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Codename: Renegade : The Inside Account of How Obama Won the Biggest Prize in Politics

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Written by British political reporter Richard Wolffe, "Renegade" is an election epic as well as an insightful biography of the new President of the United States. During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama told Wolffe that, 'You'll get more access than anyone else', resulting in a riveting first-hand account of the 21-month journey from candidate to president. Wolffe covers the campaign in untold detail as well as revealing how Obama learned his personal and political skills in his youth and early career, which led him from his university lecturer's office in Iowa, to his nomination as the Democratic candidate, and finally to the Oval Office in Washington. Combining history, political psychology and biography, "Renegade" is an essential guide to understanding the president.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 131 x 198 x 23mm | 260g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753519798
  • 9780753519790
  • 949,076

About Richard Wolffe

British born Richard Wolffe was most recently Newsweek's senior White House correspondent. He covered the length of Barack Obama's presidential campaign, travelling with the candidate from his announcement through to Election Day, 21 months later and was granted Obama's first print interview inside the Oval Office. Prior to writing for Newsweek, Wolffe was a senior journalist at the Financial Times, working as its deputy bureau chief and US diplomatic correspondent in Washington, D.C. He is a political analyst for NBC, appears frequently on MSNBC, as well as on international media including the BBC and CBC.show more

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"Insightful ... a thoughtful meditation on Mr Obama's life and character" -- Michiko Kakutani New York Times "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] exclusive 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 "A fly's-eye view of one of the most thrilling political insurgencies in modern American history" Economist "The first of the President Obama books--and a good one--insightful, thorough and straight" -- Ben Bradlee, vice president at large of The Washington Postshow more

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"Insightful ... a thoughtful meditation on Mr Obama's life and character"show more

Back cover copy

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

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