Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage [With Earbuds] (Anglais)
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In Barack and Michelle, America’s First Couple is scrutinized in stirring detail by Christopher Andersen, author of thirteen New York Times bestsellers including Jack and Jackie, Somewhere in Heaven, and the phenomenal #1 New York Times bestsellers The Day Diana Died and The Day John Died. Subtitled Portrait of an American Marriage, here is the first in-depth look at the popular U.S. President and his beautiful, brilliant, and stylish First Lady. Andersen, already internationally acclaimed for his intimate portraits of the Kennedys, Bushs, and
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"She is my rock—the one person who keeps it real." —Barack
"I don't want anybody to think that it's easy. . . . We have a strong marriage, but it's not perfect." —Michelle
They exploded onto the world scene and within a matter of a few short years captured the ultimate political prize. In so doing, they became a First Couple like no other: He—the biracial son of a free-spirited Kansas-born woman and a mercurial Kenyan father who abandoned him at an early age—was raised in Hawaii and Indonesia, educated at Columbia and Harvard, and launched his political career in America's heartland. She, by contrast, was the product of a solidly middle-American family with roots planted firmly in Chicago's working-class South Side—paving the way for her to achieve her dreams of an Ivy League education and a position at one of the nation's top law firms.
By the time they claimed the White House in one of the most hotly contested presidential races in modern history, Barack and Michelle Obama were seen by millions around the world as the new Jack and Jackie Kennedy—brilliant, attractive, elegant, youthful, exciting. Accompanied by their two young daughters, Malia and Sasha, the Obamas would arrive at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with the promise of a new Camelot all but assured.
Given the obvious historic significance of what they have accomplished together, the marriage of Barack and Michelle stands as one of the great personal and political partnerships in American history. Yet, incredibly, the true nature of that relationship has remained a mystery. Until now.
In the style of his No. 1 New York Times bestsellers The Day Diana Died and The Day John Died, as well as his bestselling books about the Kennedys, the Clintons, and the Bushes, author Christopher Andersen draws on important sources—some speaking here for the first time—to paint the first complete, compelling portrait of America's first black First Family.
Among the many intriguing insights and stunning revelations:
- New behind-the-scenes details of the Obamas' courtship and marriage—and the lovers who went before.
- The early tragedies that shaped both Barack's and Michelle's personalities, and how those events haunt them to this day. Also, new information about Barack's rootless childhood, at times tortured adolescence, and the true extent of his early drug use.
- How Barack's ambition put a strain on their relationship from the very beginning, how close the Obamas really came to breaking up, and how Michelle made the difficult decision that saved their marriage.
- The little-known near-tragedy that brought Barack and Michelle closer than they had ever been.
- How Michelle may have saved her husband's presidential campaign, and her surprising behind-the-scenes role as the president's chief advisor.
- The pressures and delights of raising two young girls in the relentless glare of the media, and how, like Jack and Jackie Kennedy before them, Barack and Michelle strive to make the lives of America's two most famous children as "normal" as possible.
Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage is an intimate and ultimately riveting look at their unique partnership, and the humor, faith, fortitude, and grace that defines it. It is, above all, an extraordinary American love story.--Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.
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I was wrong. If you've read magazine articles about the Obamas (or Obama's own 2 books), you've already read all the information about their marriage contained in this book. But that's not the worst part. The worst part is that Andersen makes blanket assertions that are not attributed to any named source or backed up by any discernible proof. (There are also no end-notes in the book that would indicate who was interviewed and what the sources for particular assertions are. Such end-notes are customary for any biography that wants to be taken seriously).
For instance, he makes the blanket assertion that Obama was in church the day the Rev. Wright made his "God D*** America" sermon. If you followed the 2008 campaign at all, you know that this was actually a very big topic of discussion. Obama says he was not in attendance during that controversial sermon. Hundreds of reporters could not find ANY proof that he was. Neither the Clinton or McCain campaigns, who would have dearly loved to find such proof, could find ANY indication that he was. In fact, the Obama campaign released proof of his official schedule for that day that showed he was actually in Florida on the day in question. Yet here comes Christopher Andersen in his book saying definitively that Obama attended that sermon. That's a pretty bold assertion. He's saying Obama lied. He's saying he found something no other reporter could find in a year of investigation. He should be proud of his "scoop" and tell us how he got this information. Who's his source?... Answer: there is no source. Andersen just makes the assertion, with NO named source or proof for it.
This brazen act of making stunning assertions with NO named sources is repeated throughout the book. He makes the stunning claim that former Weatherman Bill Ayers helped Obama write his first book. What? Who's the source for this? Again, there is none. Repeat, there is NO NAMED SOURCE for this or any other of these assertions. (I remember this bizarre allegation making the rounds of the right-wing blogosphere last year, again without any proof. Andersen simply repeats the fevered imaginings of certain websites here as if they are established fact. He adds no sources or proof of his own. He seems to have just collected any rumors or slanders that bounced around the internet last year and put them in his book as both filler and as a way to attract readers from both sides of the political aisle).
It inspires no confidence in any careful reader that the rest of the book is remotely truthful. It also doesn't help that there are numerous silly errors throughout the book, such as random misspellings of Barack's name as "Barrack" and CBS 60 Minutes reporter Steve Kroft is referred to repeatedly as "Steve Croft".
Pure and simple, this book is a cut-and-paste job combined with unsourced mudslinging. Avoid this travesty and wait for a real reporter to write a book about the Obamas.