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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.

Selected Titles At Your Library

The audacity of hope :
ISBN: 0307455874. OCLC Number:

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Senator Obama calls for a different brand of politics--a politics for those weary of bitter partisanship and alienated by the "endless clash of armies" we see in Congress and on the campaign trail; a politics rooted in the faith, inclusiveness, and nobility of spirit at the heart of our democracy. He explores those forces--from the fear of losing, to the perpetual need to raise money, to the power of the media--that can stifle even the best-intentioned politician. He examines the growing economic insecurity of American families, the racial and religious tensions within the body politic, and the transnational threats--from terrorism to pandemic--that gather beyond our shores. And he grapples with the role that faith plays in a democracy. Only by returning to the principles that gave birth to our Constitution, he says, can Americans repair a broken political process, and restore to working order a government dangerously out of touch with millions of ordinary Americans.--From publisher description.

Dreams from my father :
ISBN: 0739328190. OCLC Number:

Crown Publishers,. New York :. [2007], ©2004.

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.

Barack Obama in his own words /
ISBN: 0786720573. OCLC Number:

Carroll & Graf,. New York :. ©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 :
ISBN: 1604501170. OCLC Number:

Arc Manor,. Rockville, MD :. 2008.

"Includes summary of each bill; names of senators who co-sponsored bills with him"--Cover.

Barack Obama's speech on race :
ISBN: 9650060448. OCLC Number:

BN Pub.,. [United States] :. ©2008.

In his own words :
ISBN: 1440423180. OCLC Number:

[CreateSpace],. [Scotts Valley, CA?] :. ©2008.

Yes we can! :
ISBN: 0545163668. OCLC Number:

Scholastic,. New York :. 2009.

Quotations drawn from Obama's victory speech, accompanied by photographs of the president-elect with children, encourage children to work with the government to make America a better country.

Our enduring spirit :
ISBN: 0061834556. OCLC Number:

Collins,. New York, NY :. ©2009.

An illustrated edition of President Barack Obama's inaugural address includes the address in its entirety.

Inspire a nation :
ISBN: 0982100531. OCLC Number:

Pub. 180,. [Los Angeles, Calif.] :. ©2009.

The plan :
ISBN: 0982375646. OCLC Number:

Beacon Hill/ Pacific Pub. Studio.,. [Seattle, Wash.?] :. ©2009.

Of thee I sing :
ISBN: 037583527X. OCLC Number:

Alfred A. Knopf,. New York :. ©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"--Jacket.

Words that changed a nation :
ISBN: 0982375654. OCLC Number:

Beacon Hills,. [Seattle, WA] :. ©2009.


Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters

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

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