I read Barack Obama’s Dreams From My Father for my church book discussion group, and I’m really glad I did.
This it is one of the best memoirs about race and exploration of one’s identity and family history I have ever read.
That it is written a politician with great charisma and, perhaps more importantly, excellent listening skills, makes it all the more appealing.
Obama’s father was Kenyan and his mother was white and his descriptions of the struggle to figure out who he is and who his relatives are compelling, engrossing reading.
The last 100 pages – when he goes to Kenya to find out more about his late father – are particularly fascinating.
The paperback version of the book also includes Barack’s keynote address at the 2004 Democratic Convention.
I give this book a 9.
Read some of the other reviews I’ve written so far this year.