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Barack Obama Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by Yona F. Maro, Nov 6, 2008.

  1. Yona F. Maro

    Yona F. Maro R I P

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    Elected the first black president of the Harvard Law Review(and now the first black president of USA), Obama was offered a book contract, but the intellectual journey he planned to recount became instead this poignant, probing memoir of an unusual life. Born in 1961 to a white American woman and a black Kenyan student, Obama was reared in Hawaii by his mother and her parents, his father having left for further study and a return home to Africa. So Obama's not-unhappy youth is nevertheless a lonely voyage to racial identity, tensions in school, struggling with black literature, with one month-long visit when he was 10 from his commanding father. After college, Obama became a community organizer in Chicago. He slowly found place and purpose among folks of similar hue but different memory, winning enough small victories to commit himself to the work. He's now a civil rights lawyer there. Before going to law school, he finally visited Kenya; with his father dead, he still confronted obligation and loss, and found wellsprings of love and attachment. Obama leaves some lingering questions -- his mother is virtually absent -- but still has written a resonant book

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  2. Mzozo wa Mizozo

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    Kaka Shy...

    Shukurani kubwa.
  3. Dark City

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    I have read this and the other book by BHO, all can say is my hat off to him! He is an extraordinary writer as you can witness in his speeches.

    I not only wish that everyone should read the books, but also we should get the courage to write something in our lives. It is extremely motivating and a wonderful encouragement to others. I know after Nyerere, we just have a handful of people (among our leaders) who can compose their minds and write down something with senses. Is this not an indications that we are all "Mr ZERO"??