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I read Barack Obama's book for my church book discussion group, and I'm really glad I did.

Book Review: Dreams From My Father

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.

About Scott Butki

Scott Butki was a newspaper reporter for more than 10 years before making a career change into education... then into special education. He has been working in mental health for the last ten years. He lives in Austin. He reads at least 50 books a year and has about 15 author interviews each year and, yes, unlike tv hosts he actually reads each one. He is an in-house media critic, a recovering Tetris addict and a proud uncle. He has written articles on practically all topics from zoos to apples and almost everything in between.

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