Obamanos: The Birth of a New Political Era

Version: Unabridged
Author: Hendrik Hertzberg
Narrator: Napoleon Hill , Clint Hill
Genres: North America, Public Policy
Publisher: Tantor Media
Published In: November 2009
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 11 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

Hendrik Hertzberg, celebrated political analyst for the New Yorker, watches the long presidential campaign of 2007 and 2008 as it unfolds to reveal the transformation of the Democratic Party, the meteoric rise of Barack Obama, and other seismic shifts in our national political consciousness. Hertzberg wrote about the events that culminated in the victory of Barack Obama in two venues, one Olympian and one immediate: his 'Comments' for 'The Talk of the Town' and the informal blog he began keeping on the magazine's Web site fifteen months before the election. ¡Obámanos! is adapted from both and framed by a new introductory essay.

¡Obámanos! shares the context needed to truly understand the events of the general election-the first in more than half a century in which no incumbent president or vice president was on the ballot-by first examining Bush's second term and the primary campaign. Hertzberg follows the central political players and rising stars while also looking at the issues that emerged as critical during the debates, such as health care, the war in Iraq, and our economic crisis. Through his documentation and analysis of the campaign's defining moments, we come to understand the current political landscape in a whole new way.

Hertzberg's voice combines sharp observation, historical perspective, analytic power, and often funny polemic. He brings all these qualities to his chronicle of one of the most intense, exciting, and surprising campaigns in the nation's history, sharing how most Americans-including the New Yorker editors-came to identify a junior senator from Illinois as 'a leader temperamentally, intellectually, and emotionally attuned to the complexities of our troubled globe.' ¡Obámanos! heralds a new chapter in American politics.

Author Details

Author Details

Hertzberg, Hendrik

HENDRIK HERTZBERG, a senior associate of the Joan Shorenstein Barone Center, covered the 1988 election campaign for The New Republic, where he was editor from 1981 until 1985. He was chief White House speechwriter under President Carter and is a former staff writer for The New Yorker.