Monday, November 24, 2008

LIFE: The American Journey of Barack Obama

title: LIFE, The American Journey of Barack Obama
editor: Robert Sullivan
pages: 178
publisher: Little, Brown
yearly count b: 83

You can love him, or you can think that he is the anti-christ. This review will not be about political views, I will not debate if he is to bring peace to the universe, or if he is going to be the biggest fraud. This review is about his journey, about Barack as a man, from birth to date. Life, The American Journey of Barack Obama is about the boy who will grow up to live his dream, and to dump out his enthusiasm on America. He was born to an unlikely couple, who did not possess the freedom that we now have, he grew up in Honolulu, California and later Chicago, he attended Harvard. From Harvard on he knew the taste of victory and that politics were his pursuit in life.

His family is more than a part of Obama, he belongs to them as well. In the photos in LIFE, The American Journey of Barack Obama it is obvious that they have more than a superficial bond. They laugh, they dance, they cry and play together, his family is not just a family for presidential events, but in the home as well. I loved seeing the portrayal of him as a man at home with his wife and daughters. The shots of Obama crouched down kissing his kids on the lips, or sharing the joys of his wins. There is something that draws folks into him, and I can see it here. This book does an amazing job of presenting Barack Obama from so many different sides and yet in them all he is a man, a man with a dream.

No matter how you voted you cannot stay that Obama doesn't carry the world in his grasp and the hopes of the nation in his hand. Only time will tell what he can do with that. But what I already can tell you is that his victory, a minority in office, an African American as the future leader of our nation is an accomplishment of which we should all be in awe.

At the end of the book there is a section titled Aspects of Obama in which positive articles are written by different peoples from around the world. LIFE asked 12 thinkers and writers to take a look at the different aspects Obama and to tell the readers what they see. This is a really interesting section of the book, where different people get to speak up. All in all a good book for a Obama believer!!

I would recommend this book for the Obama enthusiast on your Christmas list! It is a beautiful book with full colour photos on almost every page. I loved looking at and reading it. Enjoy!

To all the Obama faithful out there: Do you want a copy? Because of the sweet hachette book group peeps I have an extra to give away. Comment below by the end of the 26th and you will be entered in for a copy of his read. (US and Canada only, no PO boxes...sorry).

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beastmomma said...

I am an Obama fan and would love the chance to win a copy. Thanks for the chance!

Alyce said...

No need to enter me, I already have a copy. I was just wondering where you got the Obama images from since I am going to be reviewing this book sometime in the near future, and I liked how you used the images.

Yasmin said...

I'm an Obamanite and would love to win a copy!

Veens said...

Awesome review :) They really look cool on pictures! And I really really hope he is good

Alyce said...

Yes Bethany, you answered my question. I was just thinking about copyright, but if they are in the book I'm sure it's fine. (At least I'd hope so.)

Serena said...

no need to enter me into the contest, but I loved this book when it came in the mail. I love the story this book tells, and I think his center is his family...his wife and his kids.

Heather said...

I would love a copy! Please count me in for the drawing. :)

Veens said...

u have just like approx 14% for the nano thingy!! Awesome WORK!

bethany said...

beastmomma won!!! yay.