Sunday, July 31, 2011

Obama: The Historic Election of America's 44th President by Agnieska Biskup and Seitu Hayden

In 2004, Barack Obama captured national attention when he spoke at the Democratic National Convention. In 2008, he appeared at the DNC again - this time to accept the party's nomination for their presidential candidate. Where did Barack Obama come from, and how did he rise to this important position? Find out all of the details in this book that captures all of the exciting moments from the 2008 presidential race.

In many ways it feels like we just had the 2008 election, but the 2012 election is already gearing up, and there have been lots of other books written about Barack Obama. I enjoyed this book; it was detailed but kept the story moving well. I think the graphic novel/comic style is appealing and a fitting way to tell the story of a presidential race that was dominated by images. The book is pretty fairly balanced and in my opinion doesn't take cheap shots at any of the other politicians who are also featured in its pages (at the end of the book I see there is a Sarah Palin book listed; I'd like to read that one as well). The back of the book also has a glossary of terms and books and websites for further reading.

I read an advanced copy from NetGalley provided by Capstone Publishing. It's official publication date is August 1, 2011.

Find it at Amazon.

Read it with:
Of Thee I Sing by Barack Obama
Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope by Nikki Grimes
Yes We Can: A Biography of President Barack Obama by Garen Eileen Thomas
Hope! by Eric Stevens
Malia and Sasha Obama by Jennifer M. Besel

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