“Written by Martin Dupuis and Keith Boeckelman, this book examines Barack Obama’s meteoric rise to fame and what it means for American politics. The roots of President-elect Obama’s politics and presidential campaign strategy are traced in this detailed political biography, ascending from his successful run in 1996 to represent Chicago’s South Side in the Illinois Senate, through his partial term as the junior U.S. senator from Illinois beginning in 2004, to his campaign for the presidency. Dupuis and Boeckelman analyze in illuminating detail the critical ways in which the political calculus so brilliantly deployed in Obama’s 2007-2008 national campaign was shaped by the lessons he learned from the successes and failures of his previous local and statewide campaigns.
With his election as the first black president, Obama has captured the world’s imagination because his story reflects many of the most positive beliefs that permeate American culture: that underdogs can triumph, that the American dream of success is open to immigrants and their children if they work hard, that racism is fading. He also appeals to Americans searching for common ground in an era of political division and hyperpartisanship and gives them hope that wealth, nepotism, and negative campaigning are not the only tickets to success in contemporary politics.”
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