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Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

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Nine years before the Senate campaign that made him one of the most influential and compelling voices in American politics, Barack Obama published this lyrical, unsentimental, and powerfully affecting memoir, which became a #1 New York Times bestseller when it was reissued in 2004. Dreams from My Father tells the story of Obama’s struggle to understand the forces that shaped him as the son of a black African father and white American mother—a struggle that takes him from the American heartland to the ancestral home of his great-aunt in the tiny African village of Alego.

Obama opens his story in New York, where he hears that his father—a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man—has died in a car accident. The news triggers a chain of memories as Barack retraces his family’s unusual history: the migration of his mother’s family from small-town Kansas to the Hawaiian islands; the love that develops between his mother and a promising young Kenyan student, a love nurtured by youthful innocence and the integrationist spirit of the early sixties; his father’s departure from Hawaii when Barack was two, as the realities of race and power reassert themselves; and Barack’s own awakening to the fears and doubts that exist not just between the larger black and white worlds but within himself.

Propelled by a desire to understand both the forces that shaped him and his father’s legacy, Barack moves to Chicago to work as a community organizer. There, against the backdrop of tumultuous political and racial conflict, he works to turn back the mounting despair of the inner city. His story becomes one with those of the people he works with as he learns about the value of community, the necessity of healing old wounds, and the possibility of faith in the midst of adversity.

Barack’s journey comes full circle in Kenya, where he finally meets the African side of his family and confronts the bitter truth of his father’s life. Traveling through a country racked by brutal poverty and tribal conflict, but whose people are sustained by a spirit of endurance and hope, Barack discovers that he is inescapably bound to brothers and sisters living an ocean away—and that by embracing their common struggles he can finally reconcile his divided inheritance.

A searching meditation on the meaning of identity in America, Dreams from My Father might be the most revealing portrait we have of a major American leader—a man who is playing, and will play, an increasingly prominent role in healing a fractious and fragmented nation.

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).

Synopsis:

BARACK OBAMA was elected President of the United States on November 4, 2008. He is also the

Synopsis:

The son of an African father and white American mother discusses his childhood in Hawaii, his struggle to find his identity as an African American, and his life accomplishments.

Synopsis:

BARACK 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.

Table of Contents

Originally published: New York : Times Books, c1995. Subsequently published in pbk. with preface and keynote address: New York: Three Rivers Press, 2004. This edition appears without keynote address. Cf. T.p. verso.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307394125
Subtitle:
A Story of Race and Inheritance
Publisher:
Crown Publishers
Author:
Obama, Barack
Author:
Barack, Obama
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography-People of Color
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography-Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : People of Color
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Cultural Heritage
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Racism
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Obama, Barack
Subject:
African American Studies-General
Subject:
Audio Books-Biography
Subject:
Audio Books-History and Politics
Subject:
Audio Books-World Affairs
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Foreign Languages-Chinese
Subject:
Foreign Languages-Vietnamese
Subject:
US History-Obama, Barack
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
US History-US Presidency
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20070109
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
442

Related Subjects

» Biography » General
» Biography » Political
» Biography » Presidents and Heads of State
» History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
» History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Racism and Ethnic Conflict

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Product details 442 pages Crown Publishing Group - English 9780307394125 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , BARACK OBAMA was elected President of the United States on November 4, 2008. He is also the
"Synopsis" by , The son of an African father and white American mother discusses his childhood in Hawaii, his struggle to find his identity as an African American, and his life accomplishments.
"Synopsis" by , BARACK 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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