Former President Barack Obama’s autobiography Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance is going to be the book we will review today.
In the novel, Obama tries to discover and come to grasp with his identity. His mom is a white American woman from Kansas and his father is a black man from Kenya. Obama was raised by his mom in Hawaii after his parents separated when he was two-years-old.
Obama’s grandparents from his mom’s side helped raise him in Hawaii. He has seen his father infrequently throughout the years. Only when Obama is in college does he take an active step in trying to understand his roots from his dads’s said of the family.
There is a lot that Obama talks about in the book and I don’t want to spoil it. What I loved about the book is how fluid it is and doesn’t feel forced. You can tell that Obama has had these thoughts in his head for a while.
Dreams of my Father was published in 1995. That was when the former President was getting his feet wet in the political world. Before that, Obama had accomplishments on his resume that made him stand out. In 1990, Obama became the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review.
The book was a republished in 2004 when Obama won the Illinois Senate seat. The fact that this book precedes his presidency makes it even better. We get to read Obama;’s thought before he became the most powerful person in the world. I definitely recommend the book to anyone that is a fan of Obama or likes good autobiographies about identity and race relations.