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Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance | [Barack Obama]

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1995, 2004 Barack Obama; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Grammy Award Winner, Best Spoken Word Album, 2005

"Provocative....Persuasively describes the phenomenon of belonging to two different worlds, and thus belonging to neither." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Fluidly, calmly, insightfully, Obama guides us straight to the intersection of the most serious questions of identity, class, and race." (Washington Post Book World)

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    Ken Draeger SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US 07-19-11
    Ken Draeger SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US 07-19-11 Member Since 2015

    I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.

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    "Care to hear about me?"

    Seems he was given an advance to write about a broader topic, and decided to instead write about himself. I can think of a few others who have done the same, and the world soon learned to wish they had never heard of them. A little too narcissistic for my taste.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ira Pittsburgh, PA, United States 05-26-11
    Ira Pittsburgh, PA, United States 05-26-11
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    "Beautiful"

    Interesting story that also provides great insight into the current president. He is an excellent reader and mimic. Great fun.

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    Chad Newton, NC, United States 06-25-09
    Chad Newton, NC, United States 06-25-09 Listener Since 2008
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    "Just great!"

    Barack Obama is a wonderful writer and a simply fantastic speaker. Very well written and very insightful. A must read for everyone regardless of how you feel politically.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Donald Martinsburg, WV, USA 06-14-09
    Donald Martinsburg, WV, USA 06-14-09
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    "An Excellant Read"

    This is definitely something I will read again and refer to often. Thanks to Barack for sharing with us in his own words and voice.
    I recommend it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Ashburnham, MA, USA 04-07-09
    Kathryn Ashburnham, MA, USA 04-07-09
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    "I'm glad I listened."

    I like the fact that Obama did his own narration. And I really liked the inclusion of his 2000 DNC speech at the end. A bit slow in places; I might not have gotten through the printed version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Bosiljevac san fran, ca 02-28-09
    J. Bosiljevac san fran, ca 02-28-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Very Well-written/read"

    Obama is a very good writer and obviously a great speaker. It's nice to hear him read this book, which was written back before he had to be so politically cautious. It gives a great look into where he came from and what formed his personality and beliefs.

    My only complaint (and I'm new to audio books, so this may be how they all are) is that it's all one giant chapter. I'd like to be able to pick up where I left off at chapter breaks rather than have to skim through on my ipod.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Francine Little Meadows, PA, USA 12-29-08
    Francine Little Meadows, PA, USA 12-29-08
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    "Spokesman for a new beginning"

    Barak Obama is dazzlingly honest and real. I was almost embarrassed to be looking so closely into his young life.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Deniece Las Vegas, NV, USA 11-13-08
    Deniece Las Vegas, NV, USA 11-13-08
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    "Very enlightening!"

    It was amazing to hear how the way that PRESIDENT ELECT OBAMA was raised has shaped the man he has become. I enjoyed this book very much and it was a bonus that it was read (very well!)by the author.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tina Columbus, IN, United States 10-19-08
    Tina Columbus, IN, United States 10-19-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining and enlightening"

    I enjoyed the book. I am not a fan of Obama's political views but I admire his tenaciousness.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    S. Johnston maui, Hawaii 09-21-08
    S. Johnston maui, Hawaii 09-21-08 Listener Since 2005

    maui girl

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    "a case for the brilliance and compassion of Obama"

    This audiobook read by Obama is about a journey through some challenging times. Interesting to note that this book was written in 95, Well before he even thought about running for President. His story is rich with details and vivid characters. If one listens to it (and doesn't just write a phony review to keep him from getting elected) one will find that the term elitist couldn't be further from the truth. He also does a fine job of narrating the material. Bravo!

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful

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