Author: Alan Kennedy-Shaffer
Title: The Obama Revolution
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Phoenix Books
Genre: Nonfiction; Political
The first book to be written by a campaign staffer and offering rare insider glimpses, The Obama Revolution explores how a generation of believers and the politics of hope won the presidency for Barack Obama and changed the world.
The Obama Revolution carefully examines what Obama plans to do as president, how Obama clinched the Democratic nomination and won the general election, and why Obama’s evocative rhetoric inspired millions of Americans to create a political revolution that toppled the status quo and changed the face of American politics forever.
Drawing on both first-hand campaign experience and scholarly analysis, the author delivers everything from personal stories of grass-roots organizing and grueling all-nighters to candid assessments of the Obama campaign’s strengths and weaknesses. Insightful and powerfully written The Obama Revolution offers an enlightening, annotated, documented overview of Obama’s path to the White House and what it means to every American.
Learn how Obama used policies of change, strategic vision, and the rhetoric of hope to transform the campaign into a political movement. Discover how field organizers (most under 30), using cell phones and the Internet, mobilized and energized a whole new generation of voters. Follow the author as he registers voters, spreads the word and is touched by the people he meets.
Anyone wondering whether America’s flame still burns brightly needs to read this book and be inspired by the hope, the promise, and the ardor of Barack Obama and “Generation Change”—the future of America—as they work hand-in-hand to fulfill the legacy of change that is the Obama Revolution.
Alan Kennedy-Shaffer served as a regional field director for Barack Obama and the Democratic Party in Virginia. Educated at Yale University and William & Mary Law School, Kennedy-Shaffer is the author of Denial and Deception: A Study of the Bush Administration’s Rhetorical Case for Invading Iraq. Kennedy-Shaffer’s writings have also appeared in The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Washington Post, the Patriot-News, the Daily Press, and the Virginia Gazette. Alan lives in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
You can visit Alan on the web at www.alankennedy-shaffer.com.
Tears of joy streamed down my face on Tuesday, November 4, 2008, when the television networks proclaimed Barack Hussein Obama the next president of the United States. Dazed after a long day of precinct visits with Democratic congressional candidate Bill Day, I stared at the screen and knew that the eighteen-hour days and the stressful phone calls had all been worth it. The work of my fellow campaigners in the Tidewater region of Virginia had paid off, and we were finally able to bask in the glory of knowing that we had contributed, in some small way, to the Obama Revolution.
Two weeks earlier, I had watched the 47-year-old Democratic senator from Illinois address a full house at the Richmond Coliseum, less than two blocks from where he launched his campaign in Virginia nearly two years ago with the endorsement of Governor Timothy M. Kaine.
Technicians had splashed “Change We Need” across electronic disply screens and dangled theater lights from the ceiling as an overflow crowd of 13,000 Virginians packed into bleacher seats to hear the Democratic presidential nominee talk about how his candidacy would change the future of the nation.