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Barack Obama: De kandidaat - Van Outsider tot President

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  1,991 ratings  ·  117 reviews
Written by British political reporter Richard Wolffe, Renegade is an election epic as well as an insightful biography of the new President of the United States. During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama told Wolffe that, 'You'll get more access than anyone else', resulting in a riveting first-hand account of the 21-month journey from candidate to president. Wolffe cov ...more
Hardcover, 462 pages
Published 2010 by De Morgen (first published January 1st 2009)
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Bettie
Jun 12, 2017 marked it as wish-list  ·  review of another edition


I will be all over the graphic version when it comes out.
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Anna
Jun 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I cried reading this the first time - at work - and I cried rereading it now. It's a little fawning over Obama but...it works for me. This will sound cheesy but I'll read the part about election day a lot, because I never want to forget that day, or that moment. I think it will be one of those days, like when JFK was assassinated, or 9/11, when people ask each other for the rest of their lives where they were at that moment. I'll always remember and I like to read about that moment from Obama's ...more
Laura
Jun 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of all the self-styled pundits on television, Richard Wolffe is the smartest, most low-key, and circumspect. Come to think of it, he is the ONLY smart, low key and circumspect teevee talking head. That's why when I heard he'd written a book about Obama, I had to read it, immediately.
Glad I did, too.
In addition to the fact that he had direct and frequent access to Obama throughout the campaign and after (which means, of course, that he has lots of inside stuff to tell us), he weaves various time
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Chris Ziesler
On the face of it Renegade tells the story of the Obama campaign for the primaries and the historic Presidential Election of 2008. This in itself is a story worth telling. In fact it presents a much more profound and interesting story than merely providing us with another campaign account. Wolffe was granted unrivaled access to the Obama campaign. He used that access wisely and well. Wolffe, with his journalist's eye for detail and his sharp ear for the telling phrase, narrates his way through t ...more
Gerry Sacco
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed this book. It read as a very fair, and accurate portrayal not just of a once in a lifetime campaign, but also on a once in a lifetime president.

I’ve always been a Barack Obama supporter, my mom was much later on, as she was a Hillary supporter. But we both have a great adoration for the man now. From saving the economy, to helping push marriage equality, to giving millions, including my mom, the right to healthcare, he has achieved many great things. But, to get there, he ne
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Jana Perskie
On March 18, 2008, presidential candidate Barak H. Obama spoke to the American people from Philadelphia. He addressed race in a manner that has rarely been discussed in a public forum before. But Barak Obama was a historical candidate running for the presidency of the United States of America in extraordinary times. And he spoke as someone from both inside and outside the African American experience.

Two days after this address, he approached award-winning journalist Richard Wolffe, who had been
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Anthony
This book tells the story of a freshman senator with a funny name, and no money, and how he overcame insurmountable odds, hurdles, and obstacles to make a successful run for the presidency of the United States. Given the code name: Renegade by his secret service team, Barack Hussein Obama provides a series of exclusive interviews while on the campaign trail an up-close, ground level look into who he is in the public eye and during his private moments.
Brian Ayres
Jul 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must admit that I voted and support Barack Obama, which might cloud the issue of why I read and enjoyed Richard Wolffe's analysis of his rise to power. However, Wolffe's book, while a touch long, is well-written and well-sourced and is not simply a blow-by-blow account of the 2008 primary and general election campaigns. Wolffe does steal a lot from Obama's two books, particularly Dreams from My Father, his autobiographical struggles with his racial identity. Wolffe uses Obama's words and exper ...more
Gary Charles
Renegade
This book is interesting because it actually put you in the shoes of the president, through everything. The pressure, the elections and the life as president. This book is detail in how things works in the white house. In this book there is only one main person I whould like to be and that is barrack Obama. Because it is a bibliography on one specific person it is hard to choose. When I read this book I felt somewhat inspired to try my best because reading this book makes you realize tha
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Miranda
Nov 15, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing. I was expecting mostly a descriptive, behind the scenes narrative of the campaign. What I got was more of an argument, and a pretty oppressive one at that, for why President Obama is so awesome. A subset of that argument is most definitely how awful all the other options were (Clinton, McCain, former President Bush). It's fine to provide nuance or correct some misstatement propagated by Obama's opponents, but this was invariably followed by a dig at the aforementioned other option ...more
Irfan
Jan 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: advisory
This book is about a hero and his dream to make the best of his abilities. That hero is a hero of Americans and foreigners all around and certainly my hero. That person is Barack Obama. Richard Wolffe explains Obama and his dream in such an impressive way that it makes an Obama hater stop and admire a man as brave as him.
I have always said to people all around that we are a point in our lives that history is being made in front of us. RENEGADE is the untold story of a poor person and his struggl
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Stephanie
Jun 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
I love Richard Wolffe. He and Keith have kept me nodding in agreement for years, it seems, and as soon as Keith mentioned this book, I knew I had to request it. It did occur to me that there is part of me that LIKES having Obama on a pedestal, because generally once I realize someone is flawed and human, it detracts a bit from my positive vibe, but in this case, reading the more human side of Obama than that carefully served up by the media and seeing behind some of the events I watched so close ...more
Perkimom
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Lord knows, I'm a huge fan, but while I learned new things here and there it was a struggle to finish and I'm headed to a trashy chick-lit novel as a reward. ...more
Ruth
Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Where Game Change was a sprawling, often second-hand, account of all the major 2008 candidates, with Renegade, Wolffe provides the only total-access, first hand account of the Obama campaign. To my knowledge, no reporter during the election was a close to Obama as he was, as evidenced by the many conversations with the candidate/president that were quite candid, personal and detailed. While Wolffe's presentation can at times feel biased towards the Obama camp and so immersed in their campaign th ...more
Patrick Hanlon
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting to see an outsider suggest that Obama was more self-directed than he professed in his memoirs and shocking to read of Hillary Clinton's wishes that Obama cover her 2008 campaign debts before dropping out of the Democratic primaries. A good look behind the curtain during the campaign. ...more
Glenn
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the book. It jumps though back and forth in time so some times I had to check the time frame I was reading about. Love following the journey.
John
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-library
A detailed step by step story of his campaign trail. Not what I was expecting.
Matt
Reading Richard Wolffe's Renegade in the context of the last four years, instead of less than a year after Barack Obama's 2008 victory, helps one realize how pragmatic the then junior of Illinois really was in his political thinking even as he challenged the establishment. Throughout the book, Wolffe threads the narrative of the nearly two-year campaign with Obama's biography and life experiences to help give an informed view of Barack Obama and how he used those experiences to shape his campaig ...more
Marti Lewis
Finished reading this on 4th of July. I respect Richard Wolffe highly for his writing and reporting. I was going to skip this book, since I don't need a rehash of the campaign so soon after it. Then I heard a radio interview that got me interested. Indeed, a lot of this is a rehash for me, but it has some interesting points that were new for me.

Wolffe explains how the slogan "Yes, we can" came into being after the Obama lost the New Hampshire primary to Hillary Clinton. His managers didn't want
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Fred Klein
This book was supposedly induced by Obama's suggestion that someone should write a book along the lines of Theodore White's "Making of the President" series (1960-1972, 1980). After White stopped writing his excellent series (picking it up one more time for the 1980 election), Jules Witcover and Jack Germond wrote their excellent presidential election series (1976 (Witcover alone for this one), 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992).

"Renegade" is not up to the standard of those books. For one thing, it only fo
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Carlos Smith
'Renegade' is marketed as the inside story behind the historic Obama campaign. I was excited to read it because I thought I would get some real dirt on all the candidates. Who's a bitch, and who's and even bigger bitch, right? Well sure, there was some of that. The tit for tat we all watched play out during Decision 2008 is replayed in good detail. We are also privy to specific incidences of childish behavior from John McCain, unexpected anger from VP Biden, and the full circle of emotions from ...more
Barron
Jul 01, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes, reading this book is like hearing Terry McAuliffe spin, if Terry was a spinner for the Obama campaign. Wolffe makes it his job to "debunk" even the most obviously true of the negative campaign narratives about Obama--witness his embarassing contention that "the media didn't get it" when Obama asked Iowa farmers if they'd seen the price of arugala at Whole Foods lately. It was "the pundits" (Newsweek writers excepted?) who were condescending to think that farmers didn't know what aruga ...more
Andrew
Sep 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 2008 presidential election was a longer test of the candidates and nominees than any previous election, a trend that is sure to be repeated for most foreseeable presidential campaigns to come. I was one of the many college students enthralled by all the attention both sides were getting, but was particularly interested in the Democratic ticket because I felt there was really no chance for a Republican to win (even though Sen. McCain put forth a great effort). This book takes the reader insid ...more
Erin
Jun 03, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the book, it gave good insight into what the first campaign was like. However, reading it 4 years later, it makes me wonder how much more I would have liked if I had read it sooner after the first win than the second win, due to the questions it raises on how things went the 2nd time around and how closely he was able to have a presidency that similar to what he ran on. (I know there is plenty out there on that topic, but I want to hear it from his thoughts/perspectives) I didn't follo ...more
Mike
Mar 14, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mike by: mikeduncanmba@yahoo.com
This is the second book that I've read on the 2008 presidential election, with the other being Game Change.

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This book focuses on Obama and is less sensational. The journalist who wrote the book had close access to Obama from the announcement of his campaign for president to his first days in the Oval office. If you want to find an intimate and nuanced portrait of Obama and his inner circle, this is an excellent book.

I thought the structure was interesting, in that it's not strictly i
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Paul Kearney
An insider's account from unknown to president. It's to the book's credit that Obama's future ineffectiveness in the Senate can be guessed at, When such pressure on one man is always felt. Consistent throughout the author state's his job was neither to raise him up nor tear him down. But this results in most things merely being hinted at, Which is unsatisfying when the problems are so glaring. Mainly winning on change then rehiring the same old faces that have been knocking around the halls of t ...more
Dawn
Jun 10, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like politics and/or President Obama
Recommended to Dawn by: NPR
Shelves: knowledge-nf, 2009
It was a really enjoyable read, but then I'm a fan of Barack Obama.
It is more investigative-based, but I still found it to be pretty pro-Obama. The author throws in a couple of jabs at Republicans and Hillary Clinton, though they are centered around how their campaign were run, and since they did lose, I guess he was right in his negativity.

The first chapters were interesting, because he wasn't really on my radar at the beginning of the election, so I liked seeing how it all started. The ending
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Micah Fretz
This book was written by Richard Wolffe a journalist that followed Obama throughout the 2008 campaign. Wolffe does an amazing job of putting you in shoes of a presidential candidate and the grueling campaign full of up and down, the traveling, the all nighters, and the over all emotional and physical stress that one would go through. I diffidently learned at lot more how Obama grassroots campaigns were organized and the tidal wave that followed.
I will have to admit I did not finish the book thou
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Warren
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Where Game Change was a sprawling, often second-hand, account of all the major 2008 candidates, with Renegade, Wolffe provides the only total-access, first hand account of the Obama campaign. To my knowledge, no reporter during the election was a close to Obama as he was, as evidenced by the many conversations with the candidate/president that were quite candid, personal and detailed. While Wolffe's presentation can at times feel biased towards the Obama camp and so immersed in their campaign th ...more
Joeji
Oct 02, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a field organizer on the ground for Obama, I was excited to pick up a book about the stories I missed (sometimes you're just more concerned with everything right in front of you). I did not learn anything new from Wolffe's book, except a few anecdotes that I enjoyed. The "Barack X" chapter was particularly well handled and really contextualized Obama's thought and practice concerning race and African-American identity in the US. This book was a bit simplistic, a little too glowing, some of th ...more
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