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Dreams From My Father

A Story of Race and Inheritance

Barack Obama



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Text Publishing Company
01 April 2008
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.
By:   Barack Obama
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 199mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   326g
ISBN:   9781921351433
ISBN 10:   1921351438
Pages:   368
Publication Date:   01 April 2008
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

`A remarkable story, beautifully told.' * Observer * `An honesty and self-awareness not always found in autobiographers, and more rarely in potential leaders of the free world.' * Telegraph * `A beautiful reflection on an unusual background and a thoughtful analysis of what race means in America today.' * Scotsman * `Beautifully crafted...moving and candid...this book belongs on the shelf beside works like James McBride's The Color of Water as a tale of living astride America's racial categories.' -- Scott Turow `Barack Obama...the Democratic Party's new rock star, is that rare politician who can actually write-and write movingly and genuinely about himself.' * New York Times *

  • Winner of Galaxy British Book Awards: Tesco Biography of the Year 2009
  • Winner of Galaxy British Book Awards: Tesco Biography of the Year 2009.

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