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Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

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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 mothers family to Hawaii, and then to Kenya, where he meets the African side of his family, confronts the bitter truth of his fathers 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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"[A] poignant, probing memoir of an unusual life....Obama leaves some lingering questions — his mother is virtually absent — but still has written a resonant book." Publishers Weekly

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"Obama argues with himself on almost every page of this lively autobiographical conversation....Obama is candid about racism and poverty and corruption, in Chicago and in Kenya. Yet he does find community and authenticity..." Hazel Rochman, Booklist

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"Fluidly, calmly, insightfully, Obama guides us straight to the intersection of the most serious questions of identity, class, and race." Washington Post Book World

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"Obama's writing is incisive yet forgiving. This is a book worth savoring." Alex Kotlowitz, author of There Are No Children Here

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The son of a black African father and white American mother discusses his divided ancestry and his place in America's racial society, analyzing the demands of racial identity and culture, multiculturalism, and the quest for his own racial identity.

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Barak Obama was elected President of the United States on November 4, 2008. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream.

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gracie33, January 22, 2014 (view all comments by gracie33)
I found this book by accident and was very moved by it. Barack Obama is an intense, shockingly honest writer that keeps the reader enthralled. I have now bought his second book because this was so well written. Very open about his family and life. Highly recommend!
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Emmeline, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Emmeline)
An amazing look into the life of Barack Obama before his election into office. Heartfelt and intelligent.
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Shoshana, May 31, 2010 (view all comments by Shoshana)
Obama's autobiography to 1995. It's a little dry at times, though all of the content is interesting. Since he wrote it before his presidential bid, it's much less guarded/sanitized than it could have been if written later. He describes a lot of the phenomena associated with being black or multiracial in the U.S., and some of the ways that colonialism affected Africans. I could see teaching with it in a graduate diversity course.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400082773
Author:
Obama, Barack
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Author:
Obama, Barack
Author:
Various
Author:
Kennedy, Patrick J
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Racism
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Obama, Barack
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Presidents
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
August 2004
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 pp b/w photos for insert
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in 1.00 lb

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"Review" by , "[A] poignant, probing memoir of an unusual life....Obama leaves some lingering questions — his mother is virtually absent — but still has written a resonant book."
"Review" by , "Obama argues with himself on almost every page of this lively autobiographical conversation....Obama is candid about racism and poverty and corruption, in Chicago and in Kenya. Yet he does find community and authenticity..."
"Review" by , "Fluidly, calmly, insightfully, Obama guides us straight to the intersection of the most serious questions of identity, class, and race."
"Review" by , "Obama's writing is incisive yet forgiving. This is a book worth savoring."
"Synopsis" by , The son of a black African father and white American mother discusses his divided ancestry and his place in America's racial society, analyzing the demands of racial identity and culture, multiculturalism, and the quest for his own racial identity.
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