An inspiring story of a modern American icon, here is the first comprehensive account of the life and times of Michelle Obama. With disciplined reporting and a storyteller's eye for revealing detail, Peter Slevin follows Michelle to the White House from her working-class childhood on Chicago's largely segregated South Side. He illuminates her tribulations at Princeton University and Harvard Law School during the racially charged 1980s and the dilemmas she faced in Chicago while building a high-powered career, raising a family and helping a young community organizer named Barack Obama become president of the United States. From the lessons she learned in Chicago to the messages she shares as one of the most recognizable women in the world, the story of this First Lady is the story of America. Michelle Obama: A Life is a fresh and compelling view of a woman of unique achievement and purpose.
' Finalist for the 2015 PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography
Named one of the 10 best biographies of 2014-15 by Booklist"Journalist Slevin explores Michelle Obama's family history, struggle to rise above racial limitations, marriage, and close friendships as he traces her path to the White House to become an accomplished First Lady who has changed the trajectory of American history."-booklistonline.com"No first lady in American history has been at once so popular, pervasive, and yet so hard to know as Michelle Obama. Now Peter Slevin has gone deep and wide to render the most ambitious and authoritative book about her yet. Richly reported, beautifully written, thoughtful in its judgments and revelatory in its details, Michelle Obama is a work that does justice to Michelle Obama in a fresh way."- John Heilemann, co-author of Game Change and Double Down"It's a challenge to tell the life story of a public figure, particularly a transformative one. But in Michelle Obama: A Life Peter Slevin is dogged in his reporting, nuanced in his storytelling and thoughtful in his analysis. He not only shows us who this historical first lady is, but how she came to be. In the process, he reveals much about our times and our culture."- Robin Givhan, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic for the Washington Post"Michelle Obama is one of the most famous women in the world and one of the least understood. Peter Slevin brings us an amazing, eye-opening biography that begins on Chicago's South Side and ends in the White House. Here, Michelle Obama comes alive, as a complex and inspiring woman whose dilemmas mirror America's own continuing struggle for racial equality. Completely convincing and gripping , Michelle Obama: A Life is a rich, powerful portrait at once revealing of Mrs. Obama and of ourselves as Americans."- Dexter Filkins, author of The Forever War"The life of Michelle Obama is a uniquely American story, and Peter Slevin tells it beautifully in this deft, revealing work. In sharing Michelle's extraordinary journey, Slevin also paints a rich picture of Chicago's South Side during the past century and the family and forces that helped shape this exceptional woman."- David Axelrod, former Senior Advisor to the President, director of the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago"Thoughtful... Ripe with revelations about her deeply complicated relationship with her own position as an Ivy League- educated black woman... Richly rendered context for Mr. Obama's 2008 campaign, when Mrs. Obama suddenly became a litmus test." - Amy Chozick , New York Times Book Review"The Michelle who emerges fully understands the transformative value of being an African-American First Lady." - T he New Yorker"Must-read...An important new biography...Political journalist Peter Slevin, who covered the Obamas for a decade, has written a literate, deeply reported portrait of the First Lady... Slevin treats her and her accomplishments with the detail and nuance they deserve." - Elle Magazine"Slevin, a former reporter for The Washington Post, goes to great lengths to depict the first lady's 1960s and 1970s upbringing in a racially divided Chicago, often hostile to African-Americans. He also presents the humble - and driven, artistic and outspoken - relatives who shaped her... Such glimpses into the first lady's early life are found throughout this meticulously researched biography...Slevin pulls back the curtain of her White House life."- Katherine Skiba, Chicago Tribune"Slevin's work is detailed and absorbing; his careful research presents the most comprehensive portrait of Obama to date. Though analytical, the work is never dry and includes many anecdotes that bring a storied public figure to life....While other books have probed race issues, Slevin's work enables the reader to appreciate the sweep of the pre- and post-civil rights