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Relive the extraordinary Presidency of Barack Obama through White House photographer Pete Souza's behind-the-scenes images and stories--some published here for the first time--with a foreword from the President himself.
During Barack Obama's two terms, Pete Souza was with the President during more crucial moments than anyone else--and he photographed them all. Souza captured nearly two million photographs of President Obama, in moments highly classified and disarmingly candid.
Obama: An Intimate Portrait reproduces more than 300 of Souza's most iconic photographs with fine-art print quality in an oversize collectible format. Together they document the most consequential hours of the Presidency--including the historic image of President Obama and his advisors in the Situation Room during the bin Laden mission--alongside unguarded moments with the President's family, his encounters with children, interactions with world leaders and cultural figures, and more.
Souza's photographs, with the behind-the-scenes captions and stories that accompany them, communicate the pace and power of our nation's highest office. They also reveal the spirit of the extraordinary man who became our President. We see President Obama lead our nation through monumental challenges, comfort us in calamity and loss, share in hard-won victories, and set a singular example to "be kind and be useful," as he would instruct his daughters.
This book puts you in the White House with President Obama, and will be a treasured record of a landmark era in American history.
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Dreams from my Father
By Barack Obama
In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father—a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man—has been killed in a car accident. This sudden death inspires an emotional odyssey—first to a small town in Kansas, from which he retraces the migration of his mother’s family to Hawaii, and then to Kenya, where he meets the African side of his family, confronts the bitter truth of his father’s life, and at last reconciles his divided inheritance.
Obama: The Day the World Danced
By Jan Spivey Gilchrist
Autographed Copy! Jan Spivey Gilchrist creates a stunning picture book using poetic language and vibrant watercolors to depict what became one of America's most historic moments. Best friends, Breyna and Emily have always heard the grown-ups talk about the historic moments they witnessed in thier pasts. So when the girls hear about the possibility of history being made on November 4, 2008 they plan a special sleepover at Breyna's house. Breyna's parents and greanparents help to make the night memorable, "Grandpa popped popcorn that sounded like tiny crickets dancing, tap, tap, tap." The two girls hear the announcement of the First African American President of the United States of America. Children can document their November 4, 2008 evening on the last page of this book and keep, Obama: The Day the World Danced, as a family heirloom forever.
By Michelle Obama
In April 2009, First Lady Michelle Obama planted a kitchen garden on the White House’s South Lawn. As fresh vegetables, fruit, and herbs sprouted from the ground, this White House Kitchen Garden inspired a new conversation all across the country about the food we feed our families and the impact it has on the health and well-being of our children.
Now, in her first-ever book, American Grown, Mrs. Obama invites you inside the White House Kitchen Garden and shares its inspiring story, from the first planting to the latest harvest. Hear about her worries as a novice gardener – would the new plants even grow? Learn about her struggles and her joys as lettuce, corn, tomatoes, collards and kale, sweet potatoes and rhubarb flourished in the freshly tilled soil. Get an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at every season of the garden’s growth, with striking original photographs that bring its story to life.
Veggie Casserole: Kids cook the darndest things
by Kay Bolden
Inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama, the children of Warren-Sharpe Community Center planted an urban garden. Soon they were harvesting vegetables and cooking healthy meals for everyone on their block. In August, 2015 they would step onto the South Lawn of the White House, and see for themselves that dreams can come true. In a neighborhood with more guns than jobs, the Warren-Sharpe kids created a garden of hope. Veggie Casserole is the story of what they’ve learned -- about gardening and cooking, about reclaiming their community, and about building the future with their own hands. All proceeds from this book benefit youth and garden programs at Warren-Sharpe Community Center.
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Audacity of Hope
By Barack Obama
In July 2004, Barack Obama electrified the Democratic National Convention with an address that spoke to Americans across the political spectrum. One phrase in particular anchored itself in listeners’ minds, a reminder that for all the discord and struggle to be found in our history as a nation, we have always been guided by a dogged optimism in the future, or what Obama called “the audacity of hope.”
The Audacity of Hope is Barack Obama’s call for a different brand of politics—a politics for those weary of bitter partisanship and alienated by the “endless clash of armies” we see in congress and on the campaign trail; a politics rooted in the faith, inclusiveness, and nobility of spirit at the heart of “our improbable experiment in democracy.”
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Who am I? The Story of Barack Obama
By Phyllis Andrews
This book, used in more than 600 schools in the US, is a biography of Barack Obama for elementary school children. Using color photographs and text, it tells how Obama struggled to define himself as a black child in a white world. Starting with his birth to a white mother and a black Kenyan father, it follows the fascinating story from his early life in Hawaii to his move to Indonesia and the rich cultural differences he experienced there. Children will be intrigued by the way Obama dealt with his return to Hawaii at age ten as an outsider. They will learn how he managed to surmount many odds to become President of the United States. This is an inspirational story for children of all backgrounds. The color photographs of Obama as a child and throughout his life allow children to understand and identify with the 44th President. This book can be read by children as young as seven but is appreciated as a photo biography by children in the upper elementary grades.
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