Dreams From My Father

Dreams From My Father : A Story of Race and Inheritance

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The son of a black African father and a white American mother, Obama was only two years old when his father walked out on the family. Many years later, Obama receives a phone call from Nairobi: his father is dead. This sudden news inspires an emotional odyssey for Obama, determined to learn the truth of his father's life and reconcile his divided inheritance. Written at the age of thirty-three, Dreams from my Father is an unforgettable read. it illuminates not only Obama's journey, but also our universal desire to understand our history, and what makes us the people we are.
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  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 136 x 215 x 33mm | 490g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Main
  • 1847670911
  • 9781847670915
  • 347,781

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Obama's writing is characterised throughout by a graceful eloquence, a generosity of perception and spirit rare in young men of many gifts and charisma...here is a testimony for the ages. -- Candace Allen * * Independent * * Whatever else people expect from a politician, it's not usually a beautifully written personal memoir steeped in honesty. Barack Obama has produced one. -- Oona King * * The Times * * This may be the best-written memoir ever produced by an American politician. -- Joe Klein * * Time * * Obama has written a memoir . . . that evokes the anguish of miscegenation yet culminates in a cry of faith in human community . . . Obama is a born narrator, with a mastery of colour, scene and personality, deftly stirring them into the melting pot of a shared American identity. Rarely has that identity found so vivid a portraitist. -- Simon Jenkins * * Sunday Times * *
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About Barack Obama

Barack Obama was born in Honolulu in 1961. In his early twenties he found his vocation working among poor communities on the south side of Chicago. Later he went to law school at Harvard University, where he became the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. In 1995 he published his memoir Dreams from My Father, which became a bestseller soon after it was reissued in 2004. After returning to Chicago, he was elected to the Illinois State Senate in 1996.

Barack Obama delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, and later that year he was elected to the US Senate. His second book, The Audacity of Hope, was published in 2006 and became an immediate bestseller. In November 2008 Senator Obama beat John McCain to become the 44th President of the United States of America. He is married to Michelle, with whom he has two daughters, Sasha and Malia.
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"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!"show more
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