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Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

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Barack Obama

7 Hours 10 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

May 2005

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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 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 at last reconciles his divided inheritance.

Pictured in lefthand photograph on cover: Habiba Akumu Hussein and Barack Obama, Sr. (President Obama's paternal grandmother and his father as a young boy). Pictured in righthand photograph on cover: Stanley Dunham and Ann Dunham (President Obama's maternal grandfather and his mother as a young girl).

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  • Gilbert Sanchez

    Watched "Barry" on Netflix, and some of the story was said to be taken from this book. I liked the movie and loved this book. Wish I would of listened to this book a long time ago and get to know our 44th President of the United States. Going to miss him!

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  • nab6215

    Barack Obama's Dreams from My Father took the reader on Barack's reconciliation of who he thought his father was with who his father actually was. I listened to the book and was happily surprised at the range of President Obama narration. The book ended with a message of hope, especially hope for the United States of America. I look forward to listening to his next book.

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  • Gayle Brossard Mahoney

    Awesome, thanks! Pure heart. Kind. Strong and gentle intelligence.

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  • Jack Carrasco

    This book was great. Obama's story is just so inspiring, even if members of my party think it's fake. Even as a die-hard conservative, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I went into this book to look at it objectively, with some conservative leaning thoughts. I also went into it thinking that racism does not exist anymore. I went into it thinking people of color were overreacting, and that only a select few are racists now. Boy was I wrong, and my outlook on the issue has severely changed. I've learned so much from then Senator Obama. Even if you are conservative, you should read this too!

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  • nancing

    In the hands of great writer, this story could have been magnificent. Alas, Obama's pragmatism and over-controlled (and depressed?) personality shine through in his writing style. The facts of his life and motivations are compelling and fascinating. They will ring true to many of us who were raised in multi-cultural/national/faith families. But if you were expecting a tale of obstacles overcome, of universal insights learned, you will be heartily disappointed (and even outright bored at times). While his speeches are characterized by optimism, lyricism and enthusiasm, his book, surprisingly, falls flat. If you want to know more about our president, "read" it. Just not with baited breath.

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  • erinspottery

    I think if you are for Obama, or against, white or black, republican or democrat, male or female, poor or rich -- you need to listen to this book. It is help on all sides of the judges table to help us not only understand our president, but to also understand each other.

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  • Anonymous

    I read/listened to this before the election and it changed my mind --I voted for him! Good insight into our next president!

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  • Jean

    I think this is one of the best books I have read in a long time. I think it is important that this was written before Obama became a politician and would be thinking of the image he wants to portray. He did a fantastic job as reader. Everyone should read his two books before they vote for or against him this fall. It was great they add his speech at the Democratic convention. I think that was one of the best political speeches in recent time was great to hear it again. This is a must read for everyone.

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  • John G

    Great book!

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  • Andrea S

    Todos somos extranjeros en tierras lejanas pero nuestras almas tienen raíces y eso nos hace ser parte de cualquier nación.

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