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June 17, 2012


The Real Story of Barack Obama

Ben Smith says David Maraniss's new biography of Barack Obama is "the first sustained challenge to Obama's control over his own story, a firm and occasionally brutal debunking of Obama's bestselling 1995 memoir, Dreams from My Father."

"Maraniss's Barack Obama: The Story punctures two sets of falsehoods: The family tales Obama passed on, unknowing; and the stories Obama made up. The 672-page book closes before Obama enters law school, and Maraniss has promised another volume, but by its conclusion I counted 38 instances in which the biographer convincingly disputes significant elements of Obama's own story of his life and his family history."












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