The son of a black African father and a white American mother, Obama was only two years old when his father walked out on the family. Many years later, Obama receives a phone call from Nairobi: his father is dead. This sudden news inspires an emotional odyssey for Obama, determined to learn the truth of his father's life and reconcile his divided ...Read MoreThe son of a black African father and a white American mother, Obama was only two years old when his father walked out on the family. Many years later, Obama receives a phone call from Nairobi: his father is dead. This sudden news inspires an emotional odyssey for Obama, determined to learn the truth of his father's life and reconcile his divided inheritance. Written at the age of thirty-three, "Dreams from My Father" is an unforgettable read. It illuminates not only Obama's journey, but also our universal desire to understand our history, and what makes us the people we are.Read Less
I voted for Obama, but was disappointed in his views. Not what you would think of for our President..
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).
Aug 21, 2009
Give insight into the live and experiences lived by our president
Jul 30, 2009
Truly enjoyed this novel. It was very relaxing to read. Clear insight into the making of a leader.
Dec 29, 2008
Obama the author! Oh wait, he's got that day job.
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.
Publishers Weekly, 1995-04-10 Elected the first black president of the Harvard Law Review, Obama was offered a book contract, but the intellectual journey he planned to recount became instead this poignant, probing memoir of an unusual life. Born in 1961 to a white American woman and a black Kenyan student, Obama was reared in Hawaii by his mother and her parents, his father having left for further study and a return home to Africa. So Obama's not-unhappy youth is nevertheless a lonely voyage to racial identity, tensions in school, struggling with black literature?with one month-long visit when he was 10 from his commanding father. After college, Obama became a community organizer in Chicago. He slowly found place and purpose among folks of similar hue but different memory, winning enough small victories to commit himself to the work?he's now a civil rights lawyer there. Before going to law school, he finally visited Kenya; with his father dead, he still confronted obligation and loss, and found wellsprings of love and attachment. Obama leaves some lingering questions?his mother is virtually absent?but still has written a resonant book. Photos not seen by PW. Author tour. (June)
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