Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Book Giveaway: The American Journey of Barack Obama

Hachette Book Group has authorized me to give away 1 copy of this amazing from the editors of LIFE magazine.

And a reminder: I've got two other giveaways still open: One for Gods Behaving Badly. The second for Lost and Found. The deadlines for all three are the same--December 6--because NaNo and then a trip out of town are keeping me so busy I wanted to push back the drawing and notifying tasks to a less over-committed day.

The rules for a qualifying entry to this drawing are at the bottom of this post. Please read them carefully.

The American Journey of Barack Obama covers the candidate from his childhood and adolescence to his time as editor of The Harvard Law Review and his Chicago activist years, culminating with the excitement and fervor of the historic 2008 Democratic National Convention. The unfolding drama of Obama's life and political career is cinematic in scope, and never has it been presented so compellingly.

In addition to a powerful array of photographs that were taken by many of the country's greatest photographers (and some that were snapped, in the quiet moments, by Obama family members themselves), this book also includes a Foreword by Senator Edward M. Kennedy, an incisive narrative biography and original essays by some of our finest writers, including Gay Talese, Charles Johnson, Melissa Fay Greene, Andrei Codrescu, Fay Weldon, Richard Norton Smith, Bob Greene and several others. Many readers will find a new understanding of Obama. All readers will feel that they are bearing witness to a singular, undeniably American story.

I received my reviewer's copy a week ago and it truly is a spectacular book. The photos range from the typical family pictures from his and Michelle's childhood and courtship to those taken by professional photo journalists from the beginning of his political career in Illinois through to the 2008 Democratic Convention in Denver. The candid shots of Barack with friends and family are riveting.


  • Leave a comment in this post expressing your interest in entering the drawing.
  • Provide an @ by which I can contact you in case of a win. Either in your comment or in an email to me at joystory AT gmail DOT com If you email your @ be sure to connect it to your entry. If I do not receive an @ your entry will be disqualified.
  • If, in the case of a win, you would like me link to your blog in the winners announcement post, provide your URL in your comment or via email. This is not a requirement for entering nor do you have to have a blog yourself in order to enter.
  • If you blog about this giveaway, send me a link to the post and your name will be entered a second time.
  • Deadline for entering is NOON PST Saturday December 6, 2008. I will select the winner with a random number generator using www.random.org
  • Winner must provide a US or Canadian mailing address. No PO Boxes.

7 tell me a story:

Susan Helene Gottfried 11/19/2008 8:55 AM  

Hey, doll. No need to enter me. I'm just dropping in to say thanks for the mail and I've got this posted at Win a Book.

Now, go win NaNo for me! I'm too busy with the Demo Tapes to do it this year.

Anonymous,  11/19/2008 7:32 PM  

I just noticed your twitter post. I would love to have this copy from Life. Why? I remember my mother saving the Life and Look from the week JFK was assassinated and how important they were to me personally and I'd like to do the same for my yet to be born Grandchildren. How will they know how historic his election was if they can't read about in from the publications of the time? I'm a boomer from Scottsdale, AZ and a huge Clinton supporter who became a huge Obama supporter. edconsult@qwest.net
copperbird7 on Twitter.

Jamie 11/19/2008 10:08 PM  

love to have this book. enter me. jjhbeautiful at hotmail.com. thanks for the offer.

Anonymous,  11/20/2008 5:12 AM  

I am very interested in Barack Obama's life. Please enter me in the draw.

I can provide a US address in case I win. :-)

sandierpastures [at] yahoo dot com

Anonymous,  11/23/2008 4:16 AM  

I would love to win this book! I find Barak Obama to be very charismatic and a fascinating individual.

Thanks for having the contest! :)


a real librarian 11/25/2008 11:45 AM  

I would love to win this book! I find Barack Obama to be a very interesting man, and would love to learn more about his story. Thanks for the chance!


Crystal Adkins 11/27/2008 8:15 PM  

I would love to win, as to why... he's our new president and I really don't know that much about him so this would be great! Please do enter me :)

Thank you :)

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