Dream Begins: How Hawaii Shaped Barack Obama [NOOK Book]

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Born and raised in the most multicultural state in the union, United States presidential candidate Barack Obama bears the indelible stamp of his native Hawai'i. Here is a coming-of-age story set in Hawai'i's storied "melting pot"-a revealing look at what makes Obama tick. The social mores of the Aloha State and the experience of growing up in an island culture have had a deep and lasting influence on the candidate. Obama himself has noted, ...
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Overview

Born and raised in the most multicultural state in the union, United States presidential candidate Barack Obama bears the indelible stamp of his native Hawai'i. Here is a coming-of-age story set in Hawai'i's storied "melting pot"-a revealing look at what makes Obama tick. The social mores of the Aloha State and the experience of growing up in an island culture have had a deep and lasting influence on the candidate. Obama himself has noted, "What's best in me, and what's best in my message, is consistent with the tradition of Hawai'i."

Authors Glauberman and Burris offer concise lessons in Hawai'i history to help the reader understand its racial and social climate, and how such an environment could impact a young man like Obama. For, as his wife, Michelle Obama, has said, "You can't really understand Barack until you understand Hawai'i." Interviews with Obama's Punahou School classmates and teachers, as well as others who knew the Senator in his youth, add a personal dimension to the narrative. Obama's paternal and maternal family history and his years in Indonesia are also thoroughly covered.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984421268
  • Publisher: Watermark Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/5/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,259,428
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Foreword vi

Introduction viii

1 Stepping onto a World Stage 1

2 Starting School in Honolulu 7

3 Hawai'i in the Time of Statehood 15

4 A Woman from America, a Man from Africa 29

5 Indonesia's Unity in Diversity 45

6 Barry Meets His Father 58

7 Choosing between Black and White 66

8 Hawai'i in the '70s 82

9 Punahou School, Microcosm of Hawai'i 93

10 Barry O'Bomber, Reserve Forward 100

11 Turbulent Times in High School 106

12 Hawai'i's Multicultural Milieu 116

13 The Lessons of Hawai'i 125

14 The Campaign Seen from Hawai'i 131

15 The Return of the Native Son 136

Sources 143

Index 150

Acknowledgments 151

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2009

    A biography of a different sort.

    I happened upon this offering by accident. I have been excited about this book since I opened it. I am sorry to see that it is not available for purchase at this time. It is informative, not controversial, and a great book to use with students and staff. Obama's win is transformational. Hawaii is a big part of what the 21st century United States will look like. The values of ALOHA and OHANA is one we should all embrace. I am using the book with a group of students in the coming months. I know that it will provide a rich learning experience for the students. Besides, they get to learn all about Hawaii as a bonus.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2008

    Very Informative

    This politically unbiased book takes us through the early years of Barack Obama. It also reaches further back to inform us about his parents and grandparents. ¿The Dream Begins¿¿ is an easy and informative read for both Republicans and Democrats. Stu and Jerry have provided us with a book that doesn't take sides, it tells the story of a man and his families and I appreciate the experience of reading an unbiased book, a book that doesn't berate or denigrate anyone. I found the book fascinating to read and enjoyed every word. I also lived in Hawaii for a few years and the writers brought back to me the day to day reality of living on an Island. The remembering of the Ohana spirit of Hawaii, loosely translated, the family spirit and the learning to get along. The authors were able to relay that spirit to us the readers, the spirit of Hawaii. That is the spirit which I see emanating from Barack Obama as he winds his way through the political process. It seems to me in the year 2008 the world is now an island and we need the Ohana spirit to stretch around the world, our island. Without even reading the writers bio you can tell they live in Hawaii because they just tell it like it was and still is. I found this very enjoyable, informative and refreshing in these tumultuous campaign days.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2008

    Local Boy Makes Good

    This book paints an accurate assessement of the environment that shaped Barack Obama and my life. Growing up in Hawaii I learned a lot from reading this book and can relate to some of the experiences that are described in the book. It was Impressive to see Ronald Takaki's perspective of Barack Obama's campaign. Ronald Takaki is a professor at UC Berkeley and started the African American Studies Program and UCLA. Dr. Takaki's review show one Hawaiians perspective of another Hawaiian. I love this book and recommend it to anyone who is interested in Hawaii or Barack Obama. I personally am very proud of Obama and see him becoming a great president.

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