Dreams from My Father

Dreams from My Father

Barack Obama / May 24, 2020

Dreams from My Father This is an alternate cover edition of ISBN Before Barack Obama became a politician he was among other things a writer Dreams from My Father is his masterpiece a refreshing revealing p

  • Title: Dreams from My Father
  • Author: Barack Obama
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 373
  • Format: Paperback
  • This is an alternate cover edition of ISBN 9781921351433.Before Barack Obama became a politician he was, among other things, a writer Dreams from My Father is his masterpiece a refreshing, revealing portrait of a young man asking the big questions about identity and belonging.The son of a black African father and a white American mother, Obama recounts an emotional odyssThis is an alternate cover edition of ISBN 9781921351433.Before Barack Obama became a politician he was, among other things, a writer Dreams from My Father is his masterpiece a refreshing, revealing portrait of a young man asking the big questions about identity and belonging.The son of a black African father and a white American mother, Obama recounts an emotional odyssey He retraces the migration of his mother s family from Kansas to Hawaii, then to his childhood home in Indonesia Finally he travels to Kenya, where he confronts the bitter truth of his father s life and at last reconciles his divided inheritance.

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      • Barack Obama

        Barack Obama was the 44th President of the United States of America He was the first African American to be elected President of the United States and was the first to be nominated for President by a major U.S political party He was the junior U.S Senator from Illinois from 2005 until he resigned on November 16, 2008, following his election to the Presidency.Barack Obama is the son of Barack Obama, Sr and Ann Dunham He graduated from Columbia University in 1983, then moved to Chicago in 1985 to work for a church based group seeking to improve living conditions in poor neighborhoods plagued with crime and high unemployment In 1991, Obama graduated from Harvard Law School where he was the first African American president of the Harvard Law Review In addition to his work as a community organizer, Obama practiced as a civil rights attorney before serving three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004 He also taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004 During his eight years in the Illinois State Senate, Obama worked with both Democrats and Republicans to help working families get ahead by creating programs like the state Earned Income Tax Credit, which in three years provided over 100 million in tax cuts to families across the state Obama also pushed through an expansion of early childhood education, and after a number of inmates on death row were found innocent, Senator Obama enlisted the support of law enforcement officials to draft legislation requiring the videotaping of interrogations and confessions in all capital cases.As a member of the Democratic minority in the 109th Congress, he helped create legislation to control conventional weapons and to promote greater public accountability in the use of federal funds He also made official trips to Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa During the 110th Congress, he helped create legislation regarding lobbying and electoral fraud, climate change, nuclear terrorism, and care for returned U.S military personnel.President Obama is especially proud of being a husband and father of two daughters, Malia and Sasha President Obama and his wife, Michelle, married in 1992 and have a home in Chicago s South Side.


    393 Comments

    1. 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 Father.Here’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 [...]


    2. Audiobook.ad by Barack Obama An oldie but goodie:It was wonderful listening to Obama. He’s so cordiald .ordinary and extraordinary!I especially loved when Obama talked about his mother. I laughed when ‘mom’ forced Obama to eat his breakfast each day before school —with Obama rolling his eyes as if it was torture ( I could relate - I did everything I could to get out of eating breakfast as a kid). but where my mother just gave up and went back to bed — Obama’s mother gave him the evil [...]


    3. 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 saying.Well, 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 m [...]


    4. In early 2017, for many people in the U.S. and abroad, Obama nostalgia is real and rampant. I used the moment to look back at Barack Obama before he was president, before he was a US Senator and a state senator for Illinois, and discover the making of the man in his memoir Dreams from My Father. Overall, I'd give this 3.5 stars and round up to 4 stars. I very much enjoyed parts of Obama's journey to adulthood, especially his childhood in Hawaii and Indonesia which I found interesting and well-wr [...]



    5. Forget for a moment who the author has become. This is not a book written by a politician or a would-be president. It's a book that was written by someone who subsequently became those things. For that reason, it's a very honest account of an American coming to terms with who he is and where he's from. As a bonus, Obama happens to be an excellent writer. He has a good sense of how to fashion an interesting narrative, so his personal story is very engaging.As a normal part of becoming an adult, a [...]


    6. I listened to this audiobook in the waning days of Obama's presidency. Dreams from My Father is about Obama's family, his childhood, and how he got his start in community organizing in Chicago.Some of my favorite stories were about Barack's grandparents, his memories of his mother and father, and finally, his visit to Kenya to meet his African relatives. It was interesting to read this memoir, first published in 1995, and to recognize all that Obama has accomplished since writing it. The audio f [...]



    7. This is one of those books that I want to buy for everyone I know. Apart from any of the political ideas in the book or whether or not one is excited by his presidency, Obama is a fantastic writer -- this is one of the best memoirs I have ever read. Apart from an occasional slip into melodramatic prose (very occasional, and certainly less than the average memoir), the prose balanced clarity and description, and Obama very consciously keeps from slipping into nostalgia or over-idealizing any time [...]


    8. What a thought-provoking book! The book is split into three sections (Origins, Chicago and Kenya). I tried splitting up my reading of it in roughly the same manner since it's easier for me to get through a non-fiction book if I intersperse it with fiction.I think each section left me with a different series of questions. Origins left me thinking about community: its value, how we choose it, are chosen by it, and what it means to be within and without community. Origins also made me ponder how ch [...]


    9. In the introduction, Obama writes that looking back on this book after the passage of over a decade, he winces at inelegant phrasing, and wishes that he could excise perhaps fifty of its four hundred and fifty pages. That's the kind of self-critique with which this book abounds—honest and very deliberately even-handed. It's a critique I agree with, by the way—Obama has a tendency to go off on slight rhetorical flights which may sound good when delivered in a speech, but which need to be temp [...]


    10. قرأت هذا الكتاب بناء على نصيحة من حكيم، وإلى اليوم أشعر بالسعادة لأنني قرأته، كتاب ثمين يستحق القراءة، بل وتجب قراءته من وجهة نظري. كنت قد بدأت في قراءة النسخة الإنجليزية ولكن اتضح لي بأنها صعبة جدا فقمت بشراء النسخة العربية. الكتاب عبارة عن ثلاثة أجزاء: أوباما طفلا، أوباما م [...]


    11. Did Barack Obama write this book himself? Man, it was so full of cliches that I almost threw it against the wall, had it not belonged to the library. The most interesting parts take place out of the U.S. Too much concentration on frustrated-black-man syndrome, trying to find a black community and not enough (for me) on how he fared within this community as mixed. Even though HE chose one ethnicity over another, I want to know how he was treated because other people take notice of a mixture withi [...]


    12. This is the first of the books written by Barack Obama. He was thirty-three at the time of its publication, a graduate of Harvard Law and practicing in Chicago. Thoughts of a run for the Senate were beginning to coalesce. He was, at this stage, an exacting man. So when he tells us this is a story of race and inheritance, we may be certain it is precisely that.His is a strong and sometimes stiff accounting of life as the son of an African father and a white American mother - that straddle of our [...]


    13. The first publication of this book dates from 1995, when its author was only 34 years, well before his presidential bid and before his first election as senator from Illinois, which limits the risk of hagiographic publications more recent since the text does not cover the real policy of his life. 34 would be short for an autobiography, but that's not really what this is, especially since the story gives an important place to the reflections of a man in search of his place, and his black identity [...]


    14. I started reading this a day after Obama's inauguration. Even though I'm not American, it seemed important to do so, and also I was told that the quality of the writing is at least as impressive and the story.It was published in 1995, shortly after Obama graduated from Harvard Law School and covers his life, or rather his search for identity up till then, in three main sections: childhood in Hawaii, Indonesia and back in Hawaii; working in Chicago and visiting Kenya to visit his father's family. [...]


    15. Book was boring. Lots of redundancy, meaning it was the same topic over and over again…I wouldn’t recommend.


    16. 3.5 stars. It’s difficult for me to rate this memoir because I deeply respect Barack Obama as a person. This comes at a time of deep division in the country and he remains widely appreciated by many yet politically ostracized by some. His legacy has greatly improved the lives of millions of people, but his politics leaves much to be desired. He has undeniably shaped my world views and I have come to regard him as one of the most intelligent men to ever hold that office. Dreams From My Father f [...]


    17. This is quite a remarkable book considering that this individual is now President of the U.S. It was written when he was far removed from the Presidential radar.It is well written and the narrative is very vivid. The book is divided into three sections with very little inter-connectedness between them.The first is about his roots and growing up with his mother and grand-parents – in far flung regions of the world – Hawaii and Indonesia. The second is focused on Chicago and the community work [...]


    18. Have you ever read a book that just made you flat out mad? Well the book “ Dreams of my Father ” by Barack Obama is one those books. This book lacks common sense that ever book should have. It pays so much attention to characters that do not deserve the time of day. Barack makes his life sound unbearable when in reality his life is really easy.First, I feel that Obama is making too much fuss over whether he is white or black. As an interracial child that I am, I feel that all you should know [...]


    19. Even if Obama weren't about to become President, this would be quite a worthwhile book. I wasn't crazy about his style, but he has a lot of interesting things to say, and comes across as a very sympathetic person.


    20. Barack Obama's life not only makes for a great story, it shows a lot about the character of the man telling it--both in the way he tells it, but also in the events that happened and the way he handled them. I am impressed by his level of honesty about himself--he does not paint himself to be pristine, but makes himself very human. It is in this exposure of his vulnerabilities, his fears, his insecurities that he becomes like us--simply human. On that level, we can connect to the story of his lif [...]


    21. Dreams from My FatherI give this a superlative rating because of its clear statement of what it means to be black in a racialized environment, and because of Obama's ability to confront the complexities of his own biracial/multicultural heritage without succumbing to romanticism or denying any aspect of his heritage. He opts for a black identity for the same reason nearly all black/white biracials do -- a white identity isn't possible when you're his color and being white requires a dimmed aware [...]


    22. I really enjoyed reading this book. Barack Obama is revealing his doubts, his fears and questions about who he really is. This book is a trip back to his origins to find answers. My favorite parts were the chapters about his childhood in Hawaii and Indonesia and his trip to Kenya to meet his family. His life was amazing! Neither black, nor white, trying to understand his mother and grandparents But actually for some people more black than white And searching for answers in his African origins Ba [...]


    23. Obama is cerebral and a very good writer. He went a lot of interesting places in this book, all worth following.


    24. كتبه باراك قبل أن يعتلي عرش السلطة ولا علاقة لهذا الكتاب بكونه رئيس أكبر دولة في العالم بل ربما قد يكون سببا في إيصاله لكرسي الرئاسة وفيه ينقل باراك سيرة حياته بين جديه في هاواي ثم ذكرياته مع والدته في إندونيسيا حين تزوجت للمرة الثانية وهناك عاش باراك حياة ريفية عركته الحياة [...]


    25. Reading Senator Obama's book reminded me of Umberto Eco's seminal work, Role of the Reader. (Hazily reminded me, as I read it over 10 years ago.) In the first part of that book, Eco conjures the idea of archetypical readers and discusses the different ways that each reader approaches a text. As I read Dreams from My Father I read it as two different readers. First, I read it as a book lover and critic; second, as a voter. (Listed in order of priority, I must confess.)As a memoir, I thought this [...]


    26. سأل باراك الصغير زوج أمه ذات يوم : (لماذا قتل الرجل ؟)- "لإنه كان ضعيفا "- "هذا كل شئ ؟ " فهز لولو كتفيه و قال: " عادة ما يكون هذا كافيا، فالناس يستغلون ضعف الآخرين، إنهم بالضبط مثل الدول في هذا الأمر ؛ فالرجل القوي يستولي علي أرض الرجل الضعيف ، و يجعل الضعيف يعمل في حقوله، و إذا كانت [...]


    27. The reviews I have perused are about people's feelings about their projections of what Obama means to them. Reviewers are sharing their feelings about the symbolism of Obama, and not reviewing the book. And as a symbol - wow - what a wide variety of feelings from far extremes he represents.Thirteen years ago I read this out of curiosity. We just weren't sure what he would have to say. At the time it wasn't exactly a bestseller. But it was worth checking out to see if I recognized anyone. He mana [...]


    28. I knew there was no way I'd ever read this whole thing in print, so I listened to the abridged audio book. It's read by the author, and it felt cozy to sit here right in my own home and have Mr. President tell me all about the first 20-some years of his life. This was written way back when "Barry" was elected as the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. I hadn't known it was that old. I'm very glad I listened to this. It really helped me understand what shaped the man who b [...]


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