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09/15/2008 Archived Entry: "Book Review: Barack Obama for Beginners"

Barack Obama for Beginners: An Essential Guide
Written by Bob Neer
Illustrated by Joe Lee
Published by For Beginners Imprint of Steerforth Press
ISBN-10: 1934389382
ISBN-13: 9781934389386

Review by Linda Yau

In a nutshell, Barack Obama for Beginners is a easy to read biographical account/comic book of this year's Democratic President candidate. Many voters, may not be aware of the man who they possibly vote for, so this is a guide that condenses the entire personal and political history of Barack Obama. Illustrated with cartoon images, the book delivers a amusing and succinct representation of the candidate, with web references at the back of the book for more information. The book ensures that it would be a short read, for an afternoon or a commute, which it was.

I don't want to rehash the plot of Barack's life, since it is public knowledge all ready. The man's referenced more than enough times with his two publications or speeches, and mass media has revealed what there is to reveal. If there is any dirty laundry, like John Edwards - then it will either be a) revealed like Bill Clinton's scandal, b) taken to the grave, c) or ignored as with the current president. Why they don't impeach him for what he's done to the country makes me so pissed off! (Forgive me bringing personal opinion into review, but it's difficult to stay neutral with politics involved).

I received this book as a review copy at the Brooklyn Book Festival, and while I am apathetic to the upcoming elections. I realized that, as a voter - all the facts I know about Obama is from local newspaper headlines, so this is a book that would definitely be useful as a quick dossier to the life of Obama. The man may become the 44th president of the United States; however, it would have been nice to know what positions or issues the candidate supports, and is running on. On the back cover, it was mentioned that the book was meant to have a neutral point of view, but given the volatile position of Obama at this time, I did not feel that this publication gave a neutral position, and was propagandistic in pointing out superficial facts of the candidates ie: putting down the actions of other people, and elevating Obama's actions. Readers for this book may already have a preconceived notion of Obama, but anyone who would like to learn more about the man should pick up this book.

The book has a website, that is devoted to more information about the book.

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