Dreams From My Father (Paperback)
By: Barack Obama
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.
Barack Obama was elected the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. Born in 1961 to a white American woman and a black Kenyan student, Obama was reared in Hawaii by his mother and her parents. So Obama's not-unhappy youth is nevertheless a lonely voyage to racial identity, tensions in school, struggling with black literature with a month-long visit when he was 10 from his commanding father. After college, Obama became a community organizer in Chicago. He slowly found place and purpose among folks of similar hue but different memory, winning enough small victories to commit himself to the work. Obama leaves some lingering questions but still has written a resonant book.
- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Three Rivers Press (August 10, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400082773
- ISBN-13: 978-1400082773
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