Crown Renegades: Born in the USA
Crown Renegades: Born in the USA

Renegades: Born in the USA

By Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen


Publication Date: October 26, 2021

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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 career

• Rare and exclusive photographs from the authors’ personal archives

• Historical photographs and documents that provide rich visual context for their conversations


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 can find its way back toward unity and global leadership.



• ABOUT 20 PERCENT OF THE TEXT IS NEW AND WAS NOT INCLUDED IN THE RENEGADES: BORN IN THE USA PODCAST, a series of conversations between President Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen about their lives, music, and enduring love of America—available on Spotify.

• ORIGINAL MATERIAL INCLUDES RARE & NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN PHOTOGRAPHS AND PERSONAL ARCHIVAL MATERIALS from both President Obama and Bruce Springsteen, such as three speeches with Obama’s annotations and Springsteen’s handwritten lyrics, and photographs of the duo recording the Renegades podcast.

• GORGEOUS, GIFTABLE PACKAGE: This large trim, paper-over-board hardcover includes 350+ beautiful full-color and black-and-white photographs (50+ never-before-seen) printed on uncoated stock, printed endpapers, and a luxe matte casewrap treatment with foil.

• THOUGHT-PROVOKING DISCUSSIONS OF CONTEMPORARY ISSUES: These two men tackle some of today’s most important issues head-on, including toxic masculinity, racism in America, the dangers of income inequality, and the demands—and rewards—of familial responsibility.


Barack Obama was the 44th president of the United States, elected in November 2008 and holding office for two terms. He is the New York Times bestselling author of three books, Dreams from My Father, The Audacity of Hope, and A Promised Land, and is the recipient of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Michelle. They have two daughters, Malia and Sasha.

Bruce Springsteen has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is the recipient of twenty Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, and a Tony Award, and is a Kennedy Center Honoree. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Born to Run, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016. He lives in New Jersey with his family.


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