Title: Dreams From My Father
Authors: Obama, Barack
Genre: Non Fiction
Pages: 480
Year: 2004
Language: English
Description: The son of a black African father and a white American mother, Barack Obama searches for a meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where he 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 reconciles his divided inheritance. [Taken from book blurb.]

Comments from Groups:

A real insight into [Obama's] search for the African side of his heritage. Well recommended. Napier 021

All enjoyed this book and feel we know the man, and admire him more now. Look forward to books he may write when his presidency ends. Queenstown 005

We were all impressed with the book. Barack (as a young man in 1995) describes so clearly, honestly and painfully what it is to be Barack in a white man's world. Whakatane 005

Great insight, some members 'got lost' in the middle, so not all finished reading it. The best was the latter half. Tauranga 011

Not everyone found it an easy read but thought it an important book ... it was very insightful. Dunedin 006

Categories: Non fiction, Biography, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Human Rights, USA, Blind Foundation book


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By: AUCK 256 2021-09-20 15:48:06
Unfortunately not everyone read it but if they didn't then their husbands did!! An insightful story, well-written and appeared an honest description of his somewhat dysfunctional upbringing. Middle part was a little drawn out. His visit to Kenya to visit relatives was humorous at times.

By: RAWEN 001 2021-09-15 12:25:14
We liked this book. Obama is a good writer and a great thinker. None of our group had ever felt we had not belonged in our society. We had a good discussion just on this point. All keen to read the book he has written since he was President.

By: AUCK 379 2021-02-03 11:48:43
Interesting - for the insight into the man behind the president.

By: PIOPIO 001 2020-05-29 11:11:42
Most agreed the book wasn't a great Covid 19 'lockdown' read and found it challenging and a little drawn out through the middle. Everyone was glad they read it, found it revealing and it generated great discussion, even if we didn't answer the questions! Thoroughly recommended. Obama's notes at the beginning put the book into a better perspective.

By: DUNED 086 2019-01-28 14:57:50
The group overall really enjoyed the book. Some felt it was engaging at the beginning, slow in the middle and picks up again when he makes it to Kenya.

By: WINT 001 2019-01-28 14:56:02
This was a great read. He certainly has the gift of rhetoric. A very clever man. We all enjoyed the book immensely.

By: KATIK 008 2019-01-28 14:54:17
Very interesting and now we have a better understanding of Obama. It was well-written with good descriptions. Not everyone finished it but we all enjoyed what we read. Some found the Chicago section a little too detailed. All enjoyed the Kenya section.

By: AUCK 172 2019-01-28 14:51:43
All agreed this was the best book we have had for ages! Beautifully written, honest and eye-opening. We wish he would write another one!

By: OAMAR 004 2019-01-28 14:50:30
Very good read. So well-written.

By: CHCH 099 2019-01-28 14:49:22
This was an interesting read in that there were a number of different responses to it. Some members were not concerned about completing the book whereas others held on to it to finish. Though well-written, the book did not inspire any of our members to follow Barack Obama's career after entering politics. On the whole we found the read to some extent interesting, especially his time in Chicago, but we thought that there were a number of areas that he could have provided more information - such as his mother and sister. Some members would recommend it.

By: WHANG 004 2019-01-28 14:44:04
A very dense book which took a lot of reading, but we all appreciated the writing, and again we had a very stimulating discussion.

By: WELL 079 2019-01-28 14:42:52
We thought the book was well-written and an amazing insight to the man.

By: WESTO 001 2018-09-20 16:04:06
We found this an interesting read, however only a few in the group managed to finish it. "Too wordy" was a well used expression. Many felt that a book from Obama's mother would have been very interesting, to get her view on events/life.

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