Barack Obama: A Life in American History, Hardcover/F. Erik Brooks
Description Barack Obama stated, "Our destiny is not written for us. It is written by us." Was the former president talking about himself and his rise to the American presidency? Can Obama's monumental political achievements be attributed simply to his writing his own destiny? On January 20, 2009, Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States, the first African American to be elected to this office. Former President Obama's politics of unity appealed to many segments of American society. When Obama became president, the United States faced challenges at home and abroad. Internationally, the country was stalled in two wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Domestically, the country faced a financial and banking crisis, and poverty was on the rise. Undaunted by these colossal challenges, former President Obama noted, "We did not come to fear the future. We came to shape it." Barack Obama: A Life in American History discusses the life of Barack Obama chronologically and discusses his post-presidential life. Readers of all levels with an interest in Barack Obama, politics, political parties, political ideology, presidential elections, government, and the U. S. presidency will find this book compelling. About the Author F. Erik Brooks is Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Director of Whitney Young Honors Collegium at Kentucky State University. Ma Cherie M. Placide is associate professor of political science at Western Illinois University.