Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama
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 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).


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About Barack Obama

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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.
 
Published January 9, 2007 by Broadway Books. 466 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, History, War. Non-fiction

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Obama records his interior struggle with precision and clarity as he confronts racism (a high school basketball coach calls a group of black men "niggers'') while maintaining love for his white relatives.

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Elected the first black president of the Harvard Law Review, Obama was offered a book contract, but the intellectual journey he planned to recount became instead this poignant, probing memoir of an un

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Dreams From My Father : A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama Find this on the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Obama's current mega-seller was writ...

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Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama Canongate pounds 12.99 Is America ready for a black President?

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Elected the first black president of the Harvard Law Review, Obama was offered a book contract, but the intellectual journey he planned to recount became instead this poignant, probing memoir of an unusual life.

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Serendipity alone cannot elevate a writing career. And according to Jack Cashill's thesis&a...

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I've read both of President Obama's books, Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope.

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The Washington Post

As readers of the Forbes article know, the central thesis of “2016” is that Obama’s worldview -- his “compass,” as D’Souza calls it -- was largely shaped by the anti-colonialist, anti-white and anti-Christian politics of Obama’s supposedly radical Kenyan father.

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National Review Online

The poor brother is a man the world doesn’t know — George Obama.

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National Review Online

Yesterday I wrote that while the 2012 election will be decided on the state of the economy and whether Americans want four more years of President Obama, it is worth having a discussion of Dreams From My Father and how he told his life story to the American people — and whether that self-portrait...

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National Review Online

America will always be part of the Old World and part of the New, part dream and part reality — that truth is integral to the greatness and the possibility from which Mr. Obama has so richly profited.

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National Review Online

There has been speculation about this which I’ve ignored, no doubt because there are enough policy reasons to oppose Barack Obama and I don’t want to feed into what sounds, at first blush, like Vince Fosteresque paranoia.

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National Review Online

A few months ago, on the Hugh Hewitt show, I was asked to respond to President Obama’s remarks to the National Prayer Breakfast, at which he said that he believed in “living by the principle that we are our brother’s keeper.” And I reprised a bit from my book, After America (out next month in pap...

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The New York Review of Books

I thought of the scenes in Richard Wright’s fiction that present the black barbershop as a place where black people reveal what they really think, because black barbershops are more private even than black bars.

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Annenberg Digital News

Hey, if we’re going to talk about how presidential candidates treated dogs decades ago, let’s talk about how presidential candidates treated dogs decades ago.

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Project MUSE

Thus, his mother's stories about his father's life keep coming back as a leitmotif, the union that goes against the grain inspiring in him the innocent love without taboo that is so necessary in this rainbow nation: "The love of someone who knows your life in the round, a love that will survive d...

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American Thinker

D'Souza, utilizing Obama's first autobiography, Dreams from My Father, takes viewers along for a journey into Obama's upbringing in Hawaii and Indonesia, and then to his alleged self-discovery in Kenya at his father's grave.

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Elephant Journal

I truly believe our descendants will look back, as we look back to Jim Crow, and wonder "what were they thinking?".

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