The Call of History

Book - 2017
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Peter Baker's authoritative history of the Obama presidency is the first complete account that will stand the test of time. Baker takes the measure of Obama's achievements and disappointments in office and brings into focus the real legacy of the man who, as he described himself, "doesn't look like all the presidents on the dollar bills."
"'His first line in the history books was written the day he won office as the first African-American president, but he was determined to offer more than simply a new complexion in the Oval Office.' So writes Peter Baker, Chief White House Correspondent for the New York Times, about the 44th president of the United States. In this vivid and in-depth illustrated account of Barack Obama's years in office, Baker chronicles a period of great hope, tumult, accomplishment and, yes, failure. This is the story of a young president who took on the worst financial disaster since the Great Depression, forged a controversial health care program, watched anxiously in the Situation Room after approving the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, and endured mid-term election defeats. In a presidency buffeted by one crisis after another, he struggled with the Syrian civil war, a Russian invasion of its neighbor, the rise of the Islamic State, and, at home, often violent racial strife and a recalcitrant Congress. Inspiring in a crowded stadium yet diffident behind the scenes, Obama was a master politician who loathed politics. To many, he was an enigma, often seen through the lens of the observer--a liberal zealot to the right, an overeager compromiser to the left. 'I am like a Rorschach test,' he once noted. But he was the dominant figure of his age. After eight eventful years, he would never be the same--and neither would his country."--Jacket.
Publisher: New York :, Callaway,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780935112900
Branch Call Number: 973.932 Baker 2017
Characteristics: 319 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 31 cm


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Mar 12, 2018

This is a truthful account of the events from start to finish along with wonderful pics.

Jul 23, 2017

This is a beautiful book: both beautifully written and physically since it contains many amazing full-color photographs that bring the reader within what was happening at the time.
Peter Baker has been able to cover most of the events in Obama's 8 years in the White House and brings a unique perspective that offers up Obama in a very human light -- his obvious successes but more importantly also his mistakes, failures, and short-comings as a man who was the leader of the free world.
I expected this book to be favorable towards Obama who ascended to the highest public office in our country after only having served one term as Illinois state senator and partial single-term as a U.S. senator. His words inspired a nation and presented the possibility for a great deal of positive change within our democracy.
I was surprised to find that this book also objectively presents his struggles and some decisions that were not the right call, and reflected his inexperience and perhaps naivete. Peter Baker makes sure that the reader remembers that our 44th President is, above all, a man who isn't perfect while still possessing incredible strength, intelligence, and leadership.


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