I'll be honest, I didn't vote for him in 2008, but I did in 2012. I wish I had read this book when he first published it. I learned so much about him as a person. It ends with his keynote speech in 2004. It has definitely left me inspired for my day. I needed to hear this book and be reminded of the America I believe in after the election of 2016. Barack Obama's story gave me just that.
This book was great. I enjoyed the story telling and narration by Mr. Obama. Really interesting life story that provides great insight into life as a biracial person living in the United States and abroad.
I love to learn about the presidents, and doing so from their own autobiographies is my favorite way to do so. Reading this book in the last few weeks of Obama's presidency, my only regret is not getting to it sooner. President Obama has a powerful story that deserves to be listened to, regardless of your political beliefs.
Again, I'm reading this in the last few weeks of his presidency, and the book was written long before he was elected in 2008. With that perspective, a lot of the story was moving to me, but the most moving part was at the end, when his speech as Senator is played. Hearing his words and seeing now who he would become as a president moved me to tears.
The book was a fascinating autobiographical narrative, but I wanted more. he focused predominantly on this time in Indonesia, and Africa and his early career as an organizer. nothing about his life in politics, or about raising a family.
I look forward to the post presidency memoirs.
amazing book- amazing story!
was a little too short, wish it was longer, it does not cover big parts of the book, but can't complain when it's President Obama narrating :-)
definitely worth listening!
There clearly cannot be an easy way to express your thoughts on the complexities of experiencing life and in particular youth as a black man in the U.S. and still Barack Obama has mastered the carpentry of words to the extent that the events he recounts are even relatable to somebody like myself who grew up with all the privileges of being a white male growing up in the Western world. Exceptional read.