I'm one of those people sitting in between liberalism and conservative beliefs, and I was seeking a condensed peek into Obama-- something written by someone else. This book certainly gives a valid historical account of Obama, his parents and their parents. The 5 major parts to the book are smartly divided by the periods of Barack's life.
Of course, any biographical text will likely show support of the man, but I did feel like the book was pretty level-headed, without gushing all over Obama as God's gift to America. It did point out a few peculiar gritty details about the conservative campaign, but it did so without discrediting the writer's work up to that point.
The narration was alright, though the last section was really strangely paced, with long gaps between words that didn't even require punctuation. But hey. It's a non-fiction text, not a fantasy story.
Worth a read, if you're wanting to brush up on some history, instead of reading just another Obama speech.
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