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Dreams from my father: a story of race and inheritance /. Barack Obama. 1. Obama, Barack. 2. African Americans—Biography. 3. Racially mixed people—. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Elected the first black president of the Harvard Law Review, Obama was offered a book contract, but the intellectual . was two years older than me, a senior who, as a result of his father's army transfer, had . since my father's visit, and on the surface, at least, it had been a placid.
Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. As Joe Scarborough has joked, Obama wrote his autobiography before he had really done anything. There are benefits to this. The Audacity of Hope was written when he was already a Senator and about to run for President, and by then his political skills had developed considerably. I expect that his next memoir will be extremely well written and polished.
His strengths and weaknesses, which make him so admired by many and feared by his opponents, come out strongly. Opponents of Obama will find reasons to empathize with his experience and that of his family, but also will see how that experience shaped his worldview that was imposed on the American people.
This book should also show why many people voted for him in the first place, not only because he is an eloquent speaker and skilled writer, but because he has a compelling personal story. Besides the trip to Kenya to search for his family roots, there is an extended reflection on his experience in Chicago as a community organizer. I think this reveals a lot about Obama's qualities as well.
There is a true desire to help and improve, an intellectual talent, and yet there's always a geographical displacement and emotional detachment, an outsider's perspective looking in, that somehow distances him even as he tries to immerse in the milieu. Contrast Bill Clinton's I feel your pain. He is sensitive, perhaps too sensitive and questioning, and yet somehow not empathetic enough for the opposing point of view e. The end of the book has a reflection from a few years later on being a law student, on justifying the justice system for the powerless, making clear that he was not only liberal but radical.
This shows how in his later political career, even when he tried to transcend partisanship and made a lot of intellectual deliberation, he almost always arrived at conclusions on the left end of the spectrum, because he was coming from the far left end. For instance, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, from whom he later had to distance himself, is just a regular normal character in the narrative but was in fact a radical liberationist in his theology. To me the book resembles, in some respects, even the gentle but dark humor, Dennis Kucinich's Courage to Survive, where he did in Cleveland what Obama did in Chicago.
I can see why Kucinich eventually endorsed Obama even though by he had smoothed out his radicalism. Despite the conflict between Western liberalism and traditional African values, Obama is very much a feminist and the Western position won out despite his sympathy for Africa.
And yet one of the more compelling passages of the book for me, not politically but personally, is at the end where he reflects on how even in a family where the women have held together, the men have often been plagued by doubts about their race and their masculinity and the cruelty that being male can bring with it.
Regardless of politics, that is something that the Obama family seems to have modeled well and overcome in the next generation, with his daughters although he didn't have boys. It's clear how from Obama's life how he became such a eloquent, elegant, intellectual, disciplined, balanced and compassionate man.
I am impressed at how fascinating his life has been and by that I mean before his presidency. I am a big fan of Obama and his family based on what he achieved as our 44th president but after reading the book I know he earned every bit of his soulful nature. Well written and enjoyably readable, he is candid about his achievements and failures. His humanness but yet his extraordinary perseverance make him a fascinating main character. I particularly liked reading about his family in Africa and the time he spent with them.
I have no doubt how formative it was for him to be a biracial, half African, half midwestern American living his childhood largely with his grandparents in Oahu having also spent a few of his young years in Indonesia with his mother and stepfather. This is a treat to read!!!! It's a wonder I haven't read this book before.
Since I first heard about it, I knew it would eventually drift my way and I am thankful it has. Barack's story, like so many others, is one of identity, affirmation, and of his profound sense of being present. Through eloquence and a seemingly poetic choice of words, we ride with him on a bumpy train of curiosity, loss, self exploration, personal development, persistence and joy. We visit each home and at each instance he brings it to life wrapping it in context and history and forcing readers to consider its impact on those involved.
As an African American man who has gained some momentum in being authentically me, I appreciate how much of him is also an amalgamation of those closest to him. Thank you Barack for sitting down and taking the time to share your journey with me, it was a worthy venture to explore this chapter in your life.
However, as it should be, I'm left wanting more. Hardcover Verified Purchase. The best version of this is the audio version which Obama reads himself, even with different accents. This is a poignant book which describes his multi-cultural, biracial upbringing and thus explains his constant urge to help people understand each other, his desire to bridge divides.
I had a paperback copy but I bought both the hardback version of the book, for enjoyment in the years to come, and the audio, which is captivating. Paperback Verified Purchase.
I wanted to read this over the length of his presidency, but it never happened. It was a great read. Really helped me understand inner city life and the struggles of the black community. I appreciate his honesty and how hard he fought to make people's lives easier. Makes sense why he was such a great president. I was especially moved with how he explained the challenges of being both white and black. Such a great memoir. A well-written book with unique insight on the early thinking of our future President.
Although it is not a traditional autobiography, it has an even-paced narrative that sounds genuine and non-political.
The only downside from my perspective is the lack of closure with his experience as a community organizer in Chicago. It seems that he accomplished a lot in Chicago and he vowed to return after his time in Harvard. But I'm curious to know the progress of Altgeld Gardens. Did he pick up where he left off? Or did he simply moved on because there's not much else he could've done. All in all, it's a very good read. See all 1, reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.
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Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Amazon Payment Products. English Choose a language for shopping. Word Wise: May 10, Minutes. May 03, Minutes. 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.
Pictured in lefthand photograph on cover: Pictured in righthand photograph on cover: Nine years before the Senate campaign that made him one of the most influential and compelling voices in American politics, Barack Obama published this lyrical, unsentimental, and powerfully affecting memoir, which became a 1 New York Times bestseller when it was reissued in Obama opens his story in New York, where he hears that his father—a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man—has died in a car accident.
There, against the backdrop of tumultuous political and racial conflict, he works to turn back the mounting despair of the inner city.
His story becomes one with those of the people he works with as he learns about the value of community, the necessity of healing old wounds, and the possibility of faith in the midst of adversity. Traveling through a country racked by brutal poverty and tribal conflict, but whose people are sustained by a spirit of endurance and hope, Barack discovers that he is inescapably bound to brothers and sisters living an ocean away—and that by embracing their common struggles he can finally reconcile his divided inheritance.
A searching meditation on the meaning of identity in America, Dreams from My Father might be the most revealing portrait we have of a major American leader—a man who is playing, and will play, an increasingly prominent role in healing a fractious and fragmented nation.
It is also beautifully written, skillfully layered, and paced like a good novel. This is a book worth savoring.
Perceptive and wise, this book will tell you something about yourself whether you are black or white. Read An Excerpt.
Hardcover —. Buy the CD: About Dreams from My Father 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. About Dreams from My Father Nine years before the Senate campaign that made him one of the most influential and compelling voices in American politics, Barack Obama published this lyrical, unsentimental, and powerfully affecting memoir, which became a 1 New York Times bestseller when it was reissued in