Illinois General Assembly

Let's take a moment to remember Barack Obama

Let's take a moment to remember Barack Obama

Barack Obama’s arc to the White House was unusual – his parentage, his upbringing in Hawaii and Indonesia – before it became a more orthodox path through the Ivy League, Chicago community organizing, state politics and the U.S. Senate. It’s those early years that David J. Garrow undertook to discover in his book “Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama.” Garrow is a history professor and law scholar at the University of Pittsburgh who won the Pulitzer Prize 30 years ago for “Bearing the Cross,” his biography of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Over the course of nearly 10 years and nearly 1,500 pages, Garrow has turned his eye to the early life of the 44th president.

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