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Rahul Gandhi has nervous unformed quality about him: Obama in his new book

This is the first of two volumes, it starts early in his life, charting his initial political campaigns, and ends with a meeting in Kentucky where he is introduced to the SEAL team

Barack Obama
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His focus is more political than personal, but when he does write about his family it is with a beauty close to nostalgia.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | NYT New Delhi
Barack Obama is as fine a writer as they come. It is not merely that this book avoids being ponderous, as might be expected, even forgiven, of a hefty memoir, but that it is nearly always pleasurable to read, sentence by sentence, the prose gorgeous in places, the detail granular and vivid. From Southeast Asia to a forgotten school in South Carolina, he evokes the sense of place with a light but sure hand. This is the first of two volumes, and it starts early in his life, charting his initial political campaigns, and ends with a meeting in Kentucky

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First Published: Nov 13 2020 | 9:44 AM IST

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