Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance Audio CD – CD, 3 May 2005
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—New York Times Book Review
“Fluidly, calmly, insightfully, Obama guides us straight to the intersection of the most serious questions of identity, class, and race.”
—Washington Post Book World
“Beautifully crafted . . . moving and candid . . . this book belongs on the shelf beside works like James McBride’s The Color of Water and Gregory Howard Williams’s Life on the Color Line as a tale of living astride America’s racial categories.” —Scott Turow
“Obama’s writing is incisive yet forgiving. This is a book worth savoring.”
—Alex Kotlowitz, author of There Are No Children Here
From the Back Cover
In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father--a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man--has been killed in a car accident. This sudden death inspires an emotional odyssey--first to a small town in Kansas, from which he retraces the migration of his mother's family to Hawaii, and then to Kenya, where he meets the African side of his family, confronts the bitter truth of his father's life, and at last reconciles his divided inheritance.
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- Publisher : Random House Audio; Abridged edition (3 May 2005)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 6 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0739321005
- ISBN-13 : 978-0739321003
- Item Weight : 186 g
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.54 x 15.75 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,354,143 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.