Thursday, November 12, 2009

Renegade: The Making of a President by Richard Wolffe

Some people might think being called a renegade is a bad thing. Richard Wolffe describes President Obama this way and it turns out to be a good thing.

With Renegade, Wolffe describes the ups and downs of a presidential campaign from behind the scenes.

Like all the other political behind-the-scenes books, Wolffe builds a narrative using his interviews with the candidate, with the hard workers driving the campaign, and his own observations.

You will read how the team felt after winning Iowa and turning around to lose New Hampshire.

The writing is not above the bias. You can tell Wolffe is a fan and support of the President. And that is okay. Too many people complained that this book put President Obama in too good of a light.

I find nothing wrong with an author writing mostly positive things about the candidate he's following. This is his book.

A negative against this books is the lack of pictures. Most political books have a section in the middle with glossy photos from the experience. This one does not. (But how minor is that?)

A second negative is the structure of this book. Wolffe jumps from the announcement speech to winning of the general election and back again with ease while leaving the reader jet lagged.

I'm sure there are better behind-the-scenes campaign books out there. Take your time to find them.

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