Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama

About the book

The son of a black African father and a white American mother, Obama was only two years old when his father walked out on the family. Many years later, Obama receives a phone call from Nairobi: his father is dead. This sudden news inspires an emotional odyssey for Obama, determined to learn the truth of his father’s life and reconcile his divided inheritance. Written at the age of thirty-three, Dreams from my Father is an unforgettable read. it illuminates not only Obama’s journey, but also our universal desire to understand our history, and what makes us the people we are.

Reviewed by  King’s Somborne Reading Group:

Most of the group really enjoyed this book and found it very interesting and beautifully written. An eye opener into the problems of identity of a mixed race child whose father is absent. Some were more sceptical and thought it may be self serving.

Star rating: ****

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2 thoughts on “Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama”

  1. Review by Enjoying Books Reading Group:
    What a fascinating insight into the early life of the present US president. Beautifully written, it really helps us to understand what makes the man he has become.
    Star rating:***plus


  2. Written before he became a politician, this is an honest portrait of Obama’s early life. You can see all the strands that came together to make him the first black American president. A remarkable man and he writes well too.


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