Michelle Obama (Alfred A. Knopf)

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An inspiring story, richly detailed and written with Elan, here is the first comprehensive account of the life and times of Michelle Obama, a woman of achievement and purpose--and the most unlikely first lady in modern American history. With disciplined reporting and a storyteller's eye for revealing detail, Peter Slevin follows Michelle to the White House from her working-class childhood on Chicago's largely segregated South Side.
The journey winds from the intricacies of her upbringing as the highly focused daughter of a gregarious city water-plant worker afflicted with multiple sclerosis to the tribulations she faces at Princeton University and Harvard Law School during the racially charged 1980s. And then returning to Chicago, where she works in an elite law firm and meets a law student from Hawaii named Barack Obama. Unsatisfied by corporate law, Michelle embarks on a search for meaningful work that takes her back to the community of her South Side youth, even as she struggles to find balance as a mother and a professional--while married to a man who wants to be president.
Slevin deftly explores the drama of Barack's historic campaigns and the harsh glare faced by Michelle in a role both relentlessly public and not entirely of her choosing. He offers a fresh and compelling view of the White House years when Michelle Obama casts herself as mentor, teacher, champion of nutrition, supporter of military families, and fervent opponent of inequality.
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ISBN-13: 9780307958822
ISBN-10: 0307958825
Pagini: 432
Dimensiuni: 165 x 241 x 38 mm
Greutate: 0.79 kg
Editura: Knopf Publishing Group
Colecția Alfred A. Knopf
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PETER SLEVIN spent a decade on the national staff of "The Washington Post" before joining Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, where he is an associate professor. He has written extensively about Barack and Michelle Obama, as well as political campaigns and policy debates from one end of the country to the other. Slevin graduated from Princeton and Oxford. He lives with his family in Evanston, Illinois.


"No first lady in American history has been at once so popular, pervasive, and yet so hard to know as Michelle Obama. Now Peter Slevin has gone deep and wide to render the most ambitious and authoritative book about her yet. Richly reported, beautifully written, thoughtful in its judgments and revelatory in its details, "Michelle Obama "is a work that does justice to Michelle Obama in a fresh way."
--John Heilemann, co-author of "Game Change "and "Double Down"
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"It's a challenge to tell the life story of a public figure, particularly a transformative one. But in "Michelle Obama: A Life" Peter Slevin is dogged in his reporting, nuanced in his storytelling and thoughtful in his analysis. He not only shows us who this historical first lady is, but how she came to be. In the process, he reveals much about our times and our culture."
--Robin Givhan, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic for the "Washington Post"
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"Michelle Obama is one of the most famous women in the world and one of the least understood. Peter Slevin brings us an amazing, eye-opening biography that begins on Chicago's South Side and ends in the White House. Here, Michelle Obama comes alive, as a complex and inspiring woman whose dilemmas mirror America's own continuing struggle for racial equality. Completely convincing and gripping," Michelle Obama: A Life" is a rich, powerful portrait at once revealing of Mrs. Obama and of ourselves as Americans."
--Dexter Filkins, author of "The Forever War"
"The life of Michelle Obama is a uniquely American story, and Peter Slevin tells it beautifully in this deft, revealing work. In sharing Michelle's extraordinary journey, Slevin also paints a rich picture of Chicago's South Side during the past century and the family and forces that helped shape this exceptional woman."
--David Axelrod, former Senior Advisor to the President, director of the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago