Renegades: Born in the USA by Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen

Two longtime friends share an intimate and urgent conversation about life, music, and their enduring love of America, with all its challenges and contradictions, in this stunningly produced expansion of their groundbreaking Higher Ground podcast, featuring more than 350 photographs, exclusive bonus content, and never-before-seen archival material.

RENEGADES: BORN IN THE USA is a candid, revealing, and entertaining dialogue between President Barack Obama and legendary musician Bruce Springsteen that explores everything from their origin stories and career-defining moments to our country’s polarized politics and the growing distance between the American Dream and the American reality. Filled with full-color photographs and rare archival material, it is a compelling and beautifully illustrated portrait of two outsiders— one Black and one white—looking for a way to connect their unconventional searches for meaning, identity, and community with the American story itself. It includes:

 Original introductions by President Obama and Bruce Springsteen
 Exclusive new material from the Renegades podcast recording sessions
 Obama’s never-before-seen annotated speeches, including his “Remarks at the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Marches”
 Springsteen’s handwritten lyrics for songs spanning his 50-year-long career
 Rare and exclusive photographs from the authors’ personal archives
 Historical photographs and documents that provide rich visual context for their conversation

In a recording studio stocked with dozens of guitars, and on at least one Corvette ride, Obama and Springsteen discuss marriage and fatherhood, race and masculinity, the lure of the open road and the call back to home. They also compare notes on their favorite protest songs, the most inspiring American heroes of all time, and more. Along the way, they reveal their passion for—and the occasional toll of—telling a bigger, truer story about America throughout their careers, and explore how our fractured country might begin to find its way back toward unity and global leadership.

Higher Ground logo

LISTEN TO THE RENEGADES: BORN IN THE USA PODCAST

Crown is proud to partner with these international publishers for the worldwide publication of RenegadesAn English-language edition of Renegades will be published in the UK and British Commonwealth territories by Viking, an imprint of Penguin General Books at Penguin Random House UK. The book will also be published in translation in ten additional languages, including: Spanish Debate/Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial; German Penguin Verlag/Penguin Random House Verlagsgruppe; Portuguese Brazil Companhia das Letras; Portuguese Portugal Objectiva/Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial; French Editions Fayard; Italian Garzanti; Dutch Hollands Diep; Danish Lindhardt og Ringhof; Swedish Albert Bonniers Förlag; and Catalan Libros Del Kultrum

Excerpts from Renegades: Born in the USA by Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen