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Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

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27 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

A warm story of an interesting human being, not a famous person

This is a great book to show the true nature of our President. It was written years ago before he entered politics. It was written by request. A publishing company offered Obama the opportunity to write an autobiography after they heard of his election as the first Afr...
This is a great book to show the true nature of our President. It was written years ago before he entered politics. It was written by request. A publishing company offered Obama the opportunity to write an autobiography after they heard of his election as the first African American President of the Harvard Law review, a relatively conservative publication, and also heard about the interesting life story he had.

A must-read for anyone interested in Obama or politics, on the right, left or center. I recommend the hard cover. The ink and paper is not toxic smelling and the print is easy to read. It is a better deal than the paperback for the money. Great gift. Gave one to my mother and brother who are both republicans and they enjoyed it.

posted by owldog on February 9, 2009

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40 out of 82 people found this review helpful.

Don't know what to say . . .

I had a very difficult time reading through this book. After I finally finished I felt like the whole book was about trying to make 'white people' feel bad about being 'white' and trying to make 'black people' feel like they should blame 'white people' for all the thin...
I had a very difficult time reading through this book. After I finally finished I felt like the whole book was about trying to make 'white people' feel bad about being 'white' and trying to make 'black people' feel like they should blame 'white people' for all the things wrong in the world. It angered me that he writes in the Forward how much he loves his mother and respects her, but it seemed that the whole book he was either criticizing her or not talking about her at all. I didn't understand how he could start out saying what a great influence she was and then not talk about her at all. It sounded to me that he wanted to forget that he even had caucasian relatives. With every turn of the page it what 'white people' this, 'white people' that . . . talk about sterotyping a whole race.

posted by Anonymous on September 2, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2007

    Well-written but lacking

    I got it at the library and read the book because of all the buzz and adoration the author was receiving lately. I found it a sad memoir about a little boy always longing for an absent father. Psychologically speaking, Mr. Obama follows a typical path for those that have absent fathers at a young age. The author barely discusses a mother on whom he seems to have emotionally turned his back, as well as his elders in Hawaii. That doesn't speak well to me of his respect and admiration for the women or elderly in his life. There was not much mention of his time in Africa or what he did there. I found that odd since he was desperate to get there. There's a bit of mystery shrouding his experiences there that left me wanting to know more. It also seemed Obama has never outgrown idealizing his absent father and still puts this major deadbeat Dad on a pedestal. There is almost like a buried anger there at someone looking for an outlet. Overall, I did not care for the book. I felt it attmpted to manipulate the reader into feeling a certain way about the author. It is as if who he is is not who he is, but rather crafted by his psyche as who he wants us to see now.

    30 out of 57 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2008

    Disappointing

    I read this book because I wanted to know more about Obama. I wanted (and expected) to like him, but unfortunately I was disappointed. This book has a very whiny, 'poor me' kind of tone. Not to say that black people don't have a tough time, but there seems to be a lot of blaming 'the white man' and 'white folks' in general. News flash: we 'white folks' don't just sit around plotting how we can make black folks' lives difficult.

    20 out of 44 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2008

    I EXPECTED MORE

    I expected a more balanced, articulate read. Mr. Obama plays the race card early in the book stating that 'white people brought their dogs to the black street to defecate' when he lived in NYC Give me a break. Let's get past this type of nonsense.

    10 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2014

    Traditional family love

    Usually Id give 1 star but since the title implies love of family 2 stars. SG.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    worst politician EVER!

    Worst person ever to have access to the white house!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    Not so great.

    Tedious reading. Some parts were interesting but overall not a great read, wouldn't recommend it.

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  • Posted September 15, 2009

    Obama

    This book was very confusing. The characters were hard to follow. Never got past page 50. Maybe I'll try again later. I am not able to rate this book yet.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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