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From King to Obama:Witness to a Turbulent History by [Hutchinson, Earl]
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From King to Obama: Witness to a Turbulent History conveys the exhilaration the author feels at having walked in the shadow of history of a Dr. King, a Miles Davis, a John Lennon, a Bob Marley, and many others. Hutchinson’s mission is to make the reader feel the exhilaration he felt meeting, talking with, interviewing and personally engaging with as a journalist, broadcaster, and activist the people whose monumental accomplishments affected the lives of millions over a half century from the mid-1960s to the first decade of the 21st Century.

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Earl Ofari Hutchinson is a nationally acclaimed author and social issues commentator. He is a syndicated columnist and a feature contributor to the Huffington Post. His columns have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and the San Francisco Chronicle. Hutchinson is the author of ten books on race and social change in America. He is the National Political Writer for New America Media and the Los Angeles Wave Newspaper. He hosts two syndicated public affairs and issues radio talk shows on KTYM Radio and KPFK Pacifica Network Radio Los Angeles, and a weekly commentator on the Radio-One Network.He is also a guest MSNBC Political Analyst.

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  • Publisher: Middle Passage Press (Feb. 7 2015)
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HASH(0xa5d6542c) out of 5 stars Even if Your Politics Are Different From Hutchinson's - There is Much to Enjoy in this Deeply Personal Memoir Feb. 18 2015
By Margie Baxley - Published on
Format: Paperback
Earl Ofari Hutchinson is the person who is responsible for getting me interested in politics – that wasn’t a small feat. Through his writing, I started to learn more about the dynamics of the political climate, the various “players” on the landscape, how politics impacts different ethnicities in very different ways, how the different ethnic and racial groups impact one another throughout the country. This book provided even more detail on many of these issues.
I have a lot of respect for him – but we have very different views on politics. We’re two different people from different backgrounds and its logical that we see things differently. But in From King to Obama – we get the human perspective and view of some of the biggest newsmakers of the last half century. People that seem “larger than life” – but through Hutchinson’s insights, we have a great opportunity to see them “behind the scenes” in many instances. The spotlight is off with many of them and we can see a different side of that person.

I’ve often wondered how Hutchinson developed some of his viewpoints. From King to Obama gives the answers to a number of those questions. His writing often give some insights into the author’s mind – but this book really pulls back the curtain to shows us the scope of the things he has done and the decades he’s spent learning more about life, politics and so much more on a global level.

One of the things I really like is the wide variety of people that he included in the book. From Martin Luther King, the Harlem Globetrotters, Nelson Mandela, Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, Johnnie Cochran, and so many more. The sections about entertainers, especially the musicians were a real treat. There are so many types of music that I love and its interesting to hear other people’s perspectives on some of the musical “greats”. Check the cover for a list of the people who are included in the book. There were many instances where I stopped reading temporarily to get some more info about specific people and events – even taking a few minutes to find and view the Jimi Hendrix performance that is mentioned.

I highly recommend this book – I love learning more about “history” and other people and places. I got a great education about events that happened in the US – some happened before I was born and I’d only heard sketchy details about other people and places. I want to know the “good, the bad and the ugly” and I want to understand how those things contributed to and brought us to the place where we are now. This book did that very well and I walked away with many interesting tidbits. Hutchinson doesn’t go into deep detail about these various events – that’s not the point of the book. Like the title says – its an eyewitness account to a tumultuous history. That is just what he gives us in this deeply personal memoir about the events that shaped his life, our country and the world we live in.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa62b8834) out of 5 stars About civil affairs Feb. 12 2015
By Mae Holt - Published on
Format: Paperback
An exciting commentary on various political and social events with interesting personal tidbits featuring the author's interaction with various historical figures and actions during parts of this century.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4126708) out of 5 stars The Ultimate Journey Back Feb. 12 2015
By Pedro J. Baez - Published on
Format: Paperback
Too often many historians write their analysis based upon third party’s opinions and their interpretations.
This isn’t the case with “From King to Obama- Witness to a Turbulent History.”
What Hutchinson has done is what H.G. Wells did. We are transported back to an earlier time, for some before they were even born. We get a first hand feeling on who these figures were. Hutchinson sat with them, touched them, and sensed them.
Is it any wonder in this period of limited resources and common core teaching that we now have the best reference tool into a past that has been too often ignored and worse yet has had a revisionist interpretation as to what really happened during these exciting times?
My only wish is that I had taken a camera with me as I do now and taken of picture of Richie Havens playing his guitar in Central Park.

Thank you Hutch for the trip back.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3fc7258) out of 5 stars Hutchinson names a lot of names of leading historical figures ... Feb. 16 2015
By Angela Hoffman - Published on
Format: Paperback
Hutchinson names a lot of names of leading historical figures that he talked with or had some interaction with. This is the kind of history that we need more of to show these individuals as real human beings with cares, needs, and flaws as any other human being. My big regret with this book is that Hutchinson didn’t go into greater detail about the lives of some of the more interesting figures that he interacted with. That would have given me even more insight into their lives and work.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4c5d468) out of 5 stars Hutchinson’s Book Rekindles the Spirit of the 60’s and 70s. A must Read Feb. 13 2015
By dwayne wyatt - Published on
Format: Paperback
Hutchinson did not go into the depth that I expected in a book with an ambitious title such as From King to Obama. It was a superficial and glancing retrospective. It’s the kind of book that could be yet another supplement, but in no way a definitive book on the momentous events of the 1960s and 1970s. Though I will admit the book is a good read, given the depth of his experience and evidenced by his previous works, Hutchinson has much more to say about the period.