While his speeches are characterized by optimism, lyricism and enthusiasm, his book, surprisingly, falls flat. Even if you are conservative, you should read this too! He was mesmerized from the stories of his father but when he met him for the first time he felt his life was better off without him in his life. It is the story of a man's cultural consciousness coming of age. His story becomes one with those of the people he works with as he learns about the value of community, the necessity of healing old wounds, and the possibility of faith in the midst of adversity. Last third seemed to pick up again. He did a fantastic job as reader.
He paints an image of Indonesia, Hawaii, Chicago and Kenya, so beautifully that you feel you were there with him. I would highly recommend it. On that level, we can connect to the story of his life and let it enrich our own experience. One of them could be Johnnie. I found the first section to be the most revealing and personal — it sets the tone for the overall book. Boy was I wrong, and my outlook on the issue has severely changed. The book, as a more general read, was good as well.
Ghasp : - 0 Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama I think it was a good insight into President Barack Obama's background as well as a detailed justification as to why he is the way he is today. He was the first African-American to be elected President of the United States and was the first to be nominated for President by a major U. Is it about loss and gain or responsibility? The wind wipes away my drowsiness, and I feel suddenly exposed, standing in a pair of shorts on the sidewalk in the middle of the night. جره هذا للتأمل في أحوال السود في أمريكا وبذل المحاولات لمعرفة ما يعتمل في نفوسهم من خلال عمله كمنظم في أحد الكنائس واختلط بفئات مختلفة من البشر نوعيات وأعراق وبظني أن هذا العمل ساهم إسهاما كبيرا في نجاح تجربته السياسية لاحقا! It is in this exposure of his vulnerabilities, his fears, his insecurities that he becomes like us--simply human. 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.
There are boys in a car on the street out front, their noise disrupting the sleep of the neighborhood. Three Rivers Press, New York City: 2004. Apart from any of the political ideas in the book or whether or not one is excited by his presidency, Obama is a fantastic writer -- this is one of the best memoirs I have ever read. He is a very smart man, and he could have just taken advantage of his Punahou education to go off to college and head into the corporate world forever. قرأت هذا الكتاب بناء على نصيحة من حكيم، وإلى اليوم أشعر بالسعادة لأنني قرأته، كتاب ثمين يستحق القراءة، بل وتجب قراءته من وجهة نظري. Just not with baited breath. Growing up as a mixed black man raised by a white mother and grandparents and essentially abandoned by his Kenyan father, he struggles to find his identity.
This is the story of how he became that man: the forces that shaped him over the years, the internal struggles to understand himself and his family and the world around him. The Chicago chapters did drag a bit for me, but overall the book was wonderful. With Barack Obama running for president, I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at who this candidate was. I went into this book to look at it objectively, with some conservative leaning thoughts. During the 110th Congress, he helped create legislation regarding lobbying and electoral fraud, climate change, nuclear terrorism, and care for returned U. Dreams from My Father, pg.
Now, at age 55, this book provides some answers to questions that started in my head so long ago. He moved to , where he worked for a as a in the on the city's mostly black. Thirteen years ago I read this out of curiosity. I also appreciated the chance to learn more about his life on the South Side of Chicago as a Community Organizer. Dreams From My Father feels too personal, almost like I have invaded a distant corner of his heart that he has kept hidden away for too long. Even if you are conservative, you should read this too! After graduating from college in 2008, he went straight to the Obama campaign.
Instead, he chose to explore and find a place in which he could call his soul his own, in which he could be authentically himself. Being brought up by his white grandparents mostly and also his white mother, its really heartbreaking to feel that till 9 or 10 years of age his black father was just an image in his mind as was woven by his white family. Ohhhhh how I miss Obama being our President! But if you were expecting a tale of obstacles overcome, of universal insights learned, you will be heartily disappointed and even outright bored at times. This comes at a time of deep division in the country and he remains widely appreciated by many yet politically ostracized by some. الكتاب عبارة عن ثلاثة أجزاء: أوباما طفلا، أوباما مراهقا و أوباما ناشطا اجتماعيا. I am impressed by his level of honesty about himself--he does not paint himself to be pristine, but makes himself very human.
I think it is important that this was written before Obama became a politician and would be thinking of the image he wants to portray. If you want that, then read Obama's other book, The Audacity of Hope. Obama's story is just so inspiring, even if members of my party think it's fake. The law is also memory; the law also records a long-running conversation, a nation arguing with its conscience. Obama is a good storyteller. I did become somewhat confused during the Africa portion; it would have been good to have a kinship chart to keep track of all these people — the half-brothers, many aunts and uncles and grandparents.
His descriptions of his family make you feel as if you have known them all your life. There, against the backdrop of tumultuous political and racial conflict, he works to turn back the mounting despair of the inner city. Obama also moved to Indonesia with his mother and learned a great deal about its history and behavior. The most interesting parts take place out of the U. Depending on the circumstance, I could go on and help them maybe confront those stereotypes and, just maybe, inject historical, cultural, and biological data and insights. But it was worth checking out to see if I recognized anyone. 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.
A man who changed his life around and dedicated his life to fight for what he believes in. That's the kind of self-critique with which this book abounds—honest and very deliberately even-handed. In early 2017, for many people in the U. These two traits came through in two different ways in the book: in personal situations how he comes to understand and accept his troubled father and his Kenyan ancestry and in political situations how he comes to understand the long-standing and deep problems facing the urban poor. 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.