Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

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Crown/Archetype, Jan 9, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 464 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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User Review  - infjsarah - LibraryThing

Interesting but a little depressing at times. He's very honest and the thought that he might get to be US President had obviously never entered his head. There is too much detail at some points but it is meant to be a memoir and not a novel. Read full review

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User Review  - wagner.sarah35 - LibraryThing

Written years before Obama's presidency, this was an interesting book to read as Obama's final term in the White House ended and Donald Trump's began. This story provides clues to Obama's early life ... Read full review

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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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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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