He really did his background research. Chock full of details from the Presidents background...before he ran for President. Almost zero political info, but very clear background on the influences on his life.
The intriguing details in this book of Obama's life prior to his entry into politics were a result of amazingly intricate research. Even street addresses of relatively minor characters are given, and many of Obama's far flung friends and family who are still alive were interviewed. These details were woven into a well told story that provided an intimate picture of the young man and insight into his present character. I have just acquired Dreams from my Father and, at this point, cannot decide which book should be read first. It is obvious from gentle comments in Maraniss' book that Obama's account of his life is told from the bias that is inevitable in personal memories of the past. This is true of everyone. I now plan to read other books by Obama himself.
Of course Obama himself was my favorite, but the stories involving his mother totally changed my view of her. Maraniss enables the reader to understand even flawed characters.
I have not, but his performance was excellent. I believe that only he could have pronounced the exotic names of people and places with such fluency
My reaction was not extreme other than the enjoyment I had in listening to it
Confessions of St. Augustine
A lot more that anyone could possibly want to know
This whole experiment with socialism is almost over.
Also could have been titled or perhaps "Requiem of a Light-Weight" of even "So What, Who Cares".