`A new biography by David Remnick . . . has America in raptures.' --Daily Telegraph
`Brilliantly constructed, flawlessly written biography.' --Los Angeles Times
'The most indispensable text on Obama's personal odyssey since his own "Dreams From My Father".' --Washingtonian
`This biography is superb - beautifully written and artfully constructed.'
'a masterly life of Barack Obama.' --Sunday Times Culture Magazine
'Remnick has pulled together a monument of a book, one large enough yet nuanced enough to provide useful insight into a man whose complexity and intelligence rank him among the most compelling figures in modern history.'
'David Remnick's hefty but readable account of Obama's freakishly rapid ascent... strains and tensions that have so far proved resistant to the adaptability and multiligualism of a singular politician [are] depicted so well in this valuable book.' --The New Statesman
'As you would expect from America's most accomplished reporter, [Remnick] plucks all the low-hanging fruit, The third reason for this book to be appearing now is, quite simply, that Remnick has written it. As an object of liberal envy and veneration, he has no equivalent in Britain and few US rivals apart from Obama himself. This is partly because his day job is Editor of The New Yorker, still the most prestigious magazine in the world in which to snag a byline. It is also because throughout his career as a journalist he has cranked out book-length reportage or astonishing quality and heft, and made it look easy... for anyone who needs a book on Obama by anyone other than Obama - and that should include Davied Cameron - this is the one.' --Book of the Week, The Times
'Remnick, the editor of the New Yorker magazine and a gifted writer, is almost alarmingly assiduous... Speaking to hundreds of friends and colleagues, he investigates and corrects Obama's own accouth of his life, going through with an assured and elegant tone that clarifies rather than accuses or unmasks... 600 masterly pages.' --***** Daily Telegraph
'In placing Obama at the narrow point of a long and storied national narrative, Remnick highlights the massive importance - and improbability - of our moment in history.' --Time Out
'[a] Washington insider...clearly had access to Obama's inner circle and...to Obama himself. The result...is full of intrigue, insight and intimacy.' --Herald
'If Obama ever wanted a lesson in getting things done, he could turn to Remnick who, as well as being editor of The New Yorker, has found time to write this comprehensive account of the US President's rise.' --Esquire
The rise of Barack Obama is one of the great stories of this century: a defining moment in American history, and one with truly global resonance. Until now, no journalist or historian has written a book that fully investigates the circumstances and experiences of Obamas life or explores the ambition and conviction behind his journey to election. The Bridge from a writer whose gift for illuminating the historical significance of unfolding events is unsurpassed offers a portrait, at once masterly and fresh, nuanced and unexpected, of the man who was determined to become the first African-American president. Through extensive on-the-record interviews with friends and teachers, mentors and disparagers, family members and Obama himself, David Remnick allow us to see an early life coloured by absence and uncertainty: one that asked demanding questions of a rootless and literate man in search of himself, sending him firstly towards social work and then into law. Deftly setting Obamas burgeoning political career against the volatile scene in Chicago, Remnick shows us how it was that citys complex racial legacy that shaped the young politician and made his first forays into politics a source of controversy and bare-knuckle tactics: his clashes with older black politicians in the Illinois State Senate, his disastrous decision to challenge the former Black Panther Bobby Rush for Congress in 2000, the sex scandals that would decimate his more experienced opponents in the 2004 Senate race, and the story from both sides of his confrontation with his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright. In exploring the way in which Barack Obama imagined and fashioned an identity for himself against the backdrop of race in America, Remnick illuminates an American life without precedent, and reminds us that, electrifying though Obamas victory may have been, there was nothing fated about it. Interrogating both the personal and political elements of the story and, most crucially, the points at which they intersect he gives shape to a decisive period of American history, and in turn, to the way it crucially influenced, animated and motivated a gifted and complex man.