After his victory in the 2008 presidential election, Barack Obama became the first African-American President of the United States. The following year, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Obama's life has not always been one of pomp and circumstance, however. This volume conveys a balanced biographical survey of Barack Obama. Chapters discuss his presidency, his complicated childhood, living and working in the mean streets of Chicago, and his tenure as a U.S. senator for the state of Illinois.