The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama

The next regular meeting of TransAfrica Forum’s Arthur R. Ashe, Jr. Foreign Policy Library Readers’ Corner will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2011 3:00 to 5:00 PM, featuring The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama, by David Remnick (2010, Knopf). For more information please contact Mwiza Munthali at

NOTE DAY AND VENUE CHANGE Venue: Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001, (Nearest Metro Station: Shaw-Howard U on the Green/Yellow Lines). 

Publisher's Description: In this nuanced and complex portrait of Barack Obama, Pulitzer Prize-winner David Remnick offers a thorough, intricate, and riveting account of the unique experiences that shaped our nation’s first African American president. Through extensive on-the-record interviews with friends and teachers, mentors and disparagers, family members and Obama himself, Remnick explores the elite institutions that first exposed Obama to social tensions, and the intellectual currents that contributed to his identity. Using America’s racial history as a backdrop for Obama’s own story, Remnick further reveals how an initially rootless and confused young man built on the experiences of an earlier generation of black leaders to become one of the central figures of our time. The book is available online from Teaching for Change Bookstore at Busboys and Poets or visit Teaching for Change Bookstore at Busboys and Poets at 2021 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC (two blocks from the Cardozo/U Street Metro). Contact: General Manager Don Allen 202.387.POET.