[ Pdf Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance ¼ jewellery PDF ] by Barack Obama ✓ In the introduction, Obama writes that looking back on this book after the passage of over a decade, he winces at inelegant phrasing, and wishes that he could excise perhaps fifty of its four hundred and fifty pages That s the kind of self critique with which this book abounds honest and very deliberately even handed It s a critique I agree with, by the way Obama has a tendency to go off on slight rhetorical flights which may sound good when delivered in a speech, but which need to be tempered somewhat when confined to the page but those quibbles aside, I thought this was an astoundingly well written memoir, especially given the fact that it was written by someone then only in his thirties So few politicians have the ability to write with such vivid clarity and such honesty.
I found his discussion of the intersections of race, politics, and culture in modern America to be very interesting, particularly since I am from a country which doesn t have a history of absorbing many people of other racial backgrounds, but which is beginning to be forced to face its own latent racism thanks to a growing tide of modern immigration It was compelling and thought provoking many times I caught myself thinking But and then wondering why I had that reaction, why my own defensiveness, and unpacking some of that while I read took time The opening half of the book, in which Obama describes his childhood and his experiences in college and working in Chicago, interested me the most perhaps, I think, because he was very good at showing the ways in which he was situated within wider white American culture, and the difficulties and the confusions and the hurts that this had caused him and the black community I thought the latter half, set in Africa, wobbled a little because it displayed a self indulgence that Obama had not previously been prone to, and because for all that Obama examined his relationship to Africa in terms of his own blackness, he seemed curiously unwilling to do so in terms of his own Americanness.
There s one strange thing I noticed Obama, in what I ve seen of him in interviews and on television, has always seemed to be very charming and very personable, with a ready wit Very little of that came across in this book he didn t seem to laugh at himself very much intelligent and personable, yes, but some of the spark of charisma was missing I wonder how much of that is selective editing, how much the influence of the topic of his memoir, and how much because he would slowly grow into the person we see now over the course of the last decade.
Forget for a moment who the author has become This is not a book written by a politician or a would be president It s a book that was written by someone who subsequently became those things For that reason, it s a very honest account of an American coming to terms with who he is and where he s from As a bonus, Obama happens to be an excellent writer He has a good sense of how to fashion an interesting narrative, so his personal story is very engaging.
As a normal part of becoming an adult, a boy at some point begins to look critically at, and compare himself to, his father And if that father was physically or emotionally absent, it may be even true and a important rite of passage Obama s account of his own search for his missing father is compelling and it is one that many men can relate to And for that reason it is also a book that should be read by women who want to understand men.
Beyond issues of men and their fathers, Obama also relates his struggle for identity as a black man in a white family in the 1970s, as a boy being raised by his single mother and grandparents, as a teenager making decisions about drugs, and a host of other issues.
In short, this is a great book club book because there are so many broad themes that can be catalysts for discussion.
Whether or not you re a fan of this president s politics, challenge yourself to look beyond that and discover the richness in this important memoir.
Nine Years Before The Senate Campaign That Made Him One Of The Most Influential And Compelling Voices In American Politics, Barack Obama Published This Lyrical, Unsentimental, And Powerfully Affecting Memoir, Which Became A New York Times Bestseller When It Was Reissued In Dreams From My Father Tells The Story Of Obama S Struggle To Understand The Forces That Shaped Him As The Son Of A Black African Father And White American Mother A Struggle That Takes Him From The American Heartland To The Ancestral Home Of His Great Aunt In The Tiny African Village Of Alego Obama Opens His Story In New York, Where He Hears That His Father A Figure He Knows As A Myth Than As A Man Has Died In A Car Accident The News Triggers A Chain Of Memories As Barack Retraces His Family S Unusual History The Migration Of His Mother S Family From Small Town Kansas To The Hawaiian Islands The Love That Develops Between His Mother And A Promising Young Kenyan Student, A Love Nurtured By Youthful Innocence And The Integrationist Spirit Of The Early Sixties His Father S Departure From Hawaii When Barack Was Two, As The Realities Of Race And Power Reassert Themselves And Barack S Own Awakening To The Fears And Doubts That Exist Not Just Between The Larger Black And White Worlds But Within HimselfPropelled By A Desire To Understand Both The Forces That Shaped Him And His Father S Legacy, Barack Moves To Chicago To Work As A Community Organizer There, Against The Backdrop Of Tumultuous Political And Racial Conflict, He Works To Turn Back The Mounting Despair Of The Inner City His Story Becomes One With Those Of The People He Works With As He Learns About The Value Of Community, The Necessity Of Healing Old Wounds, And The Possibility Of Faith In The Midst Of AdversityBarack S Journey Comes Full Circle In Kenya, Where He Finally Meets The African Side Of His Family And Confronts The Bitter Truth Of His Father S Life Traveling Through A Country Racked By Brutal Poverty And Tribal Conflict, But Whose People Are Sustained By A Spirit Of Endurance And Hope, Barack Discovers That He Is Inescapably Bound To Brothers And Sisters Living An Ocean Away And That By Embracing Their Common Struggles He Can Finally Reconcile His Divided InheritanceA Searching Meditation On The Meaning Of Identity In America, Dreams From My Father Might Be The Most Revealing Portrait We Have Of A Major American Leader A Man Who Is Playing, And Will Play, An Increasingly Prominent Role In Healing A Fractious And Fragmented Nation In early 2017, for many people in the U.
S and abroad, Obama nostalgia is real and rampant I used the moment to look back at Barack Obama before he was president, before he was a US Senator and a state senator for Illinois, and discover the making of the man in his memoir Dreams from My Father Overall, I d give this 3.
5 stars and round up to 4 stars I very much enjoyed parts of Obama s journey to adulthood, especially his childhood in Hawaii and Indonesia which I found interesting and well written, and while the later chapters detailing the consuming, difficult work of community organizing in Chicago and then meeting his extended family in Kenya prior to beginning law school also offer great insight, they are a bit less structurally sound, peppered with rhetoric, less narrative oriented than the previous chapters But it s a fascinating glimpse at the early life of the 44th president in his own words, and I enjoyed seeing the anecdotal threads that connected to Obama s personality and policies during his presidency And his meditations on race relations and his own personal struggle with identity were enlightening, and I personally found it intriguing and answered some questions I d had about Obama s self categorization as being black, and not biracial.
Above all though, you get a firsthand glimpse of the young Barry Obama becoming Barack, and what it meant to be a biracial and a black man coming of age in the 60s, 70s and early 80s His writing and he are intelligent and compassionate, but sometimes the writing style can turn a bit self indulgent or smug, a criticism lobbed during Obama s presidency but much subdued than in Dreams with My Father, showing the progress and maturity of a man comfortable in his own intelligence and skin He writes of his rage and his anger, but also his vulnerability and fear, of and for himself, and of and for the world he inhabits, and sometimes neither party knows quite what to do with each other I both understood and was puzzled by some of his feelings of loathing and anger towards himself and US society I too am a biracial American with a black father and a white mother, though female and with two American parents born and raised, and I personally could connect with various aspects of his struggle and the larger struggle of the black community But I ve never had to face a choice or confusion over what race to be or how to identify myself I was raised to think of myself as both black and white, as biracial When Obama was first elected and I discovered he identified himself as black, I accepted that as his right, but was mildly disappointed he hadn t seized a moment to show other multiracial children and adults that the world doesn t or shouldn t require them to pick a side, so to speak, that we can represent and be part of both all races equally But reading his memoir, and seeing just how different it can be to be a biracial child of the 60s to late 70s, versus me, born in the late 80s coming of age in the 90s and 00s, I definitely got a much better, fuller, deeper understanding of how, where and why Obama came to his own self identification that still allowed for the embrace of his diverse background I hadn t heard of Obama or Dreams from My Father when it was first published in 1995 like most Americans, plus I was nine , and while I was well aware of the book in 2004 when it was re released just after his famous DNC keynote address, I just never ended up reading it Reading it now, over two decades after it was first published, I ve gained a much better appreciation both for Barack Obama, President, but even so Barack Obama, person, and even if the version we meet in Dreams with My Father is simply a snapshot in time, the major elements of all the best attributes and actions of Obama are visible And even if I had some occasional issues with the writing, tone, pacing, I overall found this a worthy read, informative and entertaining and thought provoking It was a privilege to read through Obama s very personal struggles and difficulties and feel his compassion for others, knowing what path that man would take, and it s a fantastic story from being estranged from the world, he would go on to lead it.
I listened to this audiobook in the waning days of Obama s presidency Dreams from My Father is about Obama s family, his childhood, and how he got his start in community organizing in Chicago.
Some of my favorite stories were about Barack s grandparents, his memories of his mother and father, and finally, his visit to Kenya to meet his African relatives It was interesting to read this memoir, first published in 1995, and to recognize all that Obama has accomplished since writing it The audio file included Obama s keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, which is just as powerful as when I first heard it 12 years ago It was inspiring to listen to Obama read his story, and I d heartily recommend it.
Great read about understanding and finding out his past upbringing,life and history etc paperback This is one of those books that I want to buy for everyone I know Apart from any of the political ideas in the book or whether or not one is excited by his presidency, Obama is a fantastic writer this is one of the best memoirs I have ever read Apart from an occasional slip into melodramatic prose very occasional, and certainly less than the average memoir , the prose balanced clarity and description, and Obama very consciously keeps from slipping into nostalgia or over idealizing any time in his life or place he visits After his terms in office note the optimistic plural , he could easily have a career as an author Had he never become president, or even entered politics, this would be a book worth reading, and one of the best modern coming of age stories out there Slipping from review into personal politics, reading this book was exhilarating Like much of his base, I ve been a fan of Obama s ever since the 04 Convention I was actually voting for Richardson yes, I was part of that 2% of the electorate up until Obama gave his speech on race last March, when I decided not only would he make a good president, but that America NEEDED Obama Still, I never read any of his writing didn t want to be too rabid, and even know I know that, over the next eight years he will disappoint me, make compromises, and have to be part of the political machine I was excited enough to travel do get out the vote on election day and to brave D.
C for the inauguration, and yet reading this book made me even MORE excited that this man is our president Because he gets it us, America, blacks, whites, working class people, intellectuals, immigrants The fact that a man who has had the thoughts he puts in this book, who has struggled with coming of age as a young black man, who has loved his white mother, organized in the projects of Chicago, struggled in school, and travelled to Africa is running our country is amazing His insights on race, history, identity, and class are some of the most nuanced and astute I ve read he understands how his white grandfather could be both a well intentioned progressive and yet involuntarily racist at the same time how young black men can be both victims of and perpetuators of the myths of masculinity and race that ensnare them how most people are actually good but that being good isn t necessarily enough to escape the weight of history and mutual misunderstanding.
Whether you have a huge crush on Obama like myself , are restrained, or even didn t vote for him, you owe it to yourself to read this book, to better understand where the man who is now our President is coming from.
Did Barack Obama write this book himself Man, it was so full of cliches that I almost threw it against the wall, had it not belonged to the library The most interesting parts take place out of the U.
S Too much concentration on frustrated black man syndrome, trying to find a black community and not enough for me on how he fared within this community as mixed Even though HE chose one ethnicity over another, I want to know how he was treated because other people take notice of a mixture within a person As a book, I think the writing was lacking greatly and overall, it just moved really slowly, especially, as I said, when he was in the U.
read by Barack Obama An oldie but goodie It was wonderful listening to Obama He s so cordialand.
ordinary and extraordinary I especially loved when Obama talked about his mother I laughed when mom forced Obama to eat his breakfast each day before school with Obama rolling his eyes as if it was torture I could relate I did everything I could to get out of eating breakfast as a kid but where my mother just gave up and went back to bed Obama s mother gave him the evil eye and made him eat and said listen buster, it s no picnic for me either At the very beginning of this audiobook which has been updated since the book was first written.
Obama says if he were to have written this book today he may have written the entire thing about his mother There is not a day that goes by that he does not miss her.
Obama s mother is a woman I would have liked to have met She was an exceptional woman and it s no accident that she raised a brilliant son She took her job as parenting as serious as any parent had.
she was always teaching.
about integrity morals honesty fairness straight talk independent thought safety healthy habits and the value of a great education.
It was common for Obama s mother to stop whatever they were doing and say things like this If you re going to grow into a decent human being you re going to need some values She believed thoughtful people could shape their own destiny she was not a religious person but had good common sense.
It was through Obama s mother where he learned about his absent fathers valuesNo matter how poor his father was, his mother tells Obama , he was a man of integrity Obama was raised to inherit the best characteristics of his father Hallelujah Obama said he had no choice but to be a decent moral man it was in his genes.
Ohhhhh how I miss Obama being our President GREAT AUDIOBOOK With Barack Obama running for president, I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at who this candidate was I had been warned by another friend not a Obama supporter, I should note that it was poorly written and its message unclear This perplexed me a bit since that had been contrary to what it seemed like everyone had been saying.
Well, I, on the other hand, found it a completely absorbing read It s well written and an interesting story I wish everyone could read it there are so many misunderstandings about Barack s life While I m sure there are parts that have been changed, dramatized, shifted around, the theme behind the events that Barack chronicles is evident It s the story of a boy trying to comprehend who he is, to reconcile with the fact that he looks undeniably different than his mother and grandparents, to cope with the mysterious, absent figure that is his father.
The book provides a better understanding of not only Barack Obama s life, but a greater understanding of who Barack Obama is and why he is the way he is This book, of course, only presents one side of who Barack Obama is and the side that Obama presents himself So, as with all autobiographies, I took it with a grain of salt But after reading it, I had a much greater respect for him he worked for years as a community organizer, and it wasn t until I read his book that I realized how hard that work was.
Barack Obama has led a life no one else could really understand, but everyone can relate to in some capacity I know one of the arguments against him as president is that he doesn t have a lot of experience in office, but after reading this book, one might argue that he has plenty of experience in far important areas that would serve him better if he were elected.