I was happy to receive this book a few months ago and host a giveaway compliments of Hachette. I thought today with Barack Obama being sworn in as the 44th President of the United States, that it was a good time to get around to posting my review. It was nice as it provided a reason for me to strum through the pictures again.
My Review: The book is put together very well in all aspects. It reads very eloquently, with a good biographical feel to it. It is a comprehensive time line of Barack Obama's life and political history. It is a stunning photo journal and editorial into the "American Journey of Barak Obama." The photography is breath-taking, and very moving. It is everything we have come to expect from Life Photography and publications.
A quote from the editors that I really enjoyed from the book.
"There will be future chapters. Everyone agrees on this too. Where and when people disagree, they are nonetheless better off for knowing the man."
Full Description: For decades Americans have turned to LIFE to see, understand, and remember the most important events and people of our time. Just as LIFE once opened up the glittering Kennedy White House, LIFE now focuses its lens on Barack Obama. The American Journey of Barack Obama covers the candidate from his childhood and adolescence to his time as editor of The Harvard Law Review and his Chicago activist years, culminating with the excitement and fervor of the historic 2008 Democratic National Convention. The unfolding drama of Obama's life and political career is cinematic in scope, and never has it been presented so compellingly. In addition to a powerful array of photographs that were taken by many of the country's greatest photographers (and some that were snapped, in the quiet moments, by Obama family members themselves), this book also includes a Foreword by Senator Edward M. Kennedy, an incisive narrative biography and original essays by some of our finest writers, including Gay Talese, Charles Johnson, Melissa Fay Greene, Andrei Codrescu, Fay Weldon, Richard Norton Smith, Bob Greene and several others. Many readers will find a new understanding of Obama. All readers will feel that they are bearing witness to a singular, undeniably American story.