June 27, 2012 2:48 AM

Commentary: Hidden stories tell us much about our presidents

Americans are drawn to explore the hidden, inner lives of their political leaders; the more mysterious and complex the better. A new biography

Barack Obama: The Story

, by David Maraniss, taps into that drive to get inside the heart, the mind and the soul of the man leading the nation, a quest fed partly by human curiosity — a wish to understand an interesting human being — and partly by a compulsion to obtain special insights into the political man.

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