The Other Barack: The Bold and Reckless Life of President Obama's Father

The Other Barack: The Bold and Reckless Life of President Obama's Father

by Sally H Jacobs

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Barack Obama Sr., father of the American president, was part of Africa's "independence generation" and in 1959 it seemed his star would shine brightly. He came to the U.S. from Kenya and was given a university scholarship. While in the Hawaii, he met Ann Dunham in 1961, and his son Barack was born. He left his young family to gain a master's degree from Harvard.

After that, Obama's life became progressively more complicated. He was a brilliant economist, yet never held the coveted government job he felt should have been his. He was a polygamist, an alcoholic, and an ardent African nationalist unafraid to tell truth to power at a time when that could get you killed. Father of eight, nurturer of none, he was an unlikely person to father the first African American president of the United States. Yet he was, like that son, a man moved by the dream of a better world.

Now, thanks to dozens of exclusive new interviews, prodigious research, and determined investigation, Sally Jacobs tells his full story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610390194
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 07/07/2011
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Sally H. Jacobs lives in Boston. She has been a reporter for over three decades, most recently with the Boston Globe. She has specialized in political reporting and profiles including the famously reclusive Joan Kennedy, Michelle Obama, and Pat Patrick, Deval Patrick's father. The Other Barack is her first book.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 The Old Man 1

2 Winyo Piny Kiborne 13

3 A Maseno Boy, Almost 41

4 Miss Mooney 69

5 "Who the Hell Is That?" 97

6 The World's Greatest University 133

7 The Nairobi Men 163

8 Lions, Tigers, and Lies 195

9 "Even God Does Not Want Me" 225

Acknowledgments 257

Notes 259

Bibliography 275

Index 287

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