Edward McClelland, author of “Young Mr. Obama” @ Southfield Public Library, October 24

Edward “Ted” McClelland will be at the Southfield Public Library on Sunday, October 24 at 2:00 p.m. to speak about his new book, Young Mr. Obama: Chicago and the Making of a Black President. This event is co-sponsored by the Book Beat bookstore.  Please call 248-968-1190 for more information. The Southfield Library is located at 26300 Evergreen in Southfield, MI.  Books will be available for purchase at the event from Book Beat.

How the rough-and-tumble reality of Chicago taught a brilliant but callow young African-American politician the lessons that launched him on the road to history.

Barack Obama’s inspirational politics and personal mythology have overshadowed his fascinating history. Young Mr. Obama gives us the missing chapter, a portrait of the politician as a young leader, often too ambitious for his own good, but still equipped with a rare ability to inspire change. His route to the White House began on the streets of Chicago’s South Side.

Young Mr. Obama tells the real story of the first black president’s education in the capital of the African-American political community. Obama’s touch wasn’t always golden: the unflappable, charismatic leader we know today nearly derailed his political career with a disastrous run for Congress in 2000.

Obama learned from his mistakes, and rebuilt his public persona. Young Mr. Obama is a masterpiece of political reporting, peeling away the audacity, the t-shirts, and the inspiring speeches to craft a compelling and surpassingly readable account of how local politics shaped a national leader.

from the publisher

Ted McClelland is the author of Horseplayers: Life at the Track, a senior editor at Lake magazine, and a writer who has contributed to Chicago Reader, Chicago Tribune, Salon.com, Slate.com, and Utne Reader.

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