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Barack Obama: An American Story [Paperback]

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Pages   142
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.96" Width: 6.24" Height: 0.42"
Weight:   0.33 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2008
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
Age  13-16
ISBN  0310670039  
EAN  9780310670032  
UPC  025986670030  


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Presents the life and achievements of the Harvard Law School graduate, legislator, and civil rights lawyer who became the forty-fourth president of the United States.

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You've read about historical U.S. figures in school textbooks. Maybe you've even seen a mini-series or movie about some of the leaders of America's past. But right now you're living in the midst of history in the making. You are watching a man with an unlikely story become one of the most important people in American politics today. It doesn't matter whether you've heard him speak, or even whether or not you agree with his politics. The life of Barack Obama is an inspirational story for anyone who has ever felt abandoned, alone, different, or who has wanted to do great things and make a difference in the world. Learn about the life-shaping experiences Barack Obama faced as he:* was raised by a single mom and his grandparents* rose to the top of his class at Harvard law* accepted a faith that gives his life deeper meaning* left a lucrative career in law to work in public serviceIn 1967 Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke out about the state of our country and its leadership, saying, 'We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now.' Barack Obama was only six-years-old when that speech took place, and forty years later he stood in the place where Abraham Lincoln once stood, and announced he was running for President because of what Dr. King called the 'fierce urgency of now.' He recognized a country once again in turmoil and a nation looking for something different---something better.As you read about the life of Barack Obama you'll be encouraged, inspired, and challenged to look at the world around you and see how you can take your own improbable journey to change it.

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Barack Obama: An American Story: (Invert)
By Bob Carlton and Ariele Gentiles

Binding: Softcover
Dimensions: 5.5 wide x 8 high x 0.4 deep in. | 139 wide x 203 high x deep 10 mm
Weight: 0.33 lb | 149 gms

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You've read about historical U.S. figures in school textbooks. Maybe you've even seen a mini-series or movie about some of the leaders of America's past. But right now you're living in the midst of history in the making. You are watching a man with an unlikely story become one of the most important people in American politics today.

It doesn't matter whether you've heard him speak, or even whether or not you agree with his politics. The life of Barack Obama is an inspirational story for anyone who has ever felt abandoned, alone, different, or who has wanted to do great things and make a difference in the world.

In 1967 Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke out about the state of our country and its leadership, saying, "We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now." Barack Obama was only six-years-old when that speech took place, and forty years later he stood in the place where Abraham Lincoln once stood, and announced he was running for President because of what Dr. King called the "fierce urgency of now." He recognized a country once again in turmoil and a nation looking for something different---something better.

As you read about the life of Barack Obama you'll be encouraged, inspired, and challenged to look at the world around you and see how you can take your own improbable journey to change it.



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Highly recommended for youth collections in both school and public libraries  Mar 16, 2009
Barack Obama: An American Story is a biography of President Barack Obama written especially for teen and young adult readers. Covering his adolescence (raised by a single mother and grandparents), his rise to the top of his class at Harvard Law, his Christian faith, and how he left a well-paying career to enter the realm of public service, Barack Obama: An American Story is more than a true-life biography - it's a motivational story about bettering oneself and reaching for one's dream. Highly recommended for youth collections in both school and public libraries.
 
Not as interesting as it should have been, given the subject!  Mar 6, 2009
Written like a text book - no effort to use lively writing or to engage young readers. Here is an example from the book: "Community organizing is an approach for developing power and relationships throughout local institutions such as congregations, unions, and associations." My son (5th grade) had NO IDEA what the heck that meant, and even if he had grasped the basic idea of it, I'm just amazed at how boring this statement makes the incredibly powerful idea of people working together to fight injustice or fix their communitities or change bad laws, etc...

Here is another random sample, just opening the book and dropping my finger down: "Obama spoke before a crowd of about 1,000 gathered at Federal Plaza in Chicago in October 2002. That crowd included college students, middle-aged people concerned about the Iraq War, and older people who had protested against the Vietnam War 40 years before. This rally was the first public effort in Chicago that spoke out against the Bush administration's plan for war in Iraq." Facts and figures devoid of life. Dry, dry, dry.

The one good thing about this book is that it does use many direct quotes from Obama and his family and friends.

Nevertheless, I do not recommend this book unless your child desperately needs details to fill out a report or write a biography on the President.

Find something else if you want capture your child's imagination or make history come alive or really inspire him/her with Barack Obama's journey to the White House.
 
History in the Making  Nov 20, 2008
I plan to share this book with the community and school libraries in my town...and with English, History, Government and Sociology teaching friends in the US and abroad. In language accessible to young people, the inspiring anecdotes in this biography often step beyond politics to focus on the unexpected journey of our new president - a journey that proves the American Dream lives on. Regardless of your personal politics, this life story should empower young people to recognize the strength that education and perseverance offer them to impact the real world, starting today.
 
An excellent book for generating discussion with students  Nov 14, 2008
Few people are ambivalent when it comes to Mr. Obama and this includes adolescents. For those who want to learn more about his background, this book does an excellent job of surveying those factors and forces that have helped form him. No matter what an adolescent or youth worker's political persuasion is, he or she will find the book helpful in creating rich discussions on numerous topics dealing with politics, family and faith.
 

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