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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 Clintons now celebrates the unique union of President and Mrs. Obama with Barack and Michelle, shedding fascinating light on a romantic relationship and a political destiny like no other.


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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.

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Commentaires client les plus utiles sur (beta) HASH(0x909128ac) étoiles sur 5 33 commentaires
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HASH(0x909245e8) étoiles sur 5 Very Disappointing 23 septembre 2009
Par Reader in the Midwest - Publié sur
Format: Relié
This book seemed so promising. It was supposed to be a more intimate look at the Obamas' marriage. However, it is basically a rehash of what was already reported in newspapers, magazines, or culled from interviews and other public comments. It doesn't seem to really focus on the marriage so much as it retells Barack's journey to the White House. I didn't get the behind-the-scenes details the book promised. Several of the Michelle/Barack quotes inserted in the text as if the author interviewed them himself are actually quotes from network evening news interviews that I even remember watching. I think the author also rehashed bits from Barack's Dreams from My Father. There are a few tiny details that I didn't know about - his roommate in NYC and his impressions. That's about it. Everything else is pretty old news. Overall, this books offers very little insight into the Obama marriage and partnership.
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HASH(0x9092463c) étoiles sur 5 Save your money! 29 septembre 2009
Par Dahlia2002 - Publié sur
Format: Relié
The book's quotations are almost all from articles written about the Obamas during the campaign, from Obama's own book, or from David Mendell's bio of Obama. Christopher Andersen's "research" consisted of pulling together work that others did to make a quick buck off of the public's interest in the Obamas. In addition, there are numerous errors throughout the book including getting addresses, dates, etc. You'll get a better sense of the Obama marriage by reading David Mendell's book (see, there's an author who actually conducted his own interviews), or any of the freely available profiles written about the Obamas.
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HASH(0x90924a74) étoiles sur 5 Riddled with errors, conjecture and non-sourced assertions 28 septembre 2009
Par L. - Publié sur
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I was looking forward to reading this, thinking the author might come up with some unique insight into the Obama marriage. I was aware that the Obamas and their close friends would probably not cooperate with such a book, and I was also aware that Christopher Andersen is a bit of a hackish celebrity biographer, but I still had hopes that he might do some actual investigative work and come up with some new interviews and sources of information.

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.
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HASH(0x90924e40) étoiles sur 5 Two People From Very Ordinary Backgrounds Come Together To Make An Extraordinary Marriage 10 janvier 2015
Par The Careful Observer - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Anyone who sees the class of the First Couple is struck by the question, "How did these 2 come together?" This book tries to explain the History of how this happened. Michelle was a young working attorney, going through the grind, when she heard of this "hotshot" attorney who would be coming to work for the Summer. She thought, like many others, that he had a "funny" name. However, when she met him, there was more substance to him than she had envisioned. She was also a little surprised to tell herself that she found him attractive. As they began to have informal conversations, one co-worker noted that she felt there was gravitas to the budding relationship, when late one afternoon, Obama was seen sitting comfortably on the edge of her desk, just casually talking. Another co-worker felt there was "something going on" when he found himself at the movie theater, standing in line close to where Obama and Michelle were also standing. Michelle thought that actually making their relationship public early on would have been "tacky," since they were only one of a few Black folks at the firm. Michelle had once tried to set Obama up with a friend, but Obama was having no part of that. Michelle's mother also had doubts about Obama being bi-racial. The book details the couple's first kiss, with Obama talking about taking her out in his Hyde Park neighborhood to an ice cream shop, laughing as he tells the tale of the kiss tasting of chocolate. Michelle found humor in the rusted out spot in the passenger's side of Obama's Datsun. It seems Obama had long held dreams of becoming President, but only shared that fact with Michelle's older brother, Craig. Craig had to tell Michelle not to be so rough on Barack, because she had a reputation for "eating guys up" that she had dated. Craig thought that Michelle's high standards would make it so that no guy would ever "qualify" to be in a long-term relationship with her. Apparently there had been some friendly jostling about the merits of marriage, with Obama seemingly cool to the concept. When he finally did propose, he teased her endlessly about her speechlessness that he had actually done it. At some point, the couple had dinner with a Chicago politico at a downtown Chicago restaurant, to seriously weigh options about a Presidential run, adding to the legend that Obama rarely does anything spontaneously. Most of what he does has been thoroughly calculated and thought out, including his eventual proposal to Michelle. This book is great in showing the evolution of a great "power couple," who both came out of differing close families to make a family together. It's a good book for anyone who wants to see how it happened. As a perfect segue, there is another book that complements this one, catching Obama in a reflective mood, articulating what he envisions in his romantic life, long before he met Michelle. In Thomas D. Rush's "Reality's Pen: Reflections On Family, History & Culture," Rush talks of two long, private conversations he held with Barack in 1989, when they both worked as Community Organizers. As Rush reflects, the thing he finds special about the conversations is that he was the only person, other than Obama, to have heard what was said. He was struck by the unique and special substance of what was shared. It was shared long before Obama became famous, so it was just two everyday men having a conversation. The interaction is detailed in the piece "You Never Know Who God Wants You To Meet" on page 95 of the book. Rush's book can be found right here on Amazon and that story, along with a number of rich anecdotes, makes it worth its purchase. When you put Rush's story together with what is shared in Andersen's book, you get a very rich story indeed.
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HASH(0x90924dec) étoiles sur 5 interesting 31 décembre 2013
Par nimira - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
It's nice to get an insight to the background, relationship, and real life that the current President and First Lady live. I quite enjoyed reading about their upbringing and how they met.
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