The Bridge (eBook)
The Bridge (eBook)
In this nuanced and complex portrait of Barack Obama, Pulitzer Prize-winner David Remnick offers a thorough, intricate, and riveting account of the unique experiences that shaped our nation’s first African American president.
Through extensive on-the-record interviews with friends and teachers, mentors and disparagers, family members and Obama himself, Remnick explores the elite institutions that first exposed Obama to social tensions, and the intellectual currents that contributed to his identity. Using America’s racial history as a backdrop for Obama’s own story, Remnick further reveals how an initially rootless and confused young man built on the experiences of an earlier generation of black leaders to become one of the central figures of our time.
Masterfully written and eminently readable, The Bridge is destined to be a lasting and illuminating work for years to come, by a writer with an unparalleled gift for revealing the historical significance of our present moment.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
David Remnick was a reporter for The Washington Post for ten years, including four in Moscow. He joined The New Yorker as a writer in 1992 and has been the magazine’s editor since 1998. His last book was King of the World, a biography of Muhammad Ali, which was selected by Time as the top nonfiction book of 1998. Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire won a Pulitzer Prize in 1994.
Praise for The Bridge…
“If you care about American politics, you have to read The Bridge.” –Salon
“Writing with emotional precision and a sure knowledge of politics, Mr. Remnick situates Mr. Obama’s career firmly within a historical context.” –Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“A brilliantly constructed, flawlessly written biography.” – Douglas Brinkley, The Los Angeles Times
“Exhaustively researched…Remnick has many important additions and corrections to make to our reading of “Dreams From My Father”…The book’s insights into Obama’s character will be very useful for understanding the man’s performance as president.” –Garry Wills, The New York Times Book Review
“An expansive work…Recounting a pivotal March 2007 speech in Selma, Remnick writes that Obama’s words were ‘at once personal, tribal, national and universal.’ The same can be said of The Bridge.” –Time
“Remnick deserves credit for telling Obama’s story more completely than others, for lending a reporter’s zeal to the task, for not ducking the discussion of race and for peeling back several layers of the onion that is Barack Obama.” –The Washington Post
“What Remnick brings to a complex story are the tools of an exceptional reporter: persistence, curiosity, insight. He weaves in hours of on-the-record interviews with schoolmates, teachers, mentors, advisers and scholars…rich in reflections and refractions.” –Bloomberg.com
“Superb. Beautifully written and artfully constructed.” –The Economist
“Eminently readable…the great achievement of the book is that Remnick manages to say something different…Remnick himself is a bridge—to seeing fresh a man we think we know but only now, in his hard days in the White House, are beginning to understand.” –The Boston Globe
“An insightful, nuanced look at the making of the 44ths president, placing his career in the context of history.” –Chicago Tribune
“There are a few people of such skill that envy gives way to admiration, and one is left feeling not hostility but respect. Remnick is one of those exceptional practitioners…Remnick's biography depends not on nuggets but on his characteristically dispassionate, richly observed assessment of his subject. Without sermonizing or sentimentalizing, Remnick sheds light on the complicated role of race in Obama's rise and victory and, perhaps most relevantly, in the conduct of his presidency.” –Jonathan Meacham, Newsweek
“Ambitious and well executed…It’s fair and high-minded, sensitive but dispassionate, admiring but never fawning…It’s this mix of intellect, fact, and feeling that distinguish Remnick’s assessment of Obama’s victory.”–Time Out New York
“His work will serve as a building block for all future works on Obama…lovely and assured.” –Entertainment Weekly
"What Remnick brings to a complex story are the tools of an exceptional reporter: persistence, curiosity, insight. He weaves in hours of on-the-record interviews with schoolmates, teachers, mentors, advisers and scholars…rich in reflections and refractions." –Bloomberg.com
"Superb. Beautifully written and artfully constructed." –The Economist
"Eminently readable…the great achievement of the book is that Remnick manages to say something different…Remnick himself is a bridge—to seeing fresh a man we think we know but only now, in his hard days in the White House, are beginning to understand." –The Boston Globe
"An insightful, nuanced look at the making of the 44ths president, placing his career in the context of history." –Chicago Tribune
"Energetic…offers shrewd insights…Some of the best pages in the book are [Remnick’s] sustained reappraisal of Obama’s memoir.’ –The New York Review
"No other book to date is better at revealing the roots and personality of Barack Obama. Remnick has set a lofty bar for future biographers." –Library Journal
"A world-ranging, eye-opening, comprehensive life to date of the 44th President." –Kirkus
"A lively and enjoyable biography that is likely to remain definitive…Remnick should already be planning a sequel." –Washington Monthly
“Remnick’s views have the capacity to jolt…like his subject, Remnick wields a skilful and nuanced pen. None, except those who (somewhat unsubtly) want to ‘take America back’, could fail to be moved.” –The Financial Times
“Has many important additions and corrections to make to our reading of Dreams from My Father.” –New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books of 2010
“A balanced, highly readable and well-researched account.” –Financial Times non-fiction favorites of 2010
“Beautifully written, artfully constructed and full of new detail about the president.” –The Economist
“A truly masterful account.” –The Daily Beast