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date updated 06.08.2011
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Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots: How Barack Obama, Two Bookstore Owners, and 300 Volunteers Did It

John Presta

Michelle and John Presta were there at the beginning of the rise of Barack Obama. They were true grassroots organizers and this is their story.

 

Chicago community activists John Presta and his wife, Michelle, were running their small, popular, independent bookstore, Reading on Walden, when an Obama staff member asked them to help in his 2000 race for Congress. The Prestas had a strong reputation as "community influencers," Instantly impressed after meeting Obama, the Prestas came on board and stayed on board after his loss. An engaging, detailed, first person account of the Prestas' personal interactions with Obama and how they, together with Obama and his early campaign workers, slowly and steadily built a grassroots organization around a highly committed group of some 300 volunteers. The Prestas became known as "Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots" in the Obama campaign.

This book peels the layers off the early years of Obama's political career, detailing how he, with the help of individual grassroots and "netroots" organizers, built a successful campaign—despite the Chicago political machine—and won the 2004 Senate race.

The Senate victory propelled Barack Obama onto the national stage.

With great insight into a younger Barack Obama, "Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots" shows how change comes slowly, gradually, incrementally, and suddenly, and how one person or two can make a difference that changes the world.

 
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evermoore wrote 481 days ago

Smiles...What a great read! I love the up close and personal look at the President...his earlier years, shared as well. Such an exciting thing for you and the Mrs...to be chosen to help in his campaign. This is a great book for any family to have to pass down, allowing them to have a snapshot of our era. Six stars and a smile...

Linda
Children Walking with Jesus
and
Daniel Simmons Journey
(Both for children and based in faith...but should you find a wee bit of time to read either, I'd sure appreciate it)

Merry Christmas!

R.J. Blain wrote 576 days ago

Sorry that this took so long to get to, things have been beyond hectic for me IRL. I hope that you find my comments helpful. I’m only going to gloss over my thoughts on this project since it is already published, and most of my comments are for those wanting to improve their books in anticipation of publication.

General impressions:

I’m not inherently interested in politics, so I found it rather dry. There wasn’t anything in the opening sequence to really hook me in – while there were things I didn’t know about how Obama started his political career here, there also wasn’t anything that gripped me into reading more. I didn’t find the general style to engage me as much as I would like. It is possible this is entirely due to my lack of interest in politics. I found the section about the bookstore a little more interesting, but at the same time, I also didn’t feel any immediate connection or desire to want to learn more, either.

All in all, Chapter 1 didn’t hold me, and while there wasn’t anything wrong with it, I just wasn’t gripped by it.

My impressions of chapter 2 are very similar. There isn’t anything wrong with this book that I can tell, it just isn’t in my genre and it didn’t have the umph to hold my interest – but I’m probably as far outside of your target audience as possible, so I wouldn’t think too much on it.

Good luck with this project! I hope you’re able to make connections with those who are interested in this sort of book.

~RJ

Abby Vandiver wrote 579 days ago

This is an awesome book and I think that it will go far. I smiled all while I read it. It coins what we know of Barack Obama - he is a regular guy but filled with so much more. I give you six stars and will back it.

Abby

R. Dango wrote 599 days ago

This is a truly interesting book. I had never known how grassroots supporters worked, or how powerful ordinary people's voluntary activities moved regional election, and then the national election, and indirectly influenced the world politics.
I am a big fan of Obama (though unfortunately I have nothing to do with US election as I am not an American) but when I heard of his book Dreams from My Father, I automatically assumed that it was ghost-written for his presidential campaign, and thought I'd never read something like that. Now I've learned I was totally wrong, and that the book was written long time ago, even before he ran for regional politics, and that he had indeed written it by himself. And most of all, there were people who had noticed his potentiality - not just from his brilliance and charm, but also by his book.
This book isn't about Obama, or about how hard the grassroots people worked or what a great role they played in the historical victory or Obama. I think it is more about the dreams and hope those ordinary people held and committed, and finally achieved. This book made me realized that Obama, as brilliant as he is as a person, is also a symbol, and a product of the grassroots people's dreams. And of course, the timing and the luck smiled upon him and all those who entrusted their dreams to him.
I've only read the fraction of this book, and I will come back and read all 17 chapters uploaded, and when it get published (hopefully soon), I will definitely buy one copy for myself, and recommend it to my friends.

R. Dango wrote 625 days ago

This is superb! This is not what I thought it would be.
I particularly liked how you had 'believed in the book, independent of the man,' and at the same time, 'believed in the man', and could not separate the two. Coming from a book store owner, this is deep and thought provoking.
Until I read the opening chapter of this book, I'd never thought I would read a book written by a politician during his campaign, or an autobiography of someone in the white house (whether it was US President or a cook) under the age of 90. Now I think I am going to change my mind, and run to get The Dreams from My Fathers. And Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots, when it will be in the bookstores.
i'll be coming back later to read more.

Nepalwriter wrote 626 days ago

Fascinating. I've worked for Obama in Denver and have close friends who say they will leave the U.S. if he' s not elected. I'm going to send them to your book. I know they will devour it.

JerseyDevil wrote 655 days ago

A wonderful book. the book on Obama is yet to written, the best is yet to come?

Katie Ridley wrote 663 days ago

Hello, I really like the way you've written this, it's engaging and will always have an audience. I'm not sure if I like the beginning bit where you paraphrase Obama's speech, it felt slightly egotistical, but I understand that tone can be misconstrued through text. I don't think you need that part in the beginning because the book is good enough to speak for itself. I wish you luck. x
Katie Ridley.

Daniel Rider wrote 667 days ago

John Presta's book "Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots" should appeal to those interested in knowing more about President Obama, grassroots campaigns, and the power of bookstores in communities. As I'm interested in all three, I was looking forward to reading this particular book.

Personally, I found that this book had a lot of strengths, but that, in trying to balance between three particular areas (Obama the great man, how grassroots campaigns work, and a more personal memoir about bookstore ownership), the author diluted some of the power of his narrative. I'll look at the three particular areas presented and explain how I felt about them.

1) BARACK OBAMA
I imagine that more of Presta's relationship and personal dealings with Obama will show up later in the book as they begin to work together more. However, I have to say I was a little disappointed with the little bit of Obama I saw at the beginning. This is because, really, the first meeting between Presta and Obama is not very exciting. Obama doesn't say much but "nice to meet you," which does sound like exactly the right, most normal thing to say, but it didn't get me very excited. Presta tries to add a little sparkle to the meeting by describing how Obama reminds him of a young JFK, how Obama gives his full attention, and even how Presta himself "runs" across a room to meet Obama (the last bit seemed to be overkill a bit, as I wasn't sure what got him scurrying.) I wish there was more about how excited or impressed Presta was, or maybe even more about the Obama-Kennedy similarities. I was interested, but this didn't go very far. For a chapter that begins with the heady title "The first time ever I saw his face," I was expecting a much more exciting encounter, so I was a bit let down.

I also wasn't too taken with the introduction where Obama's speech is rewritten to talk about this book. It was clever, but a little too self-denigrating, I thought. I was interested in this book immediately from the title and subject matter; having the author go on about how people said it couldn't be published, therefore, dulled my enthusiasm for reading this.

2) GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGNS
This is interesting, particularly how Obama used bookstores to get his word out. I would look forward to knowing more about this. However, this is really the weakest part of this book, in my opinion. There tends to be a lot of name dropping fairly fast with some names (such as Brad Jonas) being mentioned more than once in different places. The idea is great, but I do wish the grassroots campaign angle of the book had been introduced more slowly and organically, telling events in the order they happened, rather than throwing in so much exposition at the beginning.

3) THE PERSONAL STORY
This is where Presta shines. Everything involving him, his wife Michelle, and their bookstore has my undivided attention. I love his description of the store itself, his conversation with a customer (although I'm not sure that one brief mention of "Marley and Me" deserves a footnote to itself), and especially the scene where Michelle dusts off their copies of "Dreams from My Father." This is great, a real success story, and I was delighted when things turned around and the books started flying off the shelf. In many ways, this story seems symbolic of the way many Americans got to know Obama; he seemed to come out of nowhere on the political scene to dominate very, very quickly. More than that, though, these scenes seem to show that the real warm, beating heart of this book lies not with the politician, but with the people who supported him, in particular here the Prestas, and that is a good thing.

All in all, I think the beginning of this book shows that there is a very interesting, human story to be told behind Barack Obama's success. Perhaps there is more of that in the chapters to come; I hope so. I just wish this opening could have been pared down a bit so as not to throw too much at the reader too fast. I want to know the Prestas' story, especially here at the outset. The politics could have had less of an emphasis, at least here at the beginning.

Daniel Rider
"Indian Summer"

Lena M. Pate wrote 667 days ago

What I find enjoyable about this book is it isn't really politically motivated, or even specific to Obama but it is more a story about a community of people, everyday people, and how they come together to make things happen giving it a humane touch. You are also very good at supporting your facts through documentation. It is an enjoyable and yet easy read that keeps the reader involved. I think you have a top seller here or as you called it, "a Hidden Gem".

patio wrote 682 days ago

I write to say I started reading Mr and Mrs Grassroot and loving it

Margaret0307 wrote 684 days ago

A fascinating read and so interesting to learn the true story of how one person can indeed change the world! And of course each of us can do that in either a small way or a big way! Your writing is very good indeed and full of detail. The only negative - at least for me - was that I did find the chapters rather long. However, that could well be my reading late at night rather than a fault with the book! I would have thought this would sell very well in America and your publisher obviously agrees!

Highly starred

Margaret
How do I know I know God?

CrazyChick wrote 684 days ago

Fascinating read, even for a Brit. I see you have a publisher, and I would have thought this will sell well in USA especially. Your enthusiasm comes through in your writing. On my shelf.

Camac wrote 688 days ago

Hi John,

Returning your read.

As someone who has a low opinion of most elected representatives and who has never voted, I am perhaps not an ideal person to review your work. I found it a pleasant read, brimming full of facts and names, all told in an enthusiastic manner. I wish you luck.

Camac Johnson
Hemingway Quest.

Emma B wrote 688 days ago

What a lifetime achievement! You enthusiasm for your man in the White House is obvious and touching.
Your first Chapters that i've read are well written and informative.
I particularly like your bookshop and how you feel when you sell not only a book but the beginnings of someones dream, or a life changing story.
Highly Starred and will back in a few days Emma :)

Brigitte_2 wrote 689 days ago

Hi John, just had enough time to read the prologue and the first chapter. Your writing is perfect from my perspective:) and so it should be. I enjoyed the first chapter and am going to read more once our extensive lawns are cut in France where I have to rely on public internet access for the time being.
5 stars from me for enjoying the read, on my WL and bookshelf as soon as I have had a reshuffle.
Brigite

Rob Lawrence wrote 691 days ago

Hi John,
Maybe, as a Brit, I am not the best person to be reviewing your book but then, if it is a piece of history, maybe I can be more objective. I lost the thread quite early on with the chronology which then made it a difficult read. You start and then you start again a year earlier. As with any story, could I respectfully suggest that you start at the beginning.
But the writing was good and, if it is a piece of history one is interested in, would be a good read. If one is ambivolent then I fear it would be a book which would gather dust on the bookshelf. From that point of view, it is almost impossible for a non-interested party to give a full review. However, I have given it high stars for, as I say, it is well written.

Shaun Holt wrote 692 days ago

Hi, John. I don't know where to begin, especially with a book that's already been published... There aren't really any grammatical errors, typos, or word choices to fix. So I can only focus more on the content of your book.

I think your book does a fabulous job of actually letting the reader get to know Obama on a personal level. I've never seen him in person (though I was outside the White House for the first time in my life when his helicopter happened to land on the East Lawn, or whatever they call it). But as I read chapter one, and your first meeting with Obama, it felt like I was there, meeting him too. Your story, being a memoirs of sorts, helps to connect the individual, who has perhaps never even met a lowly Congressman, with the President of the United States. We could feel, if only a fraction, of what it must've been like to meet him for the first time, to see his smile, and to get that first inkling that this man would go far in life... that you've just met someone who will make history and change the world.

It is a fabulous book, and it has my backing.

Shaun Holt
Waiting for the Rain / German Derelict / Columbian Death

Mr. Grassroots wrote 692 days ago

Will do! Thanks so much. John,

QUOTE] I hope you will trade reads with me. Your book is very well written. I will admit this, even though I come from the other side of the political spectrum. My opinion of the president does not interfere with rating this as a extremely well written book. Best of wishes and many stars. Crayton

ccbarmysgt wrote 692 days ago

I hope you will trade reads with me. Your book is very well written. I will admit this, even though I come from the other side of the political spectrum. My opinion of the president does not interfere with rating this as a extremely well written book. Best of wishes and many stars. Crayton

Maria44 wrote 692 days ago

Hello John

It is clear this story is close to your heart and you should be very proud. As it is a published work I took a peek on Amazon but drew a blank.

This type of book I would never personally buy as I read for escapism and politics does not do it for me. From what I read I saw praise for Obama being applied with a trowel. Nothing wrong with that, he is popular but I prefer a more balanced perspective.

I am not sure if it is a formatting issue but I did find some chapters repeated themselves and you mention the 400 square feet of selling space twice by my count.

Nevertheless I wish you all the very best with this.

Maria

Antonius Metalogos wrote 693 days ago

I have read the prologue and the beginning of your first chapter. I apologize for not reading more but perhaps I will when I can find more time.
As far as I have read, I get the impression that you are very proud of your personal connection to Mr. Barack Obama, as you should be. I also sense that you are proud of your small but very vital bookstore, again, as you should be. Finally, it is obvious that you and your wife operate as a team and that you value her and her contribution to your work and your life very much. In short, there is a very positive vibration coming from your writing and that is quite appealing. The content therefore, as far as I can see, is of the kind that I think many people will appreciate and find worthwhile. It is surely a story that needed to be told and I commend you on having the wit and courage and perseverance to create it and get it in front of the eyes of the world. Bravo!

I would like to turn to the writing itself now and I think you will see that I have a number of problems with it but please don't let that detract from the overall positive appraisal I have for your work. Also, I must apologize for making comments about your writing at this point when your book has already been published and, I assume, printed and sitting on some bookshelves somewhere. Perhaps the idea, "What's the point?" comes to mind in this situation but if I were to fail to comment on your writing, I would be failing to inform you of my impressions of something that is every bit as important as the content of your story.

To begin with, I noticed a number of problems in the prologue and I will attempt to point out a few here.
I think that the very first sentence, 'This book was a long, difficult road but it was a worthwhile journey,' is problematic. I know what you want to say but a book is not a road nor a journey. Perhaps a sentence like the following would be closer to what you really want to say, 'Writing this book took me down a long, difficult road but, ultimately, it proved to be a worthwhile journey."
The next sentence also present problems for me. I would replace the phrase '...,Barak Obama would have been nowhere.' with '..., Barak Obama would have gone nowhere.' or better, '...would have been a nobody.'
I have a problem with this sentence, that follows soon after the one above: Michelle and I were one of many, many people and one of many, many factors.
Two people cannot be 'one of many.' You would probably like to say, 'Michelle and I were amongst many, many
people and what we did together, just one of many, many factors.'
Again, in the following sentence, you write: We were just one element, but the most unlikely of all the stories...
I don't think that the word 'element' equates with the word 'story' in this setting. I guess this sentence would read better as: Ours was just one story along the way but, certainly, it will prove to be the most unlikely story of all that will be written...
Continuing on, this sentence also tripped me up: They said this day would never come that this book would be published.
The problem I have with this sentence is that it seems to want to read like this:
They said that this day would never come and that this book would never be published.
If you had used the phrase 'the day' instead of 'this day', your sentence would have flowed along with no problems for the reader to get hung up on.

Well, John, I think that you can see that I feel that your writing need quite a bit of editing. As the content is obviously something that many people will be interested in, polishing this book up with some vigorous editing would make it a very appealing read, to be sure.

Best wishes!



Rachael Cox wrote 697 days ago

A fascinating piece of writing and a very valuable and important historical account. I loved reading about your bookstore and the grass roots community participation. The details of events that lead to the campaign are very interesting and really give an insight into just how huge these processes are even before they reach our eyes and ears. I love the way you repeat the quote "Change comes slowly, gradually, incrementally and suddenly", its a brilliant sentiment and a good constant reminder. I found what I have read so far really fascinating and will read on. Definitely a place on my shelf for this great book very soon. Maximum stars for now!
Best of luck
Rachael
Dreamscape

Clare B wrote 698 days ago

What brilliant writing excellence, this is not my usual genre, I found myself intrigued wanting to read further. I feel as if I am intimately beginning to know the people in your book, I have a privileged insight to the political race for presidency. It makes me understand that anything and everything is possible. You have made this possible via your smooth writing style that is both pleasing and easy, a terrific storyteller propelling the reader into the very heart of your story. I am putting this book on my watchlist and will comment further. Well done.

I would appreciate you commenting on Be The Human Sunshine Blessings Clare :)

Mark5 wrote 699 days ago

This is an excellent piece of historical work and you are correct in thinking it is a story that many would enjoy reading. You have a very natural conversational style of writing which is easy on the eye and, although you sound like you have had problems attracting the big publishing houses, is a style that in my opinion is commercially viable. I very much enjoyed learning a little more about someone who, let’s face it, has become one of the most recognisable and powerful figures in world politics. Congratulations and good luck with your quest for the ED. I will be backing you once space appears on my bookshelf.

I have just revised my prologue, with your background in the industry I would really appreciate it if you could give it a quick once over. I need to know if it’s commercially viable or am I just banging my head against a brick wall.

I look forward to hearing from you.
Kind regards
Mark

SWORDMUZIC wrote 701 days ago

Hello John Presta,

I read the first chapter of you book yesterday .I need to read at least one more chapter.

I liked " And through the year 2001-2003 ,Michelle removed them ,dusted and put them back on the shelf" line of writing.
Also "WYSIWYG politician" ,"Change comes slowly,gradually,incrementally,..." were truly outstanding

It is all about the ability to see light at the end of the tunnel.Your conviction and trust in an individual's capability and integrity was indeed praiseworthy.
In fact, we at this part of the world never knew that Obama was such an awesome bibliophile.

Of course, we have heard of libraries playing the roles of cultural centers ,but, here, in your case , it is the book store that has turned into a a platform for political interaction and a campaigning machinery.
I wish you book and your store the very best.
Here is giving you 5 stars rating!
Please have a look at my book " CATACOMBS" .It is a fable from a different part of the word.
It won't steal much of your time.
Thx & Rgds
SWORDMUZIC

Isoje David wrote 702 days ago

seven stars for this.

Isoje David

Animals in Paradise

Isoje David wrote 702 days ago

I have not yet read the first chapter all, but i love what you did. I wish i have someone like you that can do this in Nigeria here. See i have given you six outstanding, i mean six stars.


Isoje David

Animals in Paradise

Laura Dennis wrote 702 days ago

What a great premise ... I will put on my watchlist to read and review ... You have a lot more experience than I, so I'd love to hear your thoughts on my memoir, Adopted Reality.

Thanks,
Laura

ErikahJayne wrote 702 days ago

Hi,
Thank you for your message. I did like the blurb and it did give me a very clear idea to what the book is about. Normally I would avoid these types of books but saying that I have read up to chapter 6 and plan to read the rest. I found that your book is very well written and I LOVE your description of your book shop, sounds like a lovely place to visit. Also I very much liked the way you made all the people in your book very personable and I feel that I know them.
Can't wait to read the rest.
Much loves Erikah Jayne. x

rutheb248 wrote 702 days ago

Hi John
Thanks for your message. I have to be totally honest that politics don't interest me to this degree and so a lot of this book will go over my head! However, I flicked through some chapters and I think you write very well and feel this book will appeal to a lot of people. Politics will always get people talking and strike up many a debate so no doubt this book will too!! Well done x

Karamak wrote 702 days ago

This is an interesting book it's not all about Politics and President Obama (who is mentioned in my book chapter 6) It is a truly inspirational read. If you want something that bad you just got to keep going for it! All the best Karen Faking it in France, hope you take a peep! x

Venenum wrote 703 days ago

Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots is an interesting and neatly fascinating read. I'm not too keen on autobiographies or biographies, but this one was able to draw me in and keep me gripped. This really gives revelation of our president and the person he is. There is great energy and verge in your writing that can draw even the cynics in and see that Barack is a pleasant individual. Thank you for introducing me to this story.

JC Whitfield-The Misery Jar

arab spring wrote 704 days ago

a tough fight coming

fatema wrote 710 days ago

Wow a lond detailed tale behind the presidential stance. If it is as good as Angela's Ashes, must read.
But yours is stunning with a lots of inside and outside, interesting stories.
Well writtien. Rated and backed from days before.

emeraldraj wrote 725 days ago

Dear authors,
I am from India and I am rather puzzled by the sudden rise of Obama to presidency. I am backing your book for the volumes of work done by you in this book.
In my book, "Within the next 10 years, all countries in the world will come under the rule of Angels Party.. For 100 most revolutionary novel ideas in Election Manifesto of Angels Party, read the two most important chapters: 10 and 11.for the rise of Angels and decline and fall of male empires!
Emerald
Third World War.

Tod Schneider wrote 740 days ago

This is a very interesting perspective, well written. I think politicos of all stripes would snap this up!
Nicely done!
Tod

Cara Gold wrote 745 days ago

Wow, John!

So I clicked into your book, to return the read as a 'thank you' for your support of mine. And wow, I must say, I am all the more honoured!

What a fascinating tale you have here. I need to read this slowly, so I can take it all in. I must say, the opening is extremely poignant with your paraphrasing of Obama's speech! And excellently done!

I look forward to reading on, and absorbing everything you have told here. Thank you so much for sharing :)

Cara

Tom Bye wrote 779 days ago

Hello John-
book- Mr and Mrs. Grassroots-

Just scan read the first ten chapters and really that is an injustice-
I will now go back in from time to time and read it slowly to digest all of the happenings ,as you play no small part in rise of Barak Obama to become what is and will be the greatest president in the U S A so far-
I have a gut feeling about this one-
It's a most informative and engrossing read and time and effort put into making this all happen-
It is a gem of a saga that will serve others who read it very well-

good luck with it , highly recommended
tom bye Dublin Ireland
ps we all enjoyed the Presidents visit to Ireland last year, as he himself did,
please glance at mine about a boy growing up in Dublin in the 40s thanks
book-from hugs to kisses-

UnK Nown wrote 789 days ago

keep pushing that rock up the hill. 2012 looking like a lot of fun.

UnK Nown wrote 789 days ago

keep pushing that rock up the hill. 2012 looking like a lot of fun.

sensual elle wrote 789 days ago

A 'hidden gem'

John, I'm here to tell you the story does resonate beyond Chicago, even beyond the Atlantic. It does, as you say, appeal to an international audience.

I can almost picture your store, even though I frequent the huge warehouse-like booksellers off Piccadilly. Your store sounds intimate and… delicious, for a dedicated reader and book lover. I enjoy the delightful 'book tours' you provide in your story.

As an outsider who spends a lot of time in the States, I've been appalled how the opposition has treated Mr. Obama. The hatred is palpable, it's wicked, it's sordid, and goes well beyond politics– it seems like sabotage. It defies logic, but not polemics: Repeat an evil word long enough and people believe it. I can't understand it, so I'm glad to see a human face on the man some seem to think as inhuman, a man who rebuilt the reputation of America in the eyes of the world.

Being neither a Democrat nor Republican, I believe anyone (and everyone) should learn from this book, no matter what one's political stance is. After all, this is a story how the President became President.

nsayatovich wrote 795 days ago

This is an amazing story. Anyone who reads this can't help but learn a few things from the little bookstore who helped out current president. Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots is a motivational book telling us that anything is possible and to never give up hope. I firmly believe that they should have children read this book in school to teach them to pursue their dreams. Great story.

Jennie Lyne Hiott wrote 807 days ago

I checked out the first chapter of your book. First off let me say that politics have never peeked my interests, but I have always thought OBama to be a president unlike any I have ever seen in my life time. I was very interested in the scene where you first met him, but after that I lost interest. The information just kept coming at me and I no longer felt I was part of the life of the character. I understand that this is non fiction and I have never been one to read true life, but I think you would benefit by telling the story as if you were living it again. As a reader I want to be part of every move. I want to know what you felt and saw as you were doing. I guess what I'm saying is that I think removing some of the information and recreating the scene would make this book soar to the top of any shelf. I hope this helps from a readers POV. The POLITICS of writing are not my strong suit either. LOL. Lots of Luck.
Jennie Lyne Hiott
Hearts and Lies.

Maria Constantine wrote 818 days ago

There is so much to learn from your story that I find myself moving from one chapter to the next. I am not too familiar with American politics, but I can certainly recall the press coverage during Barack Obama's Presidential campaign - and the spirit of elation at his success. The style is easy to follow and the perspective you write from helps to draw the reader in and relate more closely to the events. A book well-worth reading. Maria (Georgina's Family)

Wanttobeawriter wrote 820 days ago

MR&MRS GRASSROOTS
This is an interesting story because it’s not every day a reader gets to enjoy an inside look at a political campaign. Your writing style is great for this type of book; you know to concentrate on describing important things yet don’t infuse so much detail you bog down your story. It was interesting to read what Obama was like when he was only a hopeful candidate; should be an inspirational read for anyone hoping to go into politics. I’m adding this to my shelf. Wanttobeawriter: Who Killed the President?

davesealey wrote 820 days ago

Hi John, thanks for your message, this looks interesting, I'll check it out :)

Diwrite wrote 821 days ago

Fascinating.
I'm not from the US, and probably have quite a rather simplistic view of American politics, but this gives me real insight into what it's really like.
I found it very easy to read and will be back to read more soon.

Well done on your persistence.
Diana
Pascual's Birthday

zap wrote 823 days ago

hi John,
In response to your request I have just started your book, and was pleasantly surprised about the additional angle you have added with references to other books and book-reading as such. Additionally, it sounds like you have used a very thorough approach, while still holding my interest.

The book is not only about politics, but touches on issues of motivation, personal committment, and perseverance. I'm not a fan of daily politics but have an interest in the historical implications which those politics scatter onto the environment at large, and I shall read on as this sounds well written.

Ame
Normsville Trilogy

Neville wrote 824 days ago

Mr. And Mrs. Grassroots.
By John Presta.


Politics have never been a main interest for me, American politics even less so, since I know little about the voting process.
At the same time I am concerned as to who becomes a President of America, he will after all be wielding a great deal of power within the world community.
Barack Obama, for me is a very capable, decent, family man and accepted by the majority.
But this book is about more than this, it’s about a book store trying to keep its head above water in some very hard times.
I like the way you have put the book together, it comes across very well.
The political side may be a little mundane to me, but the progress and daily routine of your book store was very interesting...I loved reading about it...what you were going through while the political band-wagon rolled on.
Happy to star-rate your book high.

Kind regards,

Neville. The Secrets of the Forest - The Time Zone.