Obama the author! Oh wait, he's got that day job. Dec 29, 2008
Barack Obama's memoir of his childhood and early career as a community organizer is incredibly honest and engaging. It is especially fascinating to read now that he is the President-Elect, because it was written before he ever ran for any sort of office and therefore is free of any word-mincing or whitewashing that might have been pressed on him by political advisers had he written this more recently. Obama knows how to handle prose delicately yet retains a straightforwardness that gets his point across decisively and deftly.
His story is one of a childhood with an absent father, an experience shared by so many Americans. This father, instead of being vilified, was held up to young Barack Obama as a standard of intelligence and discipline. This seems to have kindled a deep curiosity about his father that would last into adulthood. This memoir explores Obama's quest for identity within the seemingly rigid racial structures of America, as well as for the knowledge of who his father really was. The result is captivating and I was engrossed throughout. Highly recommended.