• by Richard Wolffe
  • Narrated by Arthur Morey
  • 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Before the White House and Air Force One, before the TV ads and the enormous rallies, there was the real Barack Obama: a man wrestling with the momentous decision to run for the presidency, feeling torn about leaving behind a young family, and figuring out how to win the biggest prize in politics.This book is the previously untold and epic story of how a political newcomer with no money and an alien name grew into the world's most powerful leader. But it is also a uniquely intimate portrait of the person behind the iconic posters and the Secret Service code name Renegade.Drawing on a dozen unplugged interviews with the candidate and president, as well as 21 months covering his campaign as it traveled from coast to coast, Richard Wolffe answers the simple yet enduring question about Barack Obama: Who is he?Based on Wolffe's unprecedented access to Obama, Renegade reveals the making of a president, both on the campaign trail and before he ran for high office. It explains how the politician who emerged in an extraordinary election learned the personal and political skills to succeed during his youth and early career. With cool self-discipline, calculated risk taking, and simple storytelling, Obama developed the strategies he would need to survive the onslaught of the Clintons and John McCain, and build a multimillion-dollar machine to win a historic contest.Renegade is an essential guide to understanding President Barack Obama and his trusted inner circle of aides and friends. It is also a riveting and enlightening first draft of history and political psychology.


What the Critics Say

"The first of the President Obama books - and a good one - insightful, thorough, and straight." (Ben Bradlee, Washington Post)
"A superb achievement....Richard Wolffe's Renegade tells the hidden, dramatic story of the 2008 campaign and also reveals much we did not know about the 44th president's life before politics." (Michael Beschloss)
"I learned something new on practically every page." (Gwen Ifill)


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Insights into the greatest Presidential Campaign

Having followed the 2008 Presidential Campaign live, I found Renegade riveting from the first word to the last. The book provided depth, insight and perspective to the events of the prolonged 2008 campaign that I had superficially followed in the news and internet and TV. It brought back the excitement and competitiveness of the democratic nomination and the presidential campaign. The audio reader captivated my attention in revisiting the characters and plot for the run up to the presidency; Obama, Biden, Clinton, McCain, Palin and others. This audiobook Renegade has earned a favorite place on my iPod.
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- Carl

I Enjoyed Richard Wolffe's "Renegade"

Richard Wolffe's access to the Obama inner circle from the earliest days of the Iowa campaign combines with his great talent as a journalist and storyteller to make for a great read. His research and writing contributes to our knowledge of the new President in a very entertaining way. The narration was excellent as well. Good book, good production!
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- Mike

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-02-2009
  • Publisher: Random House Audio