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"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)
I was challenged by an anti-Obama person to read this. I am sure this person never read the book for themselves, but probably read right-winged agenda groups recap of the book. It was supposed to convince me that Obama is anti-America. It's a far stretched claim, in my opinion. I am so glad I read it. If anything this book shows how much Obama values education and being a united nation. He lived a fascinating life.
I have purchased a couple or so books here at Audible critical of President Barack Obama, Ed Klein's "The Amateur" among them.
Now we are in the midst of the campaign for 2016. The past week, Dr. Ben Carson has come under intense scrutiny by the mainstream media for things he wrote about his past that are "allegedly" not accurate. In his defense Dr. Carson stands by the veracity of his claims.
Yesterday it was reported Dr. Carson got 'pretty steamed and denounced the “witch hunt,” saying, “I do not remember this level of scrutiny for one President Barack Obama.” '
Last year I bought the audio version of "Dreams From My Father," narrated by Mr. Obama himself. This morning in my reading over at National Review I was shocked to learn (guess I should not be shocked), Mr. Obama purged every single reference to his Communist mentor, Frank Marshall Davis - who in his 1995 book he called "Frank" - from the 2005 audio version of his book.
Barack Obama wrote the "Dreams from My Father" before entering politics. As a result, he writes a lot more about his early personal life than he would have had he known that every word would be used against him in mass media.
I've read "Dreams from My Father" several times, often to refresh my memory before teaching a college class on Effective Speaking. I mine the memoir for examples of the power of narrative. His stories help me show my students how to craft their own stories, which they then tell to prospective employers, friends, or dates.
Listening to President Obama read his memoir, though, has given me a new perspective on him. In the Audible book, he reveals his acting talents. He gives every person that passes through his life a unique voice, but without ever overplaying his characterizations or falling into campiness. Instead, just by slightly adjusting his pitch and accent, he quickly changes from a white, Jewish union organizer to an old Kenyan auntie to a 15-year-old African American male to his Midwestern grandmother. It's so much fun to listen to!
Inspirational to anyone who desires or seeks to understand their own roots. Never disown your past because it is a significant contributor to your present and future. I recommend the book to international students, immigrants, and refugees who are making America their new home. I have enjoyed the book. It made me laugh as the story is similar many I have heard from many immigrants and minorities in America.
Good book if you want to have more insight about President Obama's history and upbringing. It's interesting hearing about his struggles with family, racial identity, and career.
This is not an autobiography, if that is what you are looking for.
This is an insightful lyrikkal look into the beginnings of rock beginnings. An analysis of his childhood in an attempt to understand what frame to is today. As usual his voice is melodious easy to listen to. You don't have to be a liberal in order to enjoy this. I think it is an interesting look at an interesting man.
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