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Dreams From My Father

A Story of Race and Inheritance
Obama, Barack (Book - 2004 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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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. Pictured in lefthand photograph on cover: Habiba Akumu Hussein and Barack Obama, Sr. (President Obama's paternal grandmother and his father as a young boy). Pictured in righthand photograph on cover: Stanley Dunham and Ann Dunham (President Obama's maternal grandfather and his mother as a young girl).
Authors: Obama, Barack
Title: Dreams from my father
a story of race and inheritance
Publisher: New York : Three Rivers Press, c2004.
Edition: Rev. ed.
Characteristics: xvii, 453 p. ;,21 cm.
Notes: 1st ed. published: New York : Times Books, c1995.
Contents: Originally published: New York : Times Books, c1995. This edition has a new preface by the author.
Local Note: Accelerated Reader AR 71 10260
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ISBN: 9781400082773
1400082773
Statement of Responsibility: Barack Obama
Study Program: Accelerated Reader AR UG 7.1 26.0 Quiz: 113511.
Subject Headings: United States Race relations. Racism United States. Racially mixed people United States Biography. African Americans Biography. Obama, Barack.
Genre/Form: Autobiography.
Topical Term: Racism
Racially mixed people
African Americans
LCCN: 2004012412
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Obama describes his struggle to understand the forces that shaped him as the son of a black African father and white American mother—a struggle that takes him from the American heartland to the ancestral home of his great-aunt in the tiny African village of Alego.


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Jul 09, 2014
  • Salihah rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It's very interesting to learn about the President's background and the events that shaped his life. For instance, I was surprised to learn he lived in Indonesia for a number of years.

Despite what is written in the two most recent reviews, this book is hardly political.

Well worth reading to get a glimpse of the early life of one of the most powerful men in the world at this time.

I find it hard to believe that the man who wrote this book and to whom I found so much to relate with (despite being a white Canadian) is the same man who runs a kill list and seems to have no trouble ordering drone strikes on American children living in Yemen.

Apr 02, 2013
  • Dan_Earl rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

A few convient truths among a sea of lies. Since Bill Ares wrote most of this book, I'm not sure what is true and what is falsified. All the socialist connections are disturbing, not to mention that his real father was most likely a communist. Either way, both of the most influencial men in B.H.O.'s life hated capitalism and most of the the ideas America was built on.

Apr 01, 2013
  • ShadowFX84 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Interesting in the same way as Adolph Hitler's Mein Kampf. Obama lays out his father's, and his own, dreams and vision for our country. He lists his teachers and mentors, all of them conveniently connected to socialism in all its forms. Crazy to me that people ignore the warnings in this book of "self~discovery". But then again, people ignored the warnings in Mein Kampf as well...

Oct 18, 2012
  • gemini07 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An exploration in identity and the struggles of being biracial are just a couple of topics discussed in Barack Obama's book. How he came to be who he is, is a fascinating journey.

Mar 10, 2010
  • Burkee4 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Well worth reading to understand where the President comes from.

Dec 06, 2009
  • erigami rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A surprisingly interesting read.

As a white guy growing up in the middle class, I hadn't had much of a chance to consider the importance of role models and expected behaviour. It's interesting to see how a man grows up without having a set path to follow.

The first half of the book is very interesting, especially as Obama is in his teens. As he ages, and finds his role in life, the book becomes less compelling.

Oct 02, 2007
  • mcasey rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An account of Barack Obama's early life. The family and friends that influence him and the effect his of growing up in a mixed white and black culture.

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