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How I Finished Barack Obama’s Biography

After two and a half years of research and a year of writing, I could at last see how I might make it to the end of the manuscript that would become Barack Obama: The Story. On the morning of Sept. 14, 2011—a few days after interviewing...Show More Summary

Obama's Gettysburg Address?

Pulitzer-prize winning reporter David Maraniss, an associate editor at the Washington Post and the author of many books, among them Barack Obama: The Story and First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton, was impressed with the president’s speech last night. Show More Summary

A Tale of Two Biographies

Dave Weigel notes The Amateur by Ed Klein -- a controversial, anonymously-sourced attack on President Obama -- has sold 137,000 copies, while Barack Obama: The Story by David Maraniss -- which "cracked sources who'd never before talked about the president -- ex-girlfriends, pot-smoking buddies, roommates" -- has sold only 19,000.

Barack Obama’s Marxist Ghosts of Christmas Past

An eyewitness wonders: Why did David Maraniss’s Barack ObamaThe Story go murky on details of the future president's 1980 Northern California road trip?

David Maraniss on Writing Obama's 'Story'

"No life could have been more the product of randomness than that of Barack Obama," writes author David Maraniss. In his latest biography, "Barack Obama: The Story," Maraniss narrates a series of events in the president's family history -...

Smerconish's take on 'Barack Obama: The Story'

By Michael SmerconishFollow @smerconish Let me finish tonight with this.

Stephen Schlesinger: A Great Leader

2 years agoNews : Huffington Post

I hosted a luncheon last week for David Maraniss, author of the new book, "Barack Obama, The Story" at the Luncheon Society in New York...

Most of the Truth About Obama's Business International 'Embellishments' Was Out There -- In 2005

On Thursday, at the Washington Examiner, Byron York concentrated on Obama's clear antipathy towards business as described in David Maraniss's recent book about President Obama (Barack Obama: The Story) relating to Dear Leader's brief...Show More Summary

Limbaugh: Author ‘in Crisis’ Over New Book That ‘Pokes Holes’ in Obama’s Memoir

Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh said during his radio program on Wednesday that David Maraniss, the author of a book entitled "Barack Obama: the Story," is “in crisis” because “the right wing” is using his bo...

Limbaugh: Author 'in Crisis' Over New Book That 'Pokes Holes' in Obama's Memoir

Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh said during his radio program on Wednesday that David Maraniss, the author of a book entitled "Barack Obama: the Story," is “in crisis” because “the right wing” is using his book to point out...Show More Summary

Did Obama fabricate parts of his memoir?

Barack Obama, The Story — an extraordinarily detailed look at President Obama's early life by The Washington Post's David Maraniss — hit bookstores this week, and conservative critics say it's full of evidence that Obama fabricated important parts of his best-selling 1995 memoir, Dreams From My Father. Show More Summary

Video: Obama biographer analyzes the president

(CNN) – David Maraniss, who wrote the recently published Barack Obama biography, "Barack Obama: The Story," on Wednesday characterized the president's life as "an effort to avoid traps." "He had the trap of being born on an island further than any land mass in the world. He had the trap of being bi-racial, trying to [...]

Obama College Photo With ‘Choom Gang’ Pot Smoking Pals Revealed

Barack Obama: The Story” author David Maraniss unveiled a photo of the president posed with his “infamous pot-smoking” college pals known as the “Choom Gang,” according to CSPAN BookTV Sunday. Unlike former President Bill Clinton who once famously claimed he had tried marijuana but “didn’t inhale,” Obama publicly acknowledged his youthful indulgence with the organic herb. [...]Show More Summary

26 Random Things We Learned About President Obama From His New Biography

After much anticipation, David Maraniss's meticulously researched and excruciatingly detailed look at President Obama's early life, Barack Obama: The Story, hit bookshelves today. You're likely already familiar with some of its passages: Obama's relationship with his long-anonymous New York girlfriend, for example, or his inclusion in a group of stoner ... More »

Composite Characters Composed Out of Whole Cloth

Writing in The Weekly Standard, Andrew Ferguson draws attention to a little problem with President Obama elucidated by David Mariness’s mostly loving biography, Barack Obama: The Story, which was released today: The president is a committed fabul...

What Maraniss Obviously Missed

It's being called "the first sustained challenge to Obama's control over his own story," but David Maraniss's much discussed new book, Barack Obama, the Story is missing the boat on the biggest story of all.

David Maraniss on Barack Obama: The Story, Birthers, and Writing History in the Time of Twitter

Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist David Maraniss will release his tome Barack Obama: The Story tomorrow, but the book is already famous for its revelations about Barack the Boyfriend and Barack the Stoner, thanks to early excerpts. Maraniss isn't used to trading in such gossipy tidbits: His biographies of Bill Clinton and ... More »

Obama Gets the Caro Treatment

James Fallows reviews Barack Obama: The Story by David Maraniss and notes the author "applied a version of the Robert Caro treatment to a politician who, unlike Caro's Lyndon Johnson, is still in his functioning prime." "The book begins...Show More Summary

Open Thread: The First Obama Fabulist

More than likely, you've already heard about David Maraniss's new book Barack Obama: The Story and news reports that President Obama created a "composite" character of a girlfriend who actually never existed. It turns out, the fake girlfriend...Show More Summary

Book Reveals More on Obama's Teen Years

Eleven things you might not know about the young Obama: The Washington Post reports on some more highlights from David Maraniss's "Barack Obama: The Story" 'Black and white' twins celebrate 7th birthday: The headline-making little girls,...Show More Summary

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