This audiobook is the previously untold and epic story of how a political newcomer with no money and an alien name grew into the world’s most powerful leader. But it is also a uniquely intimate portrait of the person behind the iconic posters and the Secret Service code name Renegade.
Drawing on a dozen unplugged interviews with the candidate and president, as well as twenty-one months covering his campaign as it traveled from coast to coast, Richard Wolffe answers the simple yet enduring question about Barack Obama: Who is he?
Based on Wolffe’s unprecedented access to Obama, Renegade reveals the making of a president, both on the campaign trail and before he ran for high office. It explains how the politician who emerged in an extraordinary election learned the personal and political skills to succeed during his youth and early career. Richard Wolffe shares with us his front-row seat at Obama’s announcement to run for president on a frigid day in...
…less interesting as an account of the campaign…than as a thoughtful meditation on Mr. Obama's life and character. Mr. Wolffe's portrait is familiar in its essentials, depicting a candidate who is idealistic but pragmatic, highly disciplined as a thinker and steady…At the same time this smart, sympathetic book does a nimble job of amplifying the self-portrait laid out in Mr. Obama's 1995 memoir, Dreams From My Father, connecting emotional dots outlined there, while underscoring what Mr. Wolffe sees as the fundamental themes in the president's life: the emergence of his political philosophy from his own efforts to come to terms with his multiracial inheritance, and the impact that growing up abroad had on his view of America and its place in the world.