Monday, September 1, 2008

Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama

Dreams from My Father by Barack ObamaDreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
Author: Barack Obama
Format: Softcover

Obama, the son of a white American mother and a black African father, writes an elegant and compelling biography that powerfully articulates America's racial battleground and tells of his search for his place in black America.

Barack Obama, a black man, born in 1961 to a white American woman and a black Kenyan student, Obama was reared in Hawaii by his white mother and grandparents, decided to journey to Kenya to learn more about his African father after receiving news of his death.

Throughout the book, the U.S. Senator looks at race from the point of view of someone who has seen and been part of a variety of cultures, and he explains how his perspective shaped his views.

This book was written in 1995, before his election to the Illinois Senate.

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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