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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Barack Obama  

Pen Name: 

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Children;

Born: 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii

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Illinois Connection

President Obama moved to Chicago in 1985 to work as the director of the Developing Communities Project (DCP), a church-based community organization originally comprising eight Catholic parishes in Greater Roseland (Roseland, West Pullman, and Riverdale) on Chicago's far South Side. He worked there until May 1988 after which he entered Harvard Law School in late 1988. During his summers, he returned to Chicago where he worked as a summer associate at the law firms of Sidley & Austin in 1989 and Hopkins & Sutter in 1990. After graduating with magna cum laude with his JD from Harvard in 1991, he returned to Chicago. From 1992 to 2004, Obama served as a professor of constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School. From 1993 to 1996, he joined Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, a twelve-attorney law firm specializing in civil rights litigation and neighborhood economic development as an associate and then became counsel from 1996 to 2004. In 1996, Obama was elected to the 13th District of the Illinois Senate - which at that time, included Chicago South Side neighborhoods from Hyde Park-Kenwood south to South Shore and west to Chicago Lawn. He was reelected to the Illinois Senate in 1998 and again in 2002. Obama also served as a US Senator from January 4, 2005 to November 16, 2008 and continued to live in the south suburbs of Chicago during that time.

Biographical and Professional Information

Barack Obama served as the 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017. He was the first African American to be elected to the presidency.

A graduate from Harvard Law School in 1991, he served as the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. He also worked as a community organizer, civil rights attorney, and law professor.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
ISBN: 0307455874

Vintage. 2008

The Audacity of Hope is Barack Obama's call for a new kind of politics—a politics that builds upon those shared understandings that pull us together as Americans. Lucid in his vision of America's place in the world, refreshingly candid about his family life and his time in the Senate, Obama here sets out his political convictions and inspires us to trust in the dogged optimism that has long defined us and that is our best hope going forward.

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance (Random House Large Print)
ISBN: 0739328190

Random House Large Print. 2008

In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father—a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man—has been killed in a car accident. This sudden death inspires an emotional odyssey—first to a small town in Kansas, from which he retraces the migration of his mother’s family to Hawaii, and then to Kenya, where he meets the African side of his family, confronts the bitter truth of his father’s life, and at last reconciles his divided inheritance.

Pictured in lefthand photograph on cover: Habiba Akumu Hussein and Barack Obama, Sr. (President Obama's paternal grandmother and his father as a young boy). Pictured in righthand photograph on cover: Stanley Dunham and Ann Dunham (President Obama's maternal grandfather and his mother as a young girl).

Barack Obama in His Own Words
ISBN: 0786720573

Carroll & Graf. 2007

Since delivering his keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, Barack Obama has been hailed as the clear savior of not only the Democratic party, but of the integrity of American politics. Despite the fact that he burst onto the national scene seemingly overnight, his name recognition has grown by leaps and bounds ever since.

Barack Obama in His Own Words, a book of quotes from the Illinois Senator, allows those who aren't as familiar with his politics to learn quickly where he stands on abortion, religion, AIDS, his critics, foreign policy, Iraq, the War on Terror, unemployment, gay marriage, and a host of other important issues facing America and the world.

Barack Obama: What He Believes in - From His Own Works
ISBN: 1604501170

Arc Manor. 2008

We are all familiar with the phenomenon known as Barack Obama. However, many of us don't know what he has worked for while in the Senate-what sort of legislation has he, himself, sponsored or co-sponsored. This book provides an invaluable glimpse of what the Senator feels passionately about, listing and detailing all of the Senate Bills and Resolutions that Senator Barack Obama sponsored or co-sponsored during 2007, the first term of the 110th Congress.*****It also lists all the co-sponsors of these bills so you can see who he has worked with-which Democratic and Republican Senators he has reached out to for these legislative initiatives.*****Because of the complexity of some of the Bills and Resolutions, each of the pieces (with the exception of two) are accompanied by highlighted, official summaries of the legislation that clearly, in simple language, outlines the intent and impact of that Bill or Resolution.*****The legislation covered here encompasses a wide variety of subjects, including Iran and Iraq, US energy policy and health care.*****Take a look for yourself at what Senator Obama has done during the 110th Congress of the United States during 2007.

Barack Obama's Speech on Race: A More Perfect Union
ISBN: 9650060448

BN Publishing. 2008

Many commentators consider Senator Obama's speech a unique, even historic event, an exceptionally open discussion of the most sensitive subject in American politics and American civil society. Others have either condemned it or brushed it aside as a smokescreen by a master of rhetorical illusion.

We believe it is important to provide you, our readers, with the complete text so that you might better judge the discussion about this event. Interestingly, the full text of the speech has been the second most "emailed" item on the site of the New York Times in many months.

Read the speech that endeavors to shatter not only the barriers between men, nations and countries, young and old, rich and poor, but an address that is sure to breach the barriers of time and become a permanent fixture of American history, as it has already claimed near-instant fame.

In His Own Words: Barack Obama - The American Promise: 500+ Pages. The Speeches 2007 + 2008
ISBN: 1440423180

Createspace Independent Pub. 2008

Barack Obama elected 44th president of America, 'Change has come to America'. IN HIS OWN WORDS: BARACK OBAMA's SPEECHES 2007 + 2008. The American Promise. Compiled by Susan A. Jones.

Yes We Can! A Salute to Children from President Obama's Victory Speech (Rise and Shine)
ISBN: 0545163668

Orchard Books. 2009

A picture book salute to chidren featuring excerpts from President Obama's Victory Speech.

Beautiful photographs of children throughout the country accompany pictures of President Obama's monumental campaign and acceptance speech.

Our Enduring Spirit: President Barack Obama's First Words to America
ISBN: 0061834556

HarperCollins. 2009

A book for the ages, this is a stunningly illustrated picture book edition of President Barack Obama′s historic inagural address. Artist Greg Ruth interprets Obama′s address and places it in historical context for children. The book includes the entire text of this historic address in the backmatter, as well as a short biography of President Obama.

All ages

INSPIRE A NATION: Barack Obama's Most Electrifying Speeches from Day One of His Campaign Through His Inauguration (2009 edition)
ISBN: 0982100531

Publishing 180. 2009

INSPIRE A NATION: Barack Obama’s Most Electrifying Speeches from Day One of His Campaign Through His Inauguration (2009 edition) Here they are - Barack Obama's most inspirational speeches from his presidential campaign, Obama's election on November 4, 2009, as well as his transition and, all the way to Barack Obama's inauguration on January 20, 2009, collected in a single volume for you to treasure. Experience the excitement, word-for-word, with 23 of his most electrifying speeches and addresses including -- * Barack Obama's February 10, 2008 announcement of his candidacy for the Presidency given on the steps of the Old State Capitol in Illinois, where Abraham Lincoln did the same nearly 150 years earlier. * The speech that set the tone for his campaign, given the night Obama won the Iowa Caucuses and declared " this moment, we are ready to believe again." * His historic "race speech" where Obama shared his vision for "a more perfect union." * The last night of the democratic primary, when, after 54 contests, Barack Obama could say "I will be the Democratic nominee for President of the United States." * Obama's historic “A World that Stands as One” speech given to a crowd of more than 200,000 people in Berlin, Germany. * The American Promise” ­ his speech given at the closing of the Democratic National Convention. * Obama's final stump speech, the night before the November 4 election, when he reflected on his campaign, what it meant to him and what it meant to America. * His historic victory speech on November 4, 2008 when Barack Obama became the 44th President-Elect. * And, most importantly: Obama's monumental inaugural address he delivered after he was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States.

The Plan: Barack Obama's Promise to America and His Plan for the Economy, Iraq, Healthcare, and More
ISBN: 0982375646

Pacific Publishing Studio. 2009

This book explains in detail President Obama’s plan for America’s most pressing problems. It describes how Obama intends to re-position the United States as a leader and role model for the world. In the midst of one of the greatest challenges our country has faced, Obama lays out his vision and goals for putting America back on track. Among the topics are: Reviving the economy, reducing the deficit, leaving Iraq, Universal Healthcare, Stem Cell Research, Afghanistan, Iran and North Korea, energy independence, caring for our Veterans, improving education, Global Warming, Social Security, improving infrastructure, lowering taxes, and fighting terrorism.

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters
ISBN: 037583527X

Alfred A. Knopf. 2010

In this tender, beautiful letter to his daughters, President Barack Obama has written a moving tribute to thirteen groundbreaking Americans and the ideals that have shaped our nation. From the artistry of Georgia O'Keeffe, to the courage of Jackie Robinson, to the patriotism of George Washington, President Obama sees the traits of these heroes within his own children, and within all of America's children.

Breathtaking, evocative illustrations by award-winning artist Loren Long at once capture the personalities and achievements of these great Americans and the innocence and promise of childhood.

This beautiful book celebrates the characteristics that unite all Americans, from our nation's founders to generations to come. It is about the potential within each of us to pursue our dreams and forge our own paths. It is a treasure to cherish with your family forever.

Words That Changed A Nation: The Most Celebrated and Influential Speeches of Barack Obama
ISBN: 0982375654

Pacific Publishing Studio. 2012

“If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy—tonight is your answer.” Barack Obama Words That Changed a Nation is a concise collection of the eleven most significant speeches of Barack Obama—the words that defined his campaign, the words that made history, the words that inspired a nation.

Barack Obama Quotes: Barack Obama, quotes, quotations, famous quotes
ISBN: 1535078804

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2016


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A good compromise, a good piece of legislation, is like a good sentence or a good piece of music. Everybody can recognize it. They say, 'Huh. It works. It makes sense.'
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A mother deserves a day off to care for a sick child or sick parent without running into hardship - and you know what, a father does, too. It's time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a 'Mad Men' episode.
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After 2014, we will support a unified Afghanistan as it takes responsibility for its own future.
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After a century of striving, after a year of debate, after a historic vote, health care reform is no longer an unmet promise. It is the law of the land.
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Al Qaeda is still a threat. We cannot pretend somehow that because Barack Hussein Obama got elected as president, suddenly everything is going to be OK.
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The Inaugural Address of Barack Obama
ISBN: 1717319009

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2018

The first inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States took place on Tuesday, January 20, 2009. The inauguration, which set a record attendance for any event held in Washington, D.C., marked the commencement of the first four-year term of Barack Obama as President and Joe Biden as Vice President. Based on the combined attendance numbers, television viewership, and Internet traffic, it was among the most-observed events ever by the global audience.

The Farewell Addresses
ISBN: 1724289136

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2018

The final speeches of both First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama, together in this handsome new paperback edition. Both the President and the First Lady closed their eight years with remarks that were emblematic of their time in the White House--gracious, moving, insightful, and urging us all on to be the very best America has to offer.


Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters

  • Young Reader's Choice Awards Grades 3-5, Louisiana, 2013

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