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Obama Biographer
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How I Confronted
Obama Biographer
David Maraniss

American Thinker, by John Drew

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Posted By:magnante, 11/3/2012 9:30:50 AM

I pushed the envelope of citizen-journalism a little further this week by introducing myself to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Maraniss. According to Maraniss, his research for Barack Obama: The Story took him to Hawaii, Indonesia, and Kenya. Unfortunately, he did not have the time to Google search me or review any of the five books, multiple blog posts, YouTube videos, or hundreds of websites that feature my take on young Obama's ideological extremism. Ironically, Maraniss got awfully close to confirming the details of my 1980 Christmas break debate with young Obama

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: JoniTx, 11/3/2012 9:37:47 AM     (No. 8984509)

Very interesting read. Highly recommend.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Tucker, 11/3/2012 9:43:32 AM     (No. 8984528)

Today, and maybe before, biographers have a story they want to tell and then print what they want to fit the narrative.
I don't find David Maraniss a credible writer.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Flyright, 11/3/2012 10:00:54 AM     (No. 8984548)

Total sales of Maraness' book to date come to approx.
16,000 copies. It's a flop.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: The Slammer, 11/3/2012 10:28:50 AM     (No. 8984574)

David Maraniss is actually a very good author, depending on the subject matter. I certainly don't agree with him politically most of the time, but his biography on Roberto Clemente is probably one of the best biographies ever written.

I'll give credit where credit is due. Maraniss is an excellent writer. What he writes about, however, isn't always on the mark.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: slab, 11/3/2012 10:34:35 AM     (No. 8984586)

Ranked 14,474 on Amazon this morning. Considering all the hype it got, that's not very good.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: StormCnter, 11/3/2012 10:53:52 AM     (No. 8984640)

His book on Bill Clinton was a winner. I enjoyed it very much. "First in His Class".

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Reply 7 - Posted by: M2, 11/3/2012 11:09:14 AM     (No. 8984685)

Drew doesn't come off that well here, even though he does have a story to tell. He comes off as the kind of person who's stopped for speeding and says, "Don't you know who I am?"

Maraniss may be a toad, but Drew needs to get off his mirror.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: lakerman1, 11/3/2012 11:22:36 AM     (No. 8984730)

Maraniss is to presidential biographers as Professor Mann is to global warming.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: dolphin, 11/3/2012 11:41:13 AM     (No. 8984780)

In other words Maraniss is saying: You're entitled to your own opinion, but you're only entitled to facts that fit the narrative. So shut up and go away.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: vwlarry, 11/3/2012 12:32:20 PM     (No. 8984926)

"Buy the book and get a free cellphone!" This might bump it up to #12,000 on the list, maybe. Maybe not, though. Those folks don't read very much, or very well.

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