Ivan R. Dee
978-1-56663-778-7 • Hardback • October 2009 • $25.95 • (£19.99)
978-1-4617-3492-5 • eBook • October 2009 • $24.99 • (£18.99)
Charles M. Madigan, who spent many of his forty years in journalism writing about politics for UPI and the Chicago Tribune, is presidential writer in residence at Roosevelt University in Chicago. He recently edited –30–: The Collapse of the Great American Newspaper. He lives in Evanston, Illinois. For more information, see www.destinycallingbook.com.
Even Americans who can't stand politics were sorry to see Barrack Obama's victorious quest for the presidency come to an end in 2008. That man-whips-windmill saga provided a burst of positivism and energy in a bleak year of economic angst. The good news is that Charles M. Madigan has brought this story back to life—with value added in the form of color and insights honed by the author's more than four decades of covering presidential campaigns. Destiny Calling not only illuminates the history Obama's precedent-shattering run in 2008, it should also help guide us through his White House years that lie ahead before he takes another shot at making history in 2012.
— Robert Shogun, former national political correspondent, Los Angeles Times; author of No Sense of Decency: The Army-McCarthy Hearings
A wonderful trip through the 2008 presidential race (and the country) with the best possible tour guide. Charlie Madigan has been on those campaign buses, so he knows politics from the inside, but now he stays off them for the broader perspective. Insightful, original, readable as hell. What more could one want?
— Jon Margolis, Former chief political reporter for the Chicago Tribune and author of The Last Innocent Year: America in 1964
In a refreshing change, Charles Madigan gives us a unique look at a historic election in a book that focuses on the people who voted and why they made their choices. In contrast to the usual ‘back of the bus' political coverage, Madigan got off the bus and actually talked to people, giving us a rich, vivid portrait of an America and an election that too many political commentators ignored or barely covered. It is an arresting and captivating story delivered in a forceful narrative by a gifted writer.
— James O’Shea, James O’Shea, author, former managing editor of the Chicago Tribune, and former editor of the Los Angeles Times
A thoughtful look at the voters behind Obama's victory.