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Renegade by Richard Wolffe
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Oct 02, 2009

liked it

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 the language is chunky, and is a bit long-winded. The pace of each chapter is a bit tiresome: starts a moment, falls back into the past, discusses the issues, then brings you up to date. However, it was a good quick read and I enjoyed it as a way to look back at the campaign with a little distance. A kind of "best of" reel.

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