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From the small towns of Kansas to the remote villages of western Kenya, David Maraniss follows the personal struggles of President Barack Obama’s white and black ancestors through the swirl of the 20th Century in Barack Obama: The Story. 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. In Barack Obama: The Story, 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. Maraniss is an associate editor at The Washington Post and has written many critically acclaimed, bestselling books. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1993 for his Clinton coverage.
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