Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
by Barack Obama
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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.
The only reason I am buying this is because I HAVE to read it and every time I try to read it, I fall asleep!! Unless you have to read this book, don't waste your money-but if you're having trouble sleeping, here's your solution!
Best AudioBook Ever
I know many people who voted for Barack Obama, who say they love him, but who haven't read this book. I tell them that if they had read (heard) this book, they'd only love him that much more. This was written long before he ran for president, and therefore I feel it probably shows more accurately who he is underneath. He's a spectacular person, one in millions, not just brilliant, but a deep thinker. He doesn't react, but chooses to ponder a problem before deciding the best way of handling it. All this comes out in Dreams from My Father. And he has a lovely voice, which doesn't hurt!
Even better to listen to Obama's book than to read it!
I am "reading" Obama's autobiography with my book club. I had read the print version which I thought was brilliant. Listening to Obama read his story is simply remarkable, such a joy. He has an ear for language, for dialect. And in the context of today's vulture-like political culture, this man's understanding of the world and of our country with all it's vissicitudes is astounding. This is a must listen.