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  • Paperback: 662 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books USA; Reprint edition (11 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037570230X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375702303
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 3.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,779,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“If you care about American politics, you have to read "The Bridge."” –"Salon"
 
“Writing with emotional precision and a sure knowledge of politics, Mr. Remnick situates Mr. Obama’s career firmly within a historical context.” –Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times"
 
“A brilliantly constructed, flawlessly written biography.” – Douglas Brinkley, "The Los Angeles Times"
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“Exhaustively researched…Remnick has many important additions and corrections to make to our reading of “Dreams From My Father”…The book’s insights into Obama’s character will be very useful for understanding the man’s performance as president.” –Garry Wills, "The New York Times Book Review"
 
“An expansive work…Recounting a pivotal March 2007 speech in Selma, Remnick writes that Obama’s words were ‘at once personal, tribal, natio

"Brilliantly constructed, flawlessly written....A near-definitive study of Obama." -"The Los Angeles Times"
"If you care about American politics, you have to read "The Bridge."" -"Salon"
"Superb. . . . Remnick is a master blender of history, reporting and narrative." --"The""Seattle Times"
"Insight[ful] and nuance[d]. . . .Writing with emotional precision and a sure knowledge of politics, Mr. Remnick situates Mr. Obama's career firmly within a historical context." -Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times"
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"There are a few people of such skill that envy gives way to admiration, and one is left feeling not hostility but respect. Remnick is one of those exceptional practitioners."-"Newsweek"
"His work will serve as a building block for all future works on Obama. . . .Lovely and assured." -"Entertainment Weekly"
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"Engaging. . . .Sparkling." -"San Francisco Chronicle"
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"An expansive work. . . .Recounting a pivotal March 2007 speech in Selma, Remnick writes that Obama's words were 'at once personal, tribal, national and universal.' The same can be said of "The Bridge."" -"Time"
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"An insightful, nuanced look at the making of the 44th president, placing his career in the context of history." -"The Chicago Tribune"
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"Absorbing and seminal. . . .Remnick is the most gifted and versatile journalist in America. . . ."The Bridge" is the first truly great biography of the man in all his promise and complexities." -"San Antonio Express-News"
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"Remnick deserves credit for telling Obama's story more completely than others, for lending a reporter's zeal to the task, for not ducking the discussion of race and for peeling back several layers of the onion that is Barack Obama." -Gwen Ifill, "The Washington Post"
"What Remnick brings to a complex story are the tools of an exceptional reporter: persistence, curiosity, insight. . . .Rich in reflections and refractions." -Bloomberg.com
"Compelling. . . .A living metaphor for an increasingly diverse America. . . .Remnick is one of the finest journalists in America, and has delivered a thorough, well-crafted early entry in what is sure to be a long list of Obama biographies." -"St. Petersburg Times"
"[Remnick] manages to mine this young president's familiar story--the absent Kenyan father, the itinerant and idealistic young white mother, a childhood of wandering from Hawaii to Indonesia and back again--and find new insights." -"The Christian Science Monitor"
"Insightful, [a] valuable book. . . .Remnick places Obama's story squarely in the framework of America's civil rights struggle." -"The New Statesman"
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"Masterful, absorbing. . . .A splendid synthesis, an argument for [Remnick's] reporting gifts. . . .For those interested in race as a social construct, "The Bridge" is essential reading." -"The Cleveland Plain Dealer"
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"The book's strengths should appeal to readers of all political stripes: a real depth of reporting and the elegant grace of Remnick's literary style. . . .The reader is left with a nuanced account of our president's self-crafted development." -"St. Louis Post-Dispatch"
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"A lively and enjoyable biography that is likely to remain definitive. . . .Remnick should already be planning a sequel." -"The Washington Monthly"

Brilliantly constructed, flawlessly written .A near-definitive study of Obama. "The Los Angeles Times"
If you care about American politics, you have to read "The Bridge." "Salon"
"Superb. . . . Remnick is a master blender of history, reporting and narrative. "The" "Seattle Times"
Insight[ful] and nuance[d]. . . .Writing with emotional precision and a sure knowledge of politics, Mr. Remnick situates Mr. Obama s career firmly within a historical context. Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times"
""
There are a few people of such skill that envy gives way to admiration, and one is left feeling not hostility but respect. Remnick is one of those exceptional practitioners. "Newsweek"
His work will serve as a building block for all future works on Obama. . . .Lovely and assured. "Entertainment Weekly"
""
Engaging. . . .Sparkling. "San Francisco Chronicle"
""
An expansive work. . . .Recounting a pivotal March 2007 speech in Selma, Remnick writes that Obama s words were at once personal, tribal, national and universal. The same can be said of "The Bridge." "Time"
""
An insightful, nuanced look at the making of the 44th president, placing his career in the context of history. "The Chicago Tribune"
""
Absorbing and seminal. . . .Remnick is the most gifted and versatile journalist in America. . . ."The Bridge" is the first truly great biography of the man in all his promise and complexities. "San Antonio Express-News"
""
Remnick deserves credit for telling Obama s story more completely than others, for lending a reporter s zeal to the task, for not ducking the discussion of race and for peeling back several layers of the onion that is Barack Obama. Gwen Ifill, "The Washington Post"
What Remnick brings to a complex story are the tools of an exceptional reporter: persistence, curiosity, insight. . . .Rich in reflections and refractions. Bloomberg.com
Compelling. . . .A living metaphor for an increasingly diverse America. . . .Remnick is one of the finest journalists in America, and has delivered a thorough, well-crafted early entry in what is sure to be a long list of Obama biographies. "St. Petersburg Times"
[Remnick] manages to mine this young president s familiar story the absent Kenyan father, the itinerant and idealistic young white mother, a childhood of wandering from Hawaii to Indonesia and back again and find new insights. "The Christian Science Monitor"
Insightful, [a] valuable book. . . .Remnick places Obama s story squarely in the framework of America s civil rights struggle. "The New Statesman"
""
Masterful, absorbing. . . .A splendid synthesis, an argument for [Remnick s] reporting gifts. . . .For those interested in race as a social construct, "The Bridge" is essential reading. "The Cleveland Plain Dealer"
""
The book s strengths should appeal to readers of all political stripes: a real depth of reporting and the elegant grace of Remnick s literary style. . . .The reader is left with a nuanced account of our president s self-crafted development. "St. Louis Post-Dispatch"
""
A lively and enjoyable biography that is likely to remain definitive. . . .Remnick should already be planning a sequel. "The Washington Monthly""

Book Description

From the New Yorker editor and bestselling author of King of the World, the first ever biography of President Obama -- updated in paperback to cover his first two years in Office --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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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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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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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