The Year of Obama, from Pearson Longman, Analyzes the Election That Changed the Face of the Nation, and The World

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Original Essays From Best-selling Author Larry Sabato and Top U.S. Scholars

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Avoiding trendy analysis and overused political commentary, The Year of Obama examines in a thorough and provocative way the who, what, when, where, and why of this historic election

An unprecedented fusion of political, social, and demographic trends combined to produce the historic election of Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States. The Year of Obama: How Barack Obama Won the White House, to be published by Pearson's Longman imprint on April 15th, 2009, tosses aside conventional wisdom and substitutes thoughtful, deeper, and - until now, ignored - interpretations of the events and environment that elected our 44th president.

Led by best-selling author Larry Sabato, The Year of Obama brings together the nation's most perceptive observers of American politics, each offering different perspectives, and the resulting mosaic provides readers with a comprehensive look at the election.

Intended for the classroom and the casual reader, The Year of Obama's all-original essays examine every facet of the electoral process, from the primaries to the general election. Chapters include Sabato's interpretation of the election results, focusing on raw votes, regional patterns, and exit poll data; a look at the importance and influence of new media in determining the election; a tour through the maze of political money by Michael E. Toner, former chairman of the Federal Election Commission; and an examination of the 2008 Congressional elections and their impact on the national race, by Professor Bruce Larson of Gettysburg College.

"Avoiding trendy analysis and overused political commentary, The Year of Obama examines in a thorough and provocative way the who, what, when, where, and why of this historic election," said Daryl Fox, Vice President, Editorial Director, Pearson Longman.

About the Author
Larry J. Sabato is the founder and director of the Center for Politics and the Robert Kent Gooch professor of Politics at the University of Virginia. He is the author of more than twenty books including Feeding Frenzy: Attack Journalism & American Politics, The Sixth Year Itch: The Rise and Fall of the George W. Bush Presidency, and A More Perfect Constitution: 23 Proposals to Revitalize our Constitution and Make America A Fairer Country. He is also the co-author, with Karen O'Connor of American University, of the bestselling American government textbook, American Government: Roots and Reform.

About Pearson
Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education and education technology, reaches and engages today's digital natives with effective and personalized learning, as well as dedicated professional development for their teachers. This commitment is demonstrated in the company's investment in innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher professional development, career certification programs, and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. The company's respected brands include eCollege, Prentice Hall, Addison Wesley, Benjamin Cummings, MyLabs, and many others. Pearson's comprehensive offerings help inform targeted instruction and intervention so that success is within reach of every student at every level of education. Pearson's commitment to education for all is supported by the global philanthropic initiatives of the Pearson Foundation. Pearson's other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information, go to

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