New Yorker editor pens new Obama biography

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – A new biography of President Barack Obama based on conversations with him, his family and political rivals will hit bookstores in April, publisher Alfred A. Knopf said on Monday.

“The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Remnick, examines the president’s upbringing and political evolution, as well as the complex racial issues in America that led to his election, according to Knopf.

Remnick, editor of The New Yorker magazine, conducted hundreds of interviews with influential figures in Obama’s life and the book also includes correspondence by Obama and letters written by his late mother, Ann Dunham.

“The Bridge reveals not only his character, but also his trials, motivations, and perspectives in a way that a memoir, even a remarkable one, cannot,” Sonny Mehta, chairman of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, said in a statement.

Obama wrote two memoirs, “Dreams From My Father” and “The Audacity of Hope,” that both became best sellers.

“The Bridge” will be published in the United States on April 6. Knopf is an imprint of U.S. publisher Random House.

(Reporting by Christine Kearney, editing by Bob Tourtellotte and Eric Beech)

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