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Publisher Description

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).

Biographies & Memoirs
July 18
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Itzatwist ,

self-serving drivel

For a person who is being touted as eloquent with words I am stunned by the un-engaging, self-serving, vacant nonsense of words he has thrown together. To call this a book is equivelent to calling an overflowing garbage bin fine art.
Save yourself the disappointment ... }8-P

SnowmanDavis ,

Insightful & Honest!

Great read!!!

Marryme2 ,

Read this book years ago

This is Black History Month
If the President of the U.S.A.
wanted to write what he felt
then I say the truth is like beauty
(in the eyes of the beholder)
I read all threw school about every
Presidents in America and whatever
they all was vote in, some was liked
some was disliked, that life.
I'm proud President Obama you were
chosen,so if 100 years pass by my great grand children and their, and so fort will have Black History Month.

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