Barack Obama (DK Biography) by Stephen Krensky

By Stephen Krensky

Loaded with archival pictures and extraordinary evidence, the DK Biography sequence introduces younger readers to a few of history's best and influential characters. From his formative years in Hawaii and Indonesia, to his paintings as a group organizer in Chicago, to his first months within the Oval workplace, DK Biography: Barack Obama tells the tale of the forty fourth president of the USA.

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He had inherited a patchwork quilt of religion. His father had been raised a Muslim, his mother a Christian. But neither one had been religious as an adult. He remembered his mother’s tales of hypocritical church ladies who judged others while hiding their own family secrets, and seemingly pious men who were devout on Sundays but cheated employees and promoted racism the rest of the week. His mother’s decision to remain apart from churches had suited her particular sense of independence. But in Chicago, Barack saw how "MUHFME(BSEFOTQVCMJDIPVTJOH EFWFMPQNFOUXBTBGPDVTGPS a strong church created NVDIPG#BSBDLµTXPSLBTB a supportive network of DPNNVOJUZPSHBOJ[FSJO$IJDBHP (c) 2011 Dorling Kindersley.

S confidence, how strong-minded he was, at ease in almost every situation. He was very proud, perhaps too proud for his own good. And yet, without that pride, he could never have fueled the ambition to leave home and study abroad. His father’s past continued to occupy Barack’s thoughts as he pursued his major (political science with an emphasis (c) 2011 Dorling Kindersley. All Rights Reserved.  $ 0 . 6 / * 5 : 03("/*;&3 "DPNNVOJUZPSHBOJ[FSXPSLT GPSBOPOQSPGJUPSHBOJ[BUJPO
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In 1983 he was elected mayor of Chicago, thanks to strong support in the black community and a split in the white vote between current mayor Jane Byrne and Richard M. Daley, the son of a former mayor. (c) 2011 Dorling Kindersley. All Rights Reserved.  )BSPME8BTIJOHUPO DFOUFS UPPL was a job offer—one that was UIFPBUIPGPGGJDFBT$IJDBHPµT OENBZPSPO"QSJM
 too good to refuse. At the time of Barack’s arrival in Chicago, the city had recently elected its first black mayor, Harold Washington.

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