Before Barack Obama became a politician he was, among other things, a writer. Dreams from My Father is his masterpiece: a refreshing, revealing portrait of a young man asking the big questions about identity and belonging.
The son of a black African father and a white American mother, Obama recounts an emotional odyssey. He retraces the migration of his mother’s family from Kansas to Hawaii, then to his childhood home in Indonesia. Finally he travels to Kenya, where he confronts the bitter truth of his father’s life and at last reconciles his divided inheritance.
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Barack Obama’s first memoir was released when he was 34—more than 10 years before he made US history as the first African American President. He received the publishing contract after winning a different election, one which saw him become the first Black president of the Harvard Law Review. Narrated by Obama himself, the audiobook provides fascinating insights into his upbringing as the son of an American mother and a Kenyan father, who spent much of his childhood living in Hawaii and Indonesia. Both a personal, emotional reflection on his own life and an examination of race relations in the US, this beautifully written work introduces us to the man who'd go on to become one of the most important figures in modern politics. Obama’s writing is every bit as eloquent as his famously captivating speeches, and he reads his memoir with the same self-assured grace he brings to public speaking. First released in 1995, Dreams From My Father was republished in 2004, and in 2005 this audiobook earned Obama, then a US Senator, a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album.
A Good Listen Written and Read
This was an enjoyable engaging book to listen to and whilst reading might give better retention the experience was both enjoyable and thought provoking. It is both a human story and a consideration of ideas. Sometimes it went a bit long and occasionally rubbed wrongly against my views on the use of and power of religion, political organisation (though enlightening but mercenary) and too much faith in market forces.