This is the first inside story of Barack Obama's gripping journey from Democrat long shot to the Oval Office. British political reporter Richard Wolffe conducted over a dozen exclusive on-the-record interviews with Obama, as well as many off-the-record conversations as the campaign travelled from coast to coast. The result is Renegade: a gripping and insightful account of the astonishing events that led to Obama's historic victory in November 2008, as well as an exploration of his early years and career.
Renegade is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the events of an exceptional election that marked a political watershed and was celebrated around the globe. It's more relevant now than ever, as Obama's presidency continues to take shape. For anyone wanting to understand who Obama really is, or to second-guess Obama's tactics and next moves on the international stage, Renegade is the place to start.
'Wolffe's technique is to combine biography and reportage, to take milestones along the campaign trail and use them as portals into the character and make-up of the man behind the candidate ... An insider's tour of the travelling circus/endurance test that is the 21st-century American presidential race.' Observer
'Obama gave [Wolffe] excusive interviews and invited him into his inner circle to play basketball. The result, Renegade - Obama's secret service codename - is peppered with interviews with Obama's best friends and political accomplices, who were equally eager to help.' The Sunday Times
'Insightful ... a thoughtful meditation on Mr Obama's life and character' New York Timesshow more