Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

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Crown/Archetype, Jan 9, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 257 pages
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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.


Pictured in lefthand photograph on cover: Habiba Akumu Hussein and Barack Obama, Sr. (President Obama's paternal grandmother and his father as a young boy). Pictured in righthand photograph on cover: Stanley Dunham and Ann Dunham (President Obama's maternal grandfather and his mother as a young girl).


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Great writing - thoughtful, intelligent and eloquent. - Goodreads
Lacked any insight into mixes race issues. - Goodreads
Prose of a poet; unstinting, unblinking. - Goodreads
This is a good introduction to who Obama is. - Goodreads
Part bio, part rich storytelling adventure. - Goodreads
Obama is an articulate, compelling writer. - Goodreads

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It was so fascinating to read about Obama outside his presidency and what his childhood and formative political years were like. It is clear from the book that he is incredibly intelligent and ... Read full review

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This is a wonderful story read by Barack Obama--his story read by him. Oh, my what a gift. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
28
Section 3
53
Section 4
72
Section 5
92
Section 6
113
Section 7
133
Section 8
144
Section 12
223
Section 13
249
Section 14
272
Section 15
299
Section 16
324
Section 17
346
Section 18
367
Section 19
392

Section 9
164
Section 10
187
Section 11
207
Section 20
431
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About the author (2007)

BARACK OBAMA was elected President of the United States on November 4, 2008. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream.


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