In this memoir written at the age of 33, Barack Obama, son of a black African father and a white American mother, describes the search for meaning in his life as a black American
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This may be the best-written memoir ever produced by an American politician.
Time||A remarkable story, beautifully told.
Observer||Whatever else people expect from a politician, it's not usually a beautifully written personal memoir steeped in honesty. Barack Obama has produced one.
The Times||Obama's writing is characterised throughout by a graceful eloquence, a generosity of perception and spirit rare in young men of many gifts and charisma . . . here is a testimony for the ages.
Grammy Award Winner for Best Spoken Album 2006
Before Barack Obama became a politician, he was, among other things, a writer. Dreams from My Father is a masterpeice: a refreshing, revealing portrait of a young man asking the big questions about identity and belonging.
The son of a black African father and a white American mother, Obama recounts an emotional odyssey. He retraces the migration of his mother's family from Kenya to Hawaii, then to his childhood home in Indonesia. Finally he travels to Kenya, where he confronts the bitter truth of his father's life and at last reconciles his divided inheritance.
'This may be the best-written memoir ever produced by an American politician.'
Joe Klein, Time
'Extraordinary , , , truly moving . . . Obama is a born narrator, with a mastery of colour, scene and personality.'
Simon Jenkins, Sunday Times
Barack Obama was elected President of the United States on November 4, 2008. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream.
Running Time: 7 hours 30 minutes
This abridgment has been approved by the author.
ú18.99 Dreams from My Father ® Barack Obama, 1995, 2004
This audio edition was first published in Great Britain in 2008 by Canongate Books Ltd, 14 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1TE
First published in the US in 2005 by Random House Audio, a division of Random House Inc., 1745 Broadway, New York, New York 10019.
Producer: Jacob Bronstein
Directors: Jacob Bronstein and Brian Smith
2004 Democratic Convention Keynote Address courtesy of CNN
Cover photograph by David Katz