Nominated for a 2017 NAACP Image Award: Best Biography or Memoir Peter Baker´s authoritative history of the Obama presidency is the first complete account that will stand the test of time. Baker takes the measure of Obama´s achievements and disappointments in office and brings into focus the real legacy of the man who, as he described himself, ´´doesn´t look like all the presidents on the dollar bills.´´ With vivid color photographs by New York Times photographers and others of the events, major and minor, public and behind-the scenes, that defined Barack Obama´s eight years in office, Obama: The Call of History is a portrait in full of America´s first African-American president against the background of these tumultuous times.
The definitive visual biography of Barack Obama´s historic presidency, captured in unprecedented detail by his Chief White House photographer, presented in an oversize, 12´´x10´´exquisitely produced format, and featuring a foreword from the President himself.Pete Souza was with President Obama during more crucial moments than anyone else and he photographed them all - from the highly classified to the disarmingly candid. Obama: An Intimate Portrait reproduces more than three hundred of Souza´s most iconic photographs in exquisite detail, some of which have never been published before. Souza´s photographs, with the behind-the-scenes captions and stories that accompany them, document the most consequential hours of the Presidency alongside unguarded moments with the President´s family, his encounters with children, interactions with world leaders and cultural figures, and more. These images communicate the pace and power of America´s highest office and reveal the spirit of the extraordinary man who became President. The result is a portrait of exceptional intimacy and a stunning record of a landmark era in American history.´Precious historical documents . . . vividly human and often funny . . . these images tell the true story of a presidency that words have failed´ Jonathan Jones, Guardian
National Bestseller In this nuanced and complex portrait of Barack Obama, Pulitzer Prize-winner David Remnick offers a thorough, intricate, and riveting account of the unique experiences that shaped our nation´s first African American president. Through extensive on-the-record interviews with friends and teachers, mentors and disparagers, family members and Obama himself, Remnick explores the elite institutions that first exposed Obama to social tensions, and the intellectual currents that contributed to his identity. Using America´s racial history as a backdrop for Obama´s own story, Remnick further reveals how an initially rootless and confused young man built on the experiences of an earlier generation of black leaders to become one of the central figures of our time. Masterfully written and eminently readable, The Bridge is destined to be a lasting and illuminating work for years to come, by a writer with an unparalleled gift for revealing the historical significance of our present moment.
In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER LYNTON HISTORY PRIZE WINNER HEARTLAND AWARD WINNER DAYTON LITERARY PEACE PRIZE FINALIST NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times ? USA Today ? O: The Oprah Magazine ? Amazon ? Publishers Weekly ? Salon ? Newsday ? The Daily Beast NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New Yorker ? The Washington Post ? The Economist ? Boston Globe ? San Francisco Chronicle ? Chicago Tribune ? Entertainment Weekly ? Philadelphia Inquirer ? The Guardian ? The Seattle Times ? St. Louis Post-Dispatch ? The Christian Science Monitor From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson compares this epic migration to the migrations of other peoples in history. She interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to new data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves. With stunning historical detail, Wilkerson tells this story through the lives of three unique individuals: Ida Mae Gladney, who in 1937 left sharecropping and prejudice in Mississippi for Chicago, where she achieved quiet blue-collar success and, in old age, voted for Barack Obama when he ran for an Illinois Senate seat; sharp and quick-tempered George Starling, who in 1945 fled Florida for Harlem, where he endangered his job fighting for civil rights, saw his family fall, and finally found peace in God; and Robert Foster, who left Louisiana in 1953 to pursue a medical career, the personal physician to Ray Charles as part of a glitteringly successful medical career, which allowed him to purchase a grand home where he often threw exuberant parties. Wilkerson brilliantly captures their first treacherous and exhausting cross-country trips by car and train and their new lives in colonies that grew into ghettos, as well as how they changed these cities with southern food, faith, and culture and improved them with discipline, drive, and hard work. Both a riveting microcosm and a major assessment, The Warmth of Other Suns is a bold, remarkable, and riveting work, a superb account of an ´´unrecognized immigration´´ within our own land. Through the breadth of its narrative, the beauty of the writing, the depth of its research, and the fullness of the people and lives portrayed herein, this book is destined to become a classic.
Former president Barack Obama delivers a tender, beautiful letter to his daughters in this picture book illustrated by the award-winning Loren Long (Otis) that´s made to be treasured! In this tender, beautiful letter to his daughters, President Barack Obama has written a moving tribute to thirteen groundbreaking Americans and the ideals that have shaped our nation. From the artistry of Georgia O´Keeffe, to the courage of Jackie Robinson, to the patriotism of George Washington, President Obama sees the traits of these heroes within his own children, and within all of America´s children. Breathtaking, evocative illustrations by award-winning artist Loren Long at once capture the personalities and achievements of these great Americans and the innocence and promise of childhood. This beautiful book celebrates the characteristics that unite all Americans, from our nation´s founders to generations to come. It is about the potential within each of us to pursue our dreams and forge our own paths. It is a treasure to cherish with your family forever.
President Obama began his first term with a concerted effort to reshape Americas image abroad. He made overtures to the Islamic world in Cairo, pivoted towards China and vowed to reset relations with Russia. What Obama has forgotten, argues William Drozdiak, was the imminent crisis in Europe which threatens not only Americas long-time relationship with her allies, but global security. The UK stunned the world by leaving the EU; in Germany, there is growing alarm that one million refugees, mostly from Syria, are putting the countrys stability at risk; in Spain, a protracted economic crisis has spread disillusionment among young people and damaged support for centrist political leaders; while Greece has become a waystation for refugees fleeing Syria. By speaking with world leaders, Drozdiak described the crises, attempted solutions and asks where Europe goes from here and how the west can revitalise its key institutions like NATO and the EU. The result is a timely, character- and narrative-driven book about this tumultuous phase of contemporary European history.
The bestselling novel-and one of Barack Obama´s summer reading picks-from the award-winning author of We Should All Be Feminists and Dear Ijeawele. ´´From one of the world´s great contemporary writers comes the story of two Nigerians making their way in the U.S. and the UK, raising universal questions of race and belonging, the overseas experience for the African diaspora, and the search for identity and a home.´´ -Barack Obama Nominated as one of America´s best-loved novels by PBS´s The Great American Read Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion-for each other and for their homeland.
´´A true classic of world literature . . . A masterpiece that has inspired generations of writers in Nigeria, across Africa, and around the world.´´ -Barack Obama Nominated as one of America´s best-loved novels by PBS´s The Great American Read Things Fall Apart is the first of three novels in Chinua Achebe´s critically acclaimed African Trilogy. It is a classic narrative about Africa´s cataclysmic encounter with Europe as it establishes a colonial presence on the continent. Told through the fictional experiences of Okonkwo, a wealthy and fearless Igbo warrior of Umuofia in the late 1800s, Things Fall Apart explores one man´s futile resistance to the devaluing of his Igbo traditions by British political andreligious forces and his despair as his community capitulates to the powerful new order. With more than 20 million copies sold and translated into fifty-seven languages, Things Fall Apart provides one of the most illuminating and permanent monuments to African experience. Achebe does not only capture life in a pre-colonial African village, he conveys the tragedy of the loss of that world while broadening our understanding of our contemporary realities.
In 2008, when Michael McFaul was asked to leave his perch at Stanford and join President-elect Barack Obama´s national security team, he had no idea that he would find himself at the beating heart of one of today´s most contentious international relationships. McFaul had been studying and visiting Russia for decades, becoming one of America´s preeminent scholars on the country during the first Putin era. During President Obama´s first term, McFaul helped craft the policy known as ´´Reset,´´ which fostered unprecedented collaboration between the two countries under Dmitry Medvedev´s presidency. Later, as U.S. ambassador from 2012 to 2014, he witnessed firsthand how Vladimir Putin´s new rise interrupted this era of cooperation and returned Russian-American relations to a level of hostility not known since the darkest days of the Cold War. From the outset of his ambassadorship, the Kremlin accused McFaul of being sent by Obama to foment revolution against Putin´s regime. This resulting insider´s account - uniquely combining history, politics and intimate personal knowledge of the corridors of power - takes us from Putin´s dacha to ornate Kremlin chambers and the Oval Office, to explain how Russia really works, and why the world has entered a dangerous new era of confrontation.