Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

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By (author) President Barack Obama

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  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 214mm
  • Publication date: 3 June 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
  • ISBN 10: 1847670911
  • ISBN 13: 9781847670915
  • Sales rank: 181,804

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In this memoir written at the age of 33, Barack Obama, son of a black African father and a white American mother, describes the search for meaning in his life as a black American. He begins in New York where he learns that his father, more a myth than a man to him, has been killed in a car accident. This sudden death inspires an emotional odyssey that sees Obama travel to Kansas, Hawaii and Kenya in search of his family's roots. A memoir that rightfully belongs on the shelves alongside the autobiography of "Malcolm X", "Dreams from My Father" is an unforgettable read.

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BARACK OBAMA is the U.S. senator-elect from Illinois. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Michelle, and daughters, Maia and Sasha. On 10 February 2007 Obama announced his candidacy for the 2008 presidential election.

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By a Book Depository customer 10 Dec 2008 3

"Before picking up this book, i was already interested in finding more about Barack Obama. However, this book suprised me; over and beyond what i expected. What a splendid read!
i found a few parallels between my life and his. As a young british woman of African descent, i really appreciated the candidness and plain truths Obama discussed about his feelings of being black(technically, he is mixed race!). My admiration and respect for Barack Obama has risen exponentially after this book. A page turner. Fabolous read. Buy it and read it. You'll not be disappointed!"

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"[Barack Obama] is that rare politician who can actually write - and write movingly and genuinely." Michiko Kakutani, New York Times "Fluidly, calmly, insightfully, Obama guides us straight to the intersection of the most serious questions of identity, class, and race." Washington Post Book World "Beautifully crafted... moving and candid... this book belongs on the shelf beside works like James McBride's The Color of Winter and Gregory Howard Williams's Life on the Color Line as a tale of living astride America's racial categories.." Scott Turow"