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New Yorker editor David Remnick chats with Chicago Tribune literary editor Elizabeth Taylor about his book The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama (Knopf) today at 6 PM at the Harold Washington Library Center.

Remnick drew upon a couple Reader stories in his research: “What Makes Obama Run?” by Hank De Zutter and “Is Bobby Rush in Trouble?” by Edward McClelland (aka Ted Kleine).

After the jump, an excerpt from The Bridge, when Obama (briefly) considered walking away from politics after his trouncing by Bobby Rush in the 2000 congressional primary race: