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READ ✓ 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 hCk Obama learns that his father a figure he knows 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. With Barack Obama running for president I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at who this candidate was I had been warned by another friend not a Obama supporter I should note that it was poorly written and its message unclear This perplexed me a bit since that had been contrary to what it seemed like everyone had been sayingWell I on the other hand found it a completely absorbing read It's well written and an interesting story I wish everyone could read it; there are so many misunderstandings about Barack's life While I'm sure there are parts that have been changed dramatized shifted around the theme behind the events that Barack chronicles is evident It's the story of a boy trying to comprehend who he is to reconcile with the fact that he looks undeniably different than his mother and grandparents to cope with the mysterious absent figure that is his fatherThe book provides a better understanding of not only Barack Obama's life but a greater understanding of who Barack Obama is and why he is the way he is This book of course only presents one side of who Barack Obama is and the side that Obama presents himself So as with all autobiographies I took it with a grain of salt But after reading it I had a much greater respect for him he worked for years as a community organizer and it wasn't until I read his book that I realized how hard that work wasBarack Obama has led a life no one else could really understand but everyone can relate to in some capacity I know one of the arguments against him as president is that he doesn't have a lot of experience in office but after reading this book one might argue that he has plenty of experience in far important areas that would serve him better if he were elected


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 Bara. As Super Tuesday approaches and we try to separate empty promises and strategic moves from real actual thoughts and goals I couldn’t have read a better book than Dreams From My FatherHere’s why even though I didn’t realize it when I picked it up Obama wrote this book over ten years ago when he was fresh out of law school and long before he was worrying about what people wanted to hear It is I think a great way to “get to know” the candidate outside of the media the hype and the confusion that comes along with a presidential bidThe book follows Barack through his childhood in Hawaii and Indonesia his community work in Chicago and his journey to meet his father’s family in Kenya Along the way he has to come to terms with the death of his absent father being raised primarily by his white grandparents you don’t hear about this much and learning the ropes of being a community organizer in inner city ChicagoThe thing that amazed me most about the book was watching Obama 1 work through problems and 2 analyze both sides on an issue These two traits came through in two different ways in the book in personal situations how he comes to understand and accept his troubled father and his Kenyan ancestry and in political situations how he comes to understand the long standing and deep problems facing the urban poorIt would have been very very easy to have bad guys in this book Evil high up government officials who prevent community centers and jobs from reaching the impoverished in Chicago His adulterous and alcoholic father who seemed to abandon his loved ones at every turn But Barack thinks his way through these simple binary goodbad categories and goes far beyond them He is constantly striving to 1 understand situations from all points of view and 2 think his way through to a solution He has an uncanny ability to step away from the emotions of a problem and then systematically chip away at it He understands very well that you have to know why things are as they are before you develop a plan about how to fix itThe best example of this might be his work in Chicago Although it’s unheard of for anyone to criticize the black ministers who organize the urban black communities in Chicago Obama uickly began to understand the huge problems that come with church based activism in black communities Churches would rarely work together to solve larger problems and ministers would rarely do than preach which to be fair is their job The action that should have followed a sermon simply wasn’t organized Because many black leaders were ministers many black leaders were also essentially just talk What followed was three years of work in which Obama not only made major innovative steps in Chicago but in which he also learned how to inspire both individuals and small groups into actionI was also impressed by what Barack Obama didn’t leave out of the book He made a lot of mistakes he deals with a lot of anger and he doesn’t succeed at everything Still you can not only see him learning from his mistakes but immediately applying those lessons to his next challengeThe book as a general read was good as well The writing wasn’t stellar something Obama is uick to point out in the forward to the reprint but it was still much better than one might expect from someone who isn’t primarily a writer Getting to see the inner struggle of a biracial person growing up in 60s and 70s America was also really fascinatingThere are a lot of great candidates in the upcoming election and I feel positive about than two of them But especially after reading this book my doubts about Obama’s lack of experience are gone He has something that trumps years in Washington a stellar judgment and an almost eerie ability to put himself in someone else’s shoes and understand both sides of an issue More than that his ability to inspire individuals to action is something that America could truly benefit from You can even see it in his campaign ordinary people stepping up and acting even if they’ve never been involved in politics beforeI know that after reading his book I donated to a political campaign for the first time in my life He’s nothing less than inspiring

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Dreams From My Father A Story of Race and InheritanceThe 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. Great read about understanding and finding out his past upbringinglife and history etc paperback