Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance


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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. photos. High school & older.

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Judith K

Jul 21, 2020

Terrific background to a man who gave much

Barack Obama had a childhood that ranged from Bali to Hawaii; struggling to find himself. He attended college in Hawaii then switched, ending up at Harvard Law. Many of his doubts growing up as a biracial child, living with his American grandparents, meeting his Kenyan grandfather only twice, once when he was 8, left him with questions about his family in Kenya and took him on a trip there with his half-sister. Before that he worked in community development in Chicago, under hard circumstances but persevered for 3 years. And he promised to return, which he did. The trip to Kenya was mind opening, and this reader feels that Obama was the most trained, ready to lead President the USA has ever had. Look forward to his later books as this only goes to the beginning of his political life.


May 9, 2016


I read this book before but lost it! I was happy to finish again!


Apr 30, 2010

Misplaced Dreams

I voted for Obama, but was disappointed in his views. Not what you would think of for our President..


Aug 29, 2009


I don't even feel as if I should give this any type of star rating but I am required so I give it 2 stars. A bit disappointing for me and maybe it was because of Obama's narration...I'm just not sure. It just seemed to drone on and on for me and when I got to the part I was looking forward to (Obama travelling back to Africa) I realized I wasn't really listening anymore so I just decided to stop (and I only had 1.5 CDs to go). I was also a little turned off by the "unofficial" campaign blurb he gave in the first 3 tracks before the narration began--not necessary to the story. Too bad, I was looking forward to this one but maybe I just couldn't relate or perhaps I would have done better if I'd experienced this as a printed media rather than an audio one. Still, as he is our current president I would still recommend to others to read (but not listen to).


Aug 21, 2009

Give insight into the live and experiences lived by our president

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