Michelle Obama : A Life
Overview - An inspiring story of a modern American icon, here is the first comprehensive account of the life and times of Michelle Obama. 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. Read more...
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An inspiring story of a modern American icon, here is the first comprehensive account of the life and times of Michelle Obama. 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. He illuminates her tribulations at Princeton University and Harvard Law School during the racially charged 1980s and the dilemmas she faced in Chicago while building a high-powered career, raising a family and helping a young community organizer named Barack Obama become president of the United States. From the lessons she learned in Chicago to the messages she shares as one of the most recognizable women in the world, the story of this First Lady is the story of America. "Michelle Obama: A Life" is a fresh and compelling view of a woman of unique achievement and purpose.
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Political journalist Slevin offers an informative if not particularly personal portrait of America’s first lady in this thoroughly researched biography. Slevin meticulously recounts Obama’s inspiring journey, beginning with the struggle of her parents, Marian and Fraser Robinson, to eke out better lives on Chicago’s South Side, and continuing through her childhood to her experiences at Princeton and Harvard Law School, a job at white-shoe law firm Chadwell Kaiser (where a charismatic law student named Barack Obama first made her acquaintance), and her residence in the White House. Providing valuable insight into the trajectory of her life and career, Slevin shows how Obama draws strength from her upbringing, which emphasized knowledge, family, and social responsibility. The rare glimpses of the personality hidden behind Obama’s cool and unruffled demeanor are the most satisfying moments of the narrative, but they are few and far between, leaving her almost as enigmatic a figure at the book’s close as she is at the beginning. (Apr.)