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).
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Guy Who Played It, make up your mind...are we communists or socialists? Maybe you should read Karl Marx before you attempt to use his name in an argument. The President is far from a socialist and you'd know that if you actually knew what a socialist is. For a period of time I lived in a socialist country and trust me he's not a socialist. You people call him every name in the book..anything he does you criticize. You don't even give him a chance; your mind was made up from the beginning. Anything that is slightly different from the norm in this country is labeled as communism or socialism and it's ridiculous. No one can deal with progress in this country. If you are referring to his attempt to reform health care then you have some research to do. We are the only established DEMOCRACY without a universal health care system and our health care system is ranked 37th in the world. What the President is attempting to pass isn't even a universal system, it's an OPTION. Options apply pressure and competition. The ability to choose from many options is capitalism in my book. Also, I don't know what he radically changed that has caused so many conservatives to line up at the nearest bridge. He improved the way other countries look at us..and maybe that's what is enraging you all. He's black..is that what makes you mad? I just don't understand it..what's so different? I'm actually slightly disappointed in the lack of change and progress, but I will give him some more time before I judge his presidency. And lastly, he has lowered taxes for the middle and working class and that's a fact...look it up. They idea that he's a socialist is not only unsupported, but ridiculous.
Best AudioBook Ever
I know many people who voted for Barack Obama, who say they love him, but who haven't read this book. I tell them that if they had read (heard) this book, they'd only love him that much more. This was written long before he ran for president, and therefore I feel it probably shows more accurately who he is underneath. He's a spectacular person, one in millions, not just brilliant, but a deep thinker. He doesn't react, but chooses to ponder a problem before deciding the best way of handling it. All this comes out in Dreams from My Father. And he has a lovely voice, which doesn't hurt!
Even better to listen to Obama's book than to read it!
I am "reading" Obama's autobiography with my book club. I had read the print version which I thought was brilliant. Listening to Obama read his story is simply remarkable, such a joy. He has an ear for language, for dialect. And in the context of today's vulture-like political culture, this man's understanding of the world and of our country with all it's vissicitudes is astounding. This is a must listen.