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Dreams from my father: a story of race and inheritance

Dreams from my father: a story of race and inheritance

Obama, Barack

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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Published Edinburgh: Canongate, 2008

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Statement of responsibility: Barack Obama
ISBN: 1847673287, 9781847673282
Note: Memoir originally published in 1995.
Note: Compact discs.
Note: Read by the author.
Physical Description: 6 sound discs (450 min.) : sd., digital, stereo.
Subject: Racism United States.; Obama, Barack.; Racially mixed people United States Biography.; African Americans Biography.; United States Race relations.

Author note

Barack Obama was born in Honolulu in 1961. In his early twenties he found his vocation working among poor communities on the south side of Chicago. Later he went to law school at Harvard University, where he became the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. In 1995 he published his memoir Dreams from My Father, which became a bestseller soon after it was reissued in 2004. After returning to Chicago, he was elected to the Illinois State Senate in 1996.

Barack Obama delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, and later that year he was elected to the US Senate. His second book, The Audacity of Hope, was published in 2006 and became an immediate bestseller. In November 2008 Senator Obama beat John McCain to become the 44th President of the United States of America. He is married to Michelle, with whom he has two daughters, Sasha and Malia.


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.

Back cover copy

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