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Alcove 4: Writing Obama

Published:   June 29, 2012
Writing about the life of the President of the United States can be a daunting task - just ask Robert Caro. The mission is even more complicated when the commander-in-chief is an esteemed author himself like President Barack Obama. But since Obama took office, a few masterful writers have successfully unearthed hidden stories from his past and present. Join the New America Foundation for a conversation with three authors who have helped reveal the real Barack Obama to the American public. David Maraniss, a Washington Post editor and author of Obama: The Story, Noam Scheiber, The New Republic senior editor and author of The Escape Artists and Jodi Kantor, New York Times correspondent and author of The Obamas will disclose the obstacles they faced - and the lessons they learned - as they told the story of the president and first family.