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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Acclaimed Author Releases Softcover Edition of “A Defining Moment” — A Pictorial Book That Chronicles President Obama’s Historic 2008 Campaign

A Defining Moment By Patricia Duncan


Denver, CO — Denver-based awarding-winning photographer and author Patricia Duncan announces the release her highly acclaimed book, A Defining Moment: Barack Obama – The Historic Journey to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave in soft cover (Sept. 8, 2015). The book provides an introspective look at Barack Obama’s historic path from a rising star in the Democratic Party to the nation’s first African-American president.

A Defining Moment is a 184-page softcover, pictorial coffee table book, which contains over 300 never-before-seen photographs and speeches, chronicling President Obama’s story-book rise from a junior U.S. Senator from Illinois to the first African-American president U.S. history. His ascendency began with a strategic visit to Colorado to campaign for U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter in 2006 and court the support of Colorado Democratic Party delegates and rainmakers two fateful years before capturing the nomination for president in 2008.

Duncan’s second edition, softcover book features an array official coverage of the historic 2008 National Democratic Convention in Denver. The book comprises speeches delivered by prominent Democratic Party luminaries including the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, Congressman John Lewis, Hillary Clinton, and former President Bill Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama, Martin Luther King III, among others.

Duncan received inspiration to publish her first book from the sage advice from her sister, the late Honorable Vikki Buckley, Colorado’s first African American and twice elected Secretary of State.

“She spoke these prophetic words to me: ‘If you have a dream and a goal, you must go after it; stay focused and accept the good with the bad. You may get knocked back two steps before you can take one step forward, but don’t quit! If you work hard and keep God first in your life, you will persevere,’” Duncan said. “I have endured several challenges in bringing this book to fruition but the labor of love has been well worth it.”

Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock praised Duncan’s book as a literary masterpiece that captures one the most memorable and monumental moments in the 21st Century – a moment that forever changed U.S. history and the nation’s political landscape.


A Defining Moment made its first debut in March, 2011 as a hardcover book. In 2012, it was nominated for a NAACP Image Award: Outstanding Literary Works of a Debut Author. The highly acclaimed book was inducted into the Library of Congress (June, 2012) and sold out in hardcover in 2013.

A Defining Moment will be available for sale on Amazon.com and at www.adefinmoment.com. Duncan will launch A Defining Moment book tour with Conversation and Book Signing with the author Patricia Duncan, Sat., Sept. 19 Cherry Creek Harbor Event Center and Oct. 24 at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library to coincide with the book’s release. Duncan is available for special appearances and book signings. To contact her or preview portions of A Defining Moment, visit www.adefinmoment.com.


Patricia Duncan