Hendrik Hertzberg: Obamanos



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Great nostalgia Well written articles surrounding Barack Obama s ise to the presidency Kind of hit or miss for the first 13 or so of the book but the essays about the period when the election was down to just 3 or 4 candidates wer. The most critical election in living memory viewed in eal time through the eyes of one of our most trusted political commentators Celebrated political analyst for The New Yorker Hendrik Hertzberg watches the long presidential campaign of 2007 and 2008 as it unfolds to eveal the transformation of the Democratic Party the meteoric ise of Barack Obama and other seismic shifts in our national political consciousness Hertbzerg wrote about the events that culminated in the victory of Barack Obama in two venues one Olympian and one immediate his Comments for The Talk of the Town and the informal blog he began keepi.

E very entertaining and insightful I uite enjoyed most of it It s thoroughly enjoyable to etrieve Hertzberg s Comments from the archives of the New Yorker His portrait of Bush s departure and the Reindeer and Caribou: Health and Disease rise of Barack Obama consistently Ng on the magazine's Web site fifteen months before the election OBMANOS is adapted from both and framed by a new introductory essay OBMANOS shares the context needed to truly understand the events of the general election the first in than a half century in which no incumbent president or vice president was on the ballot by first examining Bush's second term and the primary campaign Hertzberg follows the central political players andising stars while also looking at the issues that emerged as critical during the debates such as health care the Ira war and our economic crisis Through his documentation and anal.

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Elivers something than knee jerk liberal commentary on the nature of our times 11909 on Wash Post Excellent set of essays of the un up to the 2008 election by the terrific NYer writer HertbergAudio eader Dick Hill a bit annoying. Ysis of the campaign's defining moments we come to understand the current political landscape in a whole new way Hertzberg's voice combines sharp observation historical perspective analytic power and often funny polemic He brings all these ualities to his chronicle of one of the most intense exciting and surprising campaigns in the nation's history sharing how most Americans including The New Yorker editors came to identify a junior senator from Illinois as a leader temperamentally intellectually and emotionally attuned to the complexities of our troubled globe OBMANOS heralds a new chapter in American politics.