The David Maraniss bio of Obama has hit the bookshelves. It ends with Obama heading off to Harvard Law School, so my secret hope was that it wold shed some light on Obama's first fling with education reform, as described in 'Dreams' just before he left Chicago:
"The months passed at a breathless pace, with constant reminders of all the things left undone. We worked with a citywide coalition in support of school reform."
The timing is opaque but eventually Obama's little non-profit ended up in a city-wide alliance that was eventually led by Bill Ayers. That might explain how Obama came to chair the Chicago Annenberg Challenge organized by Bill Ayers years later.
Or not. The name "Ayers"does not appear in the Maraniss index, so my hopes seem to be quashed. Or at best, hanging by a thread.