Synopses & Reviews
Obama's story is one of historic "firsts," from the schools he attended, to the jobs he has taken, to the legislation he has championed. His story is also one of reconciliation, as a son growing up without a father, as an African American in a country that still struggles with racism, as someone who struggles to work beyond the stiffling boundaries of partisian politics. For this man who loves building bridges and playing basketball, there is no greater calling than that of serving the common good, working to change hearts and change structures.
Your students have read about historical U.S. figures in school textbooks. But right now they're living in the midst of history in the making as they watch a man with an unlikely story become one of the most important people in American politics today. Whether or not you agree with his politics, the life of Barack Obama is an inspirational story for anyone who has ever felt abandoned, alone, different, or who has wanted to do great things and make a difference in the world. As teens read this book they'll be encouraged, inspired, and challenged to look at the world around them and see how they can take their own improbable journey to change it.