Dreams from My Father

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Why You Should Read This Book

A coming of age story like you've never read beforeheightened anticipation because you know the outcome. Delve into the complex upbringing of President Obama as he interrogates the genesis of his value system, and ultimately his character. If you've ever wondered how a worldly childhood could create the first Black leader of the United States of Americathis is the book for you. 

About the Book


In this iconic memoir of his early days, Barack Obama “guides us straight to the intersection of the most serious questions of identity, class, and race” (The Washington Post Book World).
“Quite extraordinary.”—Toni Morrison 
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.

About the Author

Barack Obama was the 44th president of the United States, elected in November 2008 and holding office for two terms. He is the author of two New York Times bestselling books, Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope, and the recipient of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. His newest book, A Promised Land, is set to release on November 17, 2020.


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