WBEZ | Barack Obama: The Story http://www.wbez.org/tags/barack-obama-story Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en David Maraniss demystifies President Obama's early years in new biography http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/david-maraniss-demystifies-president-obamas-early-years-new-biography-100816 <p><div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/barack_obama_2011.png" style="width: 452px; height: 290px;" title="(Getty/file)" /></div><p>If nothing else, <a href="http://davidmaraniss.com/" target="_blank">David Maraniss</a> is thorough. But he and his new biography, <em>Barack Obama: The Story</em>, are so much more. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Clinton biographer poured four years of research, hundreds of interviews and his meticulous review of thousands of documents, letters and journals into a nearly 600-page, multigenerational portrait of the 44th president.</p></div><div>Despite its girth, the biography is incomplete: Maraniss begins decades before the president is born and ends before he enters Harvard Law School. But the buzz around the bio is that Maraniss&rsquo; account is more complete than the president&rsquo;s own, as told in his 2004 memoir, <em>Dreams of My Father</em>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Presidential biographies are nothing new; really, they&rsquo;re inevitable. The difference here is that Obama is a sitting president&mdash;running for reelection. As such, the book is fair game for fodder. Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh discussed Maraniss&#39; book on his show and said, &quot;He [Maraniss] thought he was writing an election-year Valentine for Obama.&quot; But instead, Limbaugh posited, Maraniss highlighted a flawed understanding of the president.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/uho0BvQYCIs" width="420"></iframe></p><p>Maraniss joins <em>Afternoon Shift</em> host Steve Edwards for an extended chat about the book. Maraniss will be signing copies of <em>Barack Obama: The Story</em> at the Harold Washington Library Center <a href="http://www.wbez.org/david-maraniss-100514" target="_blank">Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m</a>.</p></p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 15:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/david-maraniss-demystifies-president-obamas-early-years-new-biography-100816