Barack Obama: The Story

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From the author of First in His Class, the definitive biography of Bill Clinton, this New York Times bestseller was hailed by critics as a groundbreaking multigenerational biography, a richly textured account of President Obama and the forces that shaped him and sustain him.

In Barack Obama: The Story, David Maraniss has written a deeply reported generational biography teeming with fresh insights and revealing information, a masterly narrative drawn from hundreds of interviews, including with President Obama in the Oval Office, and a trove of letters, journals, diaries, and other documents.

The book unfolds in the small towns of Kansas and the remote villages of western Kenya, following the personal struggles of Obama’s white and black ancestors through the swirl of the twentieth century. It is a roots story on a global scale, a saga of constant movement, frustration and accomplishment, strong women and weak men, hopes lost and deferred, people leaving and being left. Disparate family threads converge in the climactic chapters as Obama reaches adulthood and travels from Honolulu to Los Angeles to New York to Chicago, trying to make sense of his past, establish his own identity, and prepare for his political future.

Barack Obama: The Story chronicles as never before the forces that shaped the first black president of the United States and explains why he thinks and acts as he does. Much like the author’s classic study of Bill Clinton, First in His Class, this promises to become a seminal book that will redefine a president.


  • BarackObama 01 Open

    Duration: 01min
  • BarackObama 02 TheMindThat

    Duration: 27min
  • BarackObama 03 Chapter1a

    Duration: 24min
  • BarackObama 04 Chapter1b

    Duration: 24min
  • BarackObama 05 Chapter1c

    Duration: 24min
  • BarackObama 06 Chapter1d

    Duration: 10min
  • BarackObama 07 Chapter2a

    Duration: 26min
  • BarackObama 08 Chapter2b

    Duration: 13min
  • BarackObama 09 Chapter2c

    Duration: 17min
  • BarackObama 10 Chapter2d

    Duration: 19min
  • BarackObama 11 Chapter3a

    Duration: 15min
  • BarackObama 12 Chapter3b

    Duration: 23min
  • BarackObama 13 Chapter3c

    Duration: 27min
  • BarackObama 14 Chapter4a

    Duration: 17min
  • BarackObama 15 Chapter4b

    Duration: 29min
  • BarackObama 16 Chapter4c

    Duration: 19min
  • BarackObama 17 Chapter5a

    Duration: 18min
  • BarackObama 18 Chapter5b

    Duration: 21min
  • BarackObama 19 Chapter6a

    Duration: 08min
  • BarackObama 20 Chapter6b

    Duration: 29min
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