Obamanos: The Birth of a New Political Era
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Obamanos: The Birth of a New Political Era

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The most critical election in living memory, viewed in real time through the eyes of one of our most trusted political commentators.
Celebrated political analyst for The New Yorker Hendrik Hertzberg watches the long presidential campaign of 2007 and 2008 as it unfolds to reveal the transformation of the Democratic Party, the meteoric rise of Barack Obama, and other seismi...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published October 29th 2009 by Penguin Books (first published 2009)
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John Watson
I couldn't even read past the introduction. The amount of liberal ideology that is spouted from this "book" is enough to have even the most liberal moderate in a dry heaving fit. The poor writing didn't help at all either.
Although this was a good book and I enjoyed reading it, I am not sure I would recommend purchasing it to others. Mr. Hertzberg has essentially compiled already published essays he wrote between 2004 and 2008 and packaged them in book form. If someone is interested in reading Mr. Hertzberg's writing (which is excellent) from this time period, I suggest searching the Internet or locating the printed version of his writing in a library in lieu of buying a book with the same material in it.
It's thoroughly enjoyable to retrieve Hertzberg's Comments from the archives of the New Yorker. His portrait of Bush's departure and the rise of Barack Obama consistently delivers something more than "knee-jerk liberal" commentary on the nature of our times.
Kind of hit or miss for the first 1/3 or so of the book but the essays about the period when the election was down to just 3 or 4 candidates were very entertaining and insightful. I quite enjoyed most of it.
Chris Freud
A great reminder of of Hertzberg's talent. Quite prescient.
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