Dreams from My Father A Story of Race and Inheritance (Paperback)
|Author: Barack Obama|
|Obama, the son of a white American mother and a black African father, writes an elegant and compelling biography that powerfully articulates America's racial battleground and tells of his search for his place in black America. photos. High school & older.|
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In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father—a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man—has been killed in a car accident. This sudden death inspires an emotional odyssey—first to a small town in Kansas, from which he retraces the migration of his mother’s family to Hawaii, and then to Kenya, where he meets the African side of his family, confronts the bitter truth of his father’s life, and at last reconciles his divided inheritance.
When the author learns of the death of his African father, whom he hardly knew, he is compelled to trace his unusual family history.When Barack Obama learns of the death of his African father, whom he hardly knew, he is compelled to trace his unusual family history. Obama, who became a nationally known figure in 2004 when he gave the keynote address at the Democratic Convention, writes movingly about being raised in Hawaii by his white mother. He goes on to describe his years at Harvard (where he was the first black president of the Harvard Law Review), his illuminating visit to family members in Kenya, and his work as a community activist in Chicago, where he eventually entered Illinois politics. While the book ends there, the rest is history. On January 20, 2009, Barack Obama was inaugurated as President of the United States of America.
"All men live in the shadow of their fathers--the more distant the father, the deeper the shadow. Barack Obama describes his confrontation with this shadow in his provocative autobiography. DREAMS FROM MY FATHER, and he also persuasively describes the phenomenon of belonging to two different worlds, and thus belonging to neither." - Paul Watkins 08/06/1995 Washington Post Book World
"Barack Obama is never flip or hip. Fluidly, calmly, insightfully, he guides us straight to the intersection of the most serious questions of identity, family, class and race." - Paul Ruffins 08/20/1995
Very encouraging book and person overall This book is great one of the better books i have read
Why rated so low5/5/2008
This book is hard to read. Some sections are very confusing. It has a few interesting facts about Barack Obama. It's horribly boring. Overall, i give it a 2 because of the interesting facts i learned about him, but the book boring. You can tell that the co-writer did a poor job at adding more pages to the story to sell the book for a higher price. In addition the pages the co-writer added were confuseing. This book almost made a 1 overall in my opinion.
Very Impressive Book11/27/2007
I have not completed reading this book, but I have been impressed so far. It's an open look into the heart of a great man. I have enjoyed this book.
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