Monthly Archives: July 2012

Barack Obama: The Story, Part 6

In this review article of David Marniss’s account of the early life and formation of Barack Obama I will now attempt to tie various loose ends together and draw some conclusions based upon this lively and well-written social biography of … Continue reading

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Barack Obama: The Story, Part 5

In David Marniss’s fine book, Barack Obama: The Story, we learn that Obama himself would later reflect on his young adult life and say, once again from the White House: “There is no doubt that what I retained in my … Continue reading

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Barack Obama: The Story, Part 4

We have now seen several powerful influences in Barack Obama’s early formative years. Another influence that was pounded into him by a black leader at Occidental College, during his freshman year, “can be summarized in three words: listen, analyze, decide” … Continue reading

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Barack Obama: The Story, Part 3

Numerous conservative talk show programs and commentators have stirred a great deal of controversy about President Obama’s birth and background. David Maraniss plainly puts several of these myths to rest. (I will not, however, hold my breath that conspiracy theorists, … Continue reading

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Barack Obama: The Story, Part 2

Barack Obama grew up without a father and his mother was quite frequently absent from his life. This prompts David Maraniss to conclude that in a very real sense he “raised himself” (xix). He “worked his way alone through many … Continue reading

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Barack Obama: The Story, Part 1

The much-anticipated book, Barack Obama: The Story, is a 641-page volume written by Pulitzer Prize winning author-journalist David Maraniss. I got more insight from this lengthy book into the early life, development and personality of our forty-fourth president than through … Continue reading

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The Real Romney, Part 4

The Real Romney Michael Kranish and Scott Helman  (Harper: 2012) After reading The Real Romney, by reporters Michael Kranish and Scott Helman, I committed myself to  reading the new David Maraniss biography, Barack Obama: The Story. (I also got this book … Continue reading

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The Real Romney, Part 3

The Real Romney Michael Kranish and Scott Helman  (Harper: 2012) There are several things that I can now say about Governor Mitt Romney, with some degree of confidence, after reading the interesting and fair-minded biography, The Real Romney. (This, by the … Continue reading

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The Real Romney, Part 2

The Real Romney Michael Kranish and Scott Helman  (Harper: 2012) Since our national election is less than four months away I recently concluded that I knew very little about Governor Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee. (I have not read … Continue reading

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The Real Romney, Part 1

The Real Romney Michael Kranish and Scott Helman  (Harper: 2012) Every four years America conducts a slightly troubling, but almost always peaceful, national process that we call a general election. We choose all 435 members of the House of Representatives, … Continue reading

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