|Published||May 9, 2017|
Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama is a 2017 biography of former President of the United States Barack Obama by American author and academic David Garrow. It is Garrow's fifth book.
Working on the book for nine years, Garrow interviewed Obama on several occasions for the book, though much of those conversations remain off the record.
The book was published by William Morrow on May 9, 2017 to mixed reviews. In The New York Times, Michiko Kakutani called the book "a dreary slog of a read: a bloated, tedious and — given its highly intemperate epilogue — ill-considered book that is in desperate need of editing, and way more exhausting than exhaustive." In Time, Sarah Begley said the book nevertheless did "contain intriguing insight into the growing pains of a 20-something who would go on to become the leader of the free world, most vividly in the form of letters he wrote to friends." The book also includes an unpublished 1991 essay co-written by Obama and law school classmate, economist Robert Fisher, arguing that black Americans should "shift away from rights rhetoric and towards the language of opportunity." The essay also mentioned businessman and future president Donald Trump; "I may not be Donald Trump now but just you wait; if I don’t make it, my children will."
Rising Star debuted at number 14 on the New York Times bestseller list for hardcover non-fiction.