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A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mother

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A major publishing event: an unprecedented look into the life of the woman who most singularly shaped Barack Obama-his mother.

Barack Obama has written extensively about his father, but little is known about Stanley Ann Dunham, the fiercely independent woman who raised him, the person he credits for, as he says, what is best in me. Here is the missing piece of the story.

Award-winning reporter Janny Scott interviewed nearly two hundred of Dunham's friends, colleagues, and relatives (including both her children), and combed through boxes of personal and professional papers, letters to friends, and photo albums, to uncover the full breadth of this woman's inspiring and untraditional life, and to show the remarkable extent to which she shaped the man Obama is today.

Dunham's story moves from Kansas and Washington state to Hawaii and Indonesia. It begins in a time when interracial marriage was still a felony in much of the United States, and culminates in the present, with her son as our president- something she never got to see. It is a poignant look at how character is passed from parent to child, and offers insight into how Obama's destiny was created early, by his mother's extraordinary faith in his gifts, and by her unconventional mothering. Finally, it is a heartbreaking story of a woman who died at age fifty-two, before her son would go on to his greatest accomplishments and reflections of what she taught him.

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The New York Times bestseller-an unprecedented look into the life and character of the woman who raised a president.

Barack Obama has written extensively about his father but credited his mother for "what is best in me." Still, little is known about this fiercely independent, spirited woman who raised the man who became the first biracial president of the United States. This book is that story.

In A Singular Woman, award-winning New York Times reporter Janny Scott tells the story of this unique woman, Stanley Ann Dunham, who broke many of the rules of her time, and shows how her fierce example helped influence the future president-and can serve as an inspiration to us all.

About the Author

Janny Scott was a reporter for The New York Times from 1994 to 2009, when she left to write this book. She was a member of the Times reporting team that won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.

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SandyPP, August 22, 2012 (view all comments by SandyPP)
It's hard to believe how little this amazing woman is known and part of our political conversation. Yes, she did pass on idealism to her son but she was also an accomplished important person in her own right with a story worth reading for it's own sake. She was a natural feminist in the best sense of the word. Read to know her son better and read to learn a story of perseverance, creativity and impact.
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writermala, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by writermala)
Most Readers will pick up "A singular woman" because it is a biography of Stanley Ann Dunham who happens to be the mother of the President of the U.S. However, once one begins reading the book, the story is so compelling that one realizes it is Ann who has made Barack Obama who he is. Ann led an extremely interesting life and this story would be most interesting independent of "The Barack Obama factor!" Ann has shown us by her life that "beneath our surface differences, we're all the same."

In the epilogue President Obama acknowledges that his mother "had a naivete` and idealism, that's I suppose, the naive`idealism in me."

Ann is certainly true to the adage "The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world," though ironically she was not always present in her children's lives when they were growing up. All the same, this is a page-turner of a biography!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781594485596
Author:
Scott, Janny
Publisher:
Riverhead Books
Author:
Scott, Janny
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Biography-Political
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Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20120131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.23 x 5.55 x 0.9 in 0.74 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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The New York Times bestseller-an unprecedented look into the life and character of the woman who raised a president.

Barack Obama has written extensively about his father but credited his mother for "what is best in me." Still, little is known about this fiercely independent, spirited woman who raised the man who became the first biracial president of the United States. This book is that story.

In A Singular Woman, award-winning New York Times reporter Janny Scott tells the story of this unique woman, Stanley Ann Dunham, who broke many of the rules of her time, and shows how her fierce example helped influence the future president-and can serve as an inspiration to us all.

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