At over 1,400 pages and with a quarter million copy announced first print, this epic biography of Barack Obama’s early life and career is big in every way. Pulitzer Prize winning biographer Garrow draws on more than 1,000 interviews in his exploration of how Obama’s early life, his time as a Chicago organizer, and his daring bid for a U.S. Senate seat all helped forge the politician he would become.
The book is embargoed and we expect that a number of news-making revelations will help drive the media coverage. Reviews start with the Washington Post and USA Today with much more expected to come.
“[R]ecounts Barack Obama’s intensely political life story up to his 2008 election to the presidency, and does so without apparent political bias…. The result is a convincing and exceptionally detailed portrait of one man’s self-invention… political history buffs will be fascinated.
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Garrow is a demon for research…. Eminently solid… an impressive work that will provide grist for the former president’s detractors and admirers alike.”
— Kirkus Reviews
Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama (9780062641830) by David Garrow. $45.00 hardcover. 5/9/17 on sale.