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Dreams from My Father : A Story of Race and Inheri

de Barack Obama

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"[I]n New York ... 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"--Container.… (mais)
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I read this book in January 2010 while I was in hospital being diagnosed with a chronic illness. It was OK, but I thought that it was very sanitized. I don't belive that the Obama fellow from Kenya is Barack Obama's biological father. He was the just the man that Baracks mother married to give her son a father and a name. And yes the mom knew she had slept with a man of african descent (as in an african american) so she grabbed the first gullible african man she could manipulate into marrying her. I would love it if the media can demand that Barack Obama takes a DNA test. He did a great job as President. I am not disssing his presidency. And he is an american because his mother was an american - no matter what Donald Trump says!! ( )
  Robloz | Sep 23, 2021 |
I read it because of this line in Americanah:
“If only the man who wrote this book could be the next president of America." , which I took to be a recommendation.

I'm glad I did, this is so good. He could have been a novelist. Barack, if you are reading this, I have a great idea for a story about robots and you can ghostwrite it for me.


Woo! ( )
  RebeccaBooks | Sep 16, 2021 |
Surprisingly good. I would read another of his books. ( )
  KittyCatrinCat | Aug 29, 2021 |
A touching and personal story about the journey of Barack Obama as he discovers the secrets of his father's life, a father he barely knew before his untimely death in a car accident. Written long before he became a senator, it also focuses on some of Obama's early years in activism, his struggle for racial identity, and the road that eventually led him to connect with his father's family. I found this book insightful, fascinating, and well-written. I throughly enjoyed it. ( )
  TMLbuds34 | Jun 11, 2021 |
I read this before Obama ran for POTUS, and fell in love with him then. ( )
  ssperson | Apr 3, 2021 |
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All men live in the shadow of their fathers -- the more distant the father, the deeper the shadow. Barack Obama describes his confrontation with this shadow in his provocative autobiography, "Dreams From My Father," and he also persuasively describes the phenomenon of belonging to two different worlds, and thus belonging to neither.
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"[I]n New York ... 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"--Container.

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