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Dreams From My Father (Re-Issue): A Story of Race and Inheritance (Canons) Paperback – 1 January 2016
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Thoughtful, moving and brilliantly written ― * The Times *
A man with a phenomenal life story ― * Spectator *
Extraordinary . . . It's unique. It's his. There are no other ones like that -- TONI MORRISON
A bestseller because of its freshness and honesty -- CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS ― * Sunday Times *
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 ― * Financial Times * Published On: 2007-11-03
The only politician's life I have read that made me cry . . . elegant and surprising prose as well as a solid personal statement -- IAN KELLY ― * The Times * Published On: 2008-07-03
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
[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
About the Author
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 : Random House; Main - Canons edition (1 January 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1782119256
- ISBN-13 : 978-1782119258
- Item Weight : 300 g
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
- Country of Origin : United Kingdom
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story is a foundation for a person who later becomes one of the most powerful person in the world. Though it was written long before Mr. Obama became President, it paves way to the future.
Brilliantly written, though would be stretched at some points.
Working in root level made him involve because he knew about "basic human problem".
We can learn from anyone, anywhere, any source !!! That's what made Mr. Obama much different from many US President, many human being.
On the down side, some passages are a bit preachy and Obama leaves out crucial bits of information, like why did he choose to become a community worker is not adequately explained in my view. Also he leaves out his political views and does not disclose his political ambitions or lack of it.
But overall a highly engaging and rewarding read. The last passage of his trip to Kenya is easily the best. In the end the book is really what the title is, Obama and his understanding of his father's life and why he took the decisions he did going right into the heart of racial relations in US and Africa.
The book looks old and used. Quality is bad. The pages are as if it's drenched before. Bad quality book
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Personally I think we should all read this book. Firstly, because for those of us who are non-black we will learn an awful lot that we didn't know about how it feels to be black in America. And secondly, because the majority of us are part of a minority group in some aspect of our lives. This book teaches us what being a minority can do to you, how difficult it can be, including how hard it is to come together as minorities and organise ourselves to bring about change. This book also teaches us that determination and small wins matter. That they can help make a difference. And that bringing about change is important at grassroots level and at leadership levels. It has also helped me to learn about 'organisation', which in itself is also fascinating.
Superb book. Someone should make this guy President.... ;-)
In many ways, that seems to make the book somehow pure, as though it’s a preserved distilling of the president’s personality when he was a younger man, and it’s pretty easy to see how his early life is still shaping him, even today. In fact, after reading this, I’ve found that it feels as though I know him, as though I could predict how he’ll react in different situations.
But really, that’s not what this book is about – he may be the president now, but that wasn’t always the case, and his book looks back at his early life and examines his feelings towards the father that was never there, his African roots and what being a black American actually means. It’s a fascinating study of race relations in America in the 1970s and 1980s, and what’s more poignant is the fact that while Obama does indeed look at the differences between black people and white people, he eventually concludes that the colour of our skin doesn’t define us.
That’s not to say that he doesn’t face struggles along the way, though – Obama also examines his own biases, and the unintentional way in which we come to judgements all of the time. He himself is guilty of stereotyping, but he tries to correct himself and that in itself is honourable.
Of course, it’s also fascinating to read about his exploits as a kid, and his trips to Kenya and Indonesia, or his work in Chicago trying to make the city a better place before he eventually applied for and was accepted in to Harvard. Turns out that Barack is a pretty good writer, and it shows – it was of a professional quality, with no typos or unnatural sounding sentences. Even the dialogue that he recreates sounds natural and fits perfectly with the character, who are of course real people.
Overall, I’d say that this is well worth a read whether you’re an American or not, and whether or not Obama is still president by the time that you read this. The identity of the author doesn’t really matter – the book speaks for itself, and it has a lot of stuff to say to you, too.