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ISBN: 1847670911 / ISBN-13: 9781847670915

Dreams From My Father: A Story Of Race And Inheritance

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  • Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance (Canongate Books) – Trade paperback (2007)
    by Barack Obama

    Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

    Trade paperback, Canongate Books
    2007
    English
    442 pages

    ISBN: 1847670911
    ISBN-13: 9781847670915

    In this memoir written at the age of 33, Barack Obama, son of a black African father and a white American mother, describes the search for meaning in his life as a black American. He begins in New York where he learns that his father, more a myth than a man to him, has been killed in a car accident. This sudden death inspires an emotional odyssey that sees Obama travel to Kansas, Hawaii and Kenya in search of his family's roots. A memoir that rightfully belongs on the shelves alongside the autobiography of "Malcolm X", ... Show more

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Reviews of Dreams From My Father: A Story Of Race And Inheritance

Overall customer rating: 4.067
CALSGAL

Misplaced Dreams

by CALSGAL on Apr 30, 2010

I voted for Obama, but was disappointed in his views. Not what you would think of for our President..

pamela1717

Audiobook.

by pamela1717 on Aug 29, 2009

I don't even feel as if I should give this any type of star rating but I am required so I give it 2 stars. A bit disappointing for me and maybe it was because of Obama's narration...I'm just not sure. It just seemed to drone on and on for me and when I got to the part I was looking forward to (Obama travelling back to Africa) I realized I wasn't really listening anymore so I just decided to stop (and I only had 1.5 CDs to go). I was also a little turned off by the "unofficial" campaign blurb he gave in the first 3 tracks before the narration began--not necessary to the story. Too bad, I was looking forward to this one but maybe I just couldn't relate or perhaps I would have done better if I'd experienced this as a printed media rather than an audio one. Still, as he is our current president I would still recommend to others to read (but not listen to).

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csreader
by csreader on Aug 21, 2009

Give insight into the live and experiences lived by our president

Page1

Mr. President

by Page1 on Jul 30, 2009

Truly enjoyed this novel. It was very relaxing to read. Clear insight into the making of a leader.

Ellyb

Obama the author! Oh wait, he's got that day job.

by Ellyb on 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.

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