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Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance (Canons) Paperback – 5 June 2008

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This may be the best-written memoir ever produced by an American politician. -- Joe Klein ― * Time *

A remarkable story, beautifully told. -- Robert McCrum ― * Observer *

Whatever else people expect from a politician, it's not usually a beautifully written personal memoir steeped in honesty. Barack Obama has produced one. -- Oona King ― * The Times *

Obama's writing is characterised throughout by a graceful eloquence, a generosity of perception and spirit rare in young men of many gifts and charisma...here is a testimony for the ages. -- Candace Allen ― * Independent *

It is an almost illicit pleasure to be reading the unspun memories of a man who may yet become president of the US. ― * Guardian *

This book is simply justified, whatever its long-term political significance may or may not be, as a rich and rewarding read ― * Herald *

...it is a well-written account of Obama's struggle to establish his own views on identity and race, and all the more entertaining for its honesty. -- Elaine Moore ― * Financial Times * Published On: 2007-11-03

[Obama] writes with candour about racism, bigotry and hardship, but always there is a sense of wisdom - you feel you are in the presence of a very mature man . . . You will not fail to be moved by Obama's warmth and humility. ― * Good Book Guide * Published On: 2008-05-01

With its honesty and cool language, and by virtue of having a story worth telling, the book impresses far more than the typical political memoir. -- Colin Waters ― * Sunday Herald * Published On: 2008-06-01

Obama has written a memoir . . . that evokes the anguish of miscegenation yet culminates in a cry of faith in human community . . . Obama is a born narrator, with a mastery of colour, scene and personality, deftly stirring them into the melting pot of a shared American identity. Rarely has that identity found so vivid a portraitist. -- Simon Jenkins ― * Sunday Times * Published On: 2008-06-15

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Barack Obama was born in Honolulu in 1961. In his early twenties he found his vocation working among poor communities on the south side of Chicago. Later he went to law school at Harvard University, where he became the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. In 1995 he published his memoir Dreams from My Father, which became a bestseller soon after it was reissued in 2004. After returning to Chicago, he was elected to the Illinois State Senate in 1996.

Barack Obama delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, and later that year he was elected to the US Senate. His second book, The Audacity of Hope, was published in 2006 and became an immediate bestseller. In November 2008 Senator Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States of America. He was re-elected in 2012 and served a second term which concluded in 2016. He is married to Michelle, with whom he has two daughters, Sasha and Malia.

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  • Publisher : RHC; Main edition (5 June 2008)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 464 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1847670946
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1847670946
  • Reading age : 18 years and up
  • Item Weight : 308 g
  • Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
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