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.
Zeitgeschichte in BriefenWas tut ein US-Präsident, wenn er wissen will, wie es um sein Land steht? Er liest. Während seiner Amtszeit gingen täglich Zehntausende Briefe im Oval Office ein. Jeden Abend las Barack Obama zehn ausgewählte Schreiben, einige beantwortete er persönlich. Zu Wort kommen Obama-Anhänger ebenso wie politische Gegner, vom Schulkind bis zum Kriegsveteranen. Was sie bewegt: die Folgen der Finanzkrise, die geplante Gesundheitsreform, soziale Gerechtigkeit, Bildungschancen und Start-up-Ideen, das Schicksal der Soldaten im Auslandseinsatz oder schlicht Schulaufgaben. ´´Briefe an Obama´´ spiegelt die Lage der Nation in einer Zeit großen Wandels.Laskas, Jeanne MarieJeanne Marie Laskas ist Journalistin und Autorin mehrerer Sachbücher. Sie schreibt regelmäßig für The New York Times Magazine und GQ und veröffentlicht Beiträge u.a. in The New Yorker, The Atlantic und Esquire. Laskas ist Professorin für Englisch und Gründungsvorstand des Center of Creativity an der Universität von Pittsburgh. Sie lebt mit ihrem Mann und zwei Kindern auf einer Farm in Pennsylvania.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ? From one of Barack Obama´s most trusted aides comes a revelatory behind-the-scenes account of his presidency-and how idealism can confront harsh reality and still survive. ´´The closest view of Obama we´re likely to get until he publishes his own memoir.´´-George Packer, The New Yorker NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE GUARDIAN For nearly ten years, Ben Rhodes saw almost everything that happened at the center of the Obama administration-first as a speechwriter, then as deputy national security advisor, and finally as a multipurpose aide and close collaborator. He started every morning in the Oval Office with the President´s Daily Briefing, traveled the world with Obama, and was at the center of some of the most consequential and controversial moments of the presidency. Now he tells the full story of his partnership-and, ultimately, friendship-with a man who also happened to be a historic president of the United States. Rhodes was not your typical presidential confidant, and this is not your typical White House memoir. Rendered in vivid, novelistic detail by someone who was a writer before he was a staffer, this is a rare look inside the most poignant, tense, and consequential moments of the Obama presidency-waiting out the bin Laden raid in the Situation Room, responding to the Arab Spring, reaching a nuclear agreement with Iran, leading secret negotiations with the Cuban government to normalize relations, and confronting the resurgence of nationalism and nativism that culminated in the election of Donald Trump. In The World as It Is, Rhodes shows what it was like to be there-from the early days of the Obama campaign to the final hours of the presidency. It is a story populated by such characters as Susan Rice, Samantha Power, Hillary Clinton, Bob Gates, and-above all-Barack Obama, who comes to life on the page in moments of great urgency and disarming intimacy. This is the most vivid portrayal yet of Obama´s worldview and presidency, a chronicle of a political education by a writer of enormous talent, and an essential record of the forces that shaped the last decade. Praise for The World as It Is ´´A book that reflects the president [Rhodes] served-intelligent, amiable, compelling and principled . . . a classic coming-of-age story, about the journey from idealism to realism, told with candor and immediacy . . . His achievement is rare for a political memoir: He has written a humane and honorable book.´´-Joe Klein, The New York Times Book Review
It’s amateur hour at the White House. So says New York Times best-selling author Edward Klein in his political exposé The Amateur. Tapping into the public’s growing sentiment that President Obama is in over his head, The Amateur argues that Obama’s toxic combination of incompetence and arrogance has run our nation and his presidency off the rails. ´´Obama was both completely inexperienced and ideologically far to the left of most Americans when he entered the White House,” says Klein. ´´And he was so arrogant that he didn’t even know what he didn’t know.” Klein, who is known for getting the inside scoop on everyone from the Kennedys to the Clintons, reveals never before published details about the Obama administration’s political inner workings, as well as Barack and Michelle’s personal lives, including the inordinate influence Michelle wields over Barack and her feud with a high profile celebrity; the real reason Rahm Emanuel left the White House (it wasn’t for family reasons); why Valerie Jarrett’s role is closer to that of Rasputin than impartial senior advisor; how Obama has purposefully forgotten and ignored those who put him in power, including the Kennedys and the Jewish and African American communities in Chicago. From Obama’s conceited and detached demeanor, to his detrimental reliance on Michelle Obama and Valerie Jarrett’s advice, to the Obamas’ extravagant and out of touch lifestyle, The Amateur reveals a president whose ignorance and incompetence are sabotaging himself, his presidency, and America. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John McLain. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/004974/bk_blak_004974_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the author of First in His Class, the definitive biography of Bill Clinton; When Pride Still Mattered, the best-selling biography of Vince Lombardi; and They Marched into Sunlight, the classic saga of the Vietnam era - a stunning new multigenerational biography of Barack Obama. In a groundbreaking work based on hundreds of interviews, including with President Obama, and a trove of letters, journals, and other documents, one of our preeminent journalists presents a richly textured account of Barack Obama and the forces that shaped him. This book begins in Kansas and Kenya, decades before Obama was born, and ends as he prepares for a political life. The listener gains a deeper insight into the first black president of the United States, revealing as never before the arc of his history, character, contradictions, and ambition. As with First in His Class, Maraniss´s seminal book will redefine a president. This seamless narrative moves through generations and around the world, evoking time and place so vividly that readers feel they are there. Maraniss explodes the myths as he explores the difficult and colorful lives of the president´s forebears and then follows young Barack from Hawaii to Indonesia to Los Angeles to New York to Chicago as he struggles with self-identity and searches for home. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Maraniss. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/005960/bk_sans_005960_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
New York, New York. Die Lichter am Times Square, der Broadway, das Empire State Building. ´Es gibt keine andere Stadt mit so viel Stolz, Glanz und Triumphalismus´, meinte Schriftsteller Tom Wolfe einmal... Riesige Kulturtempel und Kaufhäuser, eine Flut von gelben Taxis und vor der Hafeneinfahrt die Statue of Liberty, das ungebrochene Symbol der Freiheit. Eine Stadt, deren Bewohner den Slogan ´Yes, we can´ schon verinnerlicht hatten, ehe er von Barack Obama überhaupt erst verkündet wurde. New York: ein einzigartiger Kosmos aus vielen Welten, in dem man oft nur die Straße zu wechseln braucht, um von der einen Welt in eine andere einzutauchen. DAS NEW YORK BUCH lädt zu einer faszinierenden Reise in die Stadt ein und offenbart deren ganze Vielschichtigkeit in brillanten Farbbildern und informativen Texten. Ausklappbare Panoramabilder bieten spektakuläre Ansichten ausgewählter Highlights.
This isn’t a story about black people - it’s a story about the Left’s agenda to patronize blacks and lie to everyone else. For decades, the Left has been putting on a play with themselves as heroes in an ongoing civil rights movement - which they were mostly absent from at the time. Long after pervasive racial discrimination ended, they kept pretending America was being run by the Klan and that liberals were black America’s only protectors. It took the O. J. Simpson verdict - the race-based acquittal of a spectacularly guilty black celebrity as blacks across America erupted in cheers - to shut down the white guilt bank. But now, fewer than two decades later, our ´´postracial´´ president has returned us to the pre-O.J. era of nonstop racial posturing. A half-black, half-white Democrat, not descended from American slaves, has brought racial unrest back with a whoop. The Obama candidacy allowed liberals to engage in self-righteousness about race and get a hard-core Leftie in the White House at the same time. In 2008, we were told the only way for the nation to move past race was to elect him as president. And 53 percent of voters fell for it. Now, Ann Coulter fearlessly explains the real history of race relations in this country, including how white liberals twist that history to spring the guilty, accuse the innocent, and engender racial hatreds, all in order to win politically. You’ll learn, for instance, how: A U.S. congressman and a New York mayor conspired to protect cop killers who ambushed four police officers in the Rev. Louis Farrakhan’s mosque. The entire Democratic elite, up to the Carter White House, coddled a black cult in San Francisco as hundreds of the cult members marched to their deaths in Guyana. New York City became a maelstrom of racial hatred, with black neighborhoods abandoned to criminals who were ferociously defended by a press that 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ann Coulter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/001977/bk_peng_001977_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Where were you when America elected Barack Obama? Kate Jennings was in New York, eyes wide open, completing her take on an amazing time: ´´the run-up to the election... a time when every day felt like a year and we became slightly crazed from worry but also mesmerised, unable to switch off the cable news stations, obsessively tracking the DOW, VIX, LIBOR spreads, polls in red states. So much at stake.´´ American Revolution is a dazzling and perceptive look at the United States between hope and despair: an election-year kaleidoscope. Jennings describes how and why the US economy fell off a cliff and how an apparently endless run of primaries and an increasingly rancorous campaign culminated in a world-changing victory. She surveys the characters - Obama, Palin, McCain and the Clintons - and conveys the concepts - derivatives, bailouts and moral hazard. This is an essay that shows America in fascinating flux: it is witty and poetic, acute and evocative. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marie-Louise Walker. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/001186/bk_boli_001186_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.