in Moscow. He joined the New Yorker as a writer in 1992 and has been the magazine’s editor since 1998. His last book was King of the World, a biography of Muhammad Ali, which was selected by Time as the top non-fiction book of 1998. Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire won a Pulitzer Prize in 1994. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Diacha on 2 Jun. 2010
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David Remnick's "The Bridge" is an excellent "ascent narrative" of the most powerful and perhaps most enigmatic man in the world.

Remnick recounts President Obama's life and career in three stages. The first covers his highly unconventional upbringing in Indonesia and Hawaii and his extraordinary re-casting of himself in late adolescence as an African American (at school "I never thought of Barry as black" remarked a Punahou classmate), as well as the emergence of the professorial and - in the words of Jonathan Alter, author of the virtually companion book "The Promise" - Zen-like persona that is the 44th President's signature. The second describes his relatively brief political apprenticeship as first a community organizer and then a state politician in Chicago, followed by a two-year stint in the US Senate before his entry into the White House race in 2006. The third addresses the campaign itself, though with a deliberately narrow focus on the role played in it by "race."

Luck and good fortune played their parts in Obama's rise: luck, for example, in the scandal fuelled implosions of the campaigns of both his Democratic primary and Republican election opponents in the Senate race; good fortune as in his adoption by movers and shakers such as Newt Minnow, Jerry Kellman or Valerie Jarrett which helped the future president navigate his way through the Chicago power structure where he was educated in reality without being overly corrupted or tainted by its quintessential "old Politics," or as in his propulsion to national fame through being selected to address the 2004 Democratic Convention.

But, as Remnick makes clear, will, skill and sheer effort on the part of the candidate were equally instrumental.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MarkK TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 May 2010
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Barack Obama's victory in the 2008 presidential election represented not just a milestone in terms of American history, but a new stage in the nation's enduring struggle over race. It was an issue that Obama had to deal with throughout the campaign, not just from whites but from blacks as well, as he faced charges that he was not "black" enough. In this book David Remnick, the editor of New Yorker magazine, offers us a study of Obama's life within the context of the issue of race. In it, he addresses not just the issues that he faced over the course of his life, but how in many respects they reflect the broader challenges that African Americans and whites faced in an era of dramatic change in the notions of race and equality within the nation as a whole.

The issue of race emerged early on for Obama. Growing up in Hawai'i, he experienced a very different type of racial environment, one with far greater racial diversity and far less overt animosity, than was the case on the mainland at the time. It was in that unique environment that he first wrestled with the issues of his self-definition, a struggle that continued throughout his college career, first in Los Angeles, then in New York City. By the time he graduated, he was a man comfortable with his own identity and the role he wanted to play within the larger community. Remnick's account here is traditionally biographical in its scope, drawing considerably upon Obama's own memoir, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, but adding to it with the subsequent reporting.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Tom Douglas TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 May 2010
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The Bridge is a fascinating account of the rise of Barack Obama, from a fairly chaotic childhood through to the most powerful job in the world.

We have skimmed the surface of this story before - there is no shortage of magazine articles about the first black president, the non-establishment president, the president who pitched hope rather than policies.

But this book brings two things - huge depth (nearly 700 pages all told); and context.

The context is important. Barack Obama is the first black president because of when and where he grew into a man - Chicago, with its race and politics intertwined so much that a study of the politics of Chicago is a study of the politics of (black American) race.

It is a moving account and also an inspirational one. Obama created his calm thoughtful persona when plenty of his experiences could have generated bitterness and anger. His was the response that should guide others in adversity.

It is also a chilling reminder of the ugliness of racism. This wasn't so long ago, yet the tales are stomach churning, and there are plenty of people around today who are happy to mark their vote for the British National Party.

I wasn't expecting this book to be as good as it is - with Obama in office for 18 months already, I figured his history is less relevant than it was pre-election. But it is the context that makes it. Obama as the bridge between the past and future of race in America.

Five stars.
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