Dreams from My Father - Barack Obama

Dreams from My Father

By Barack Obama

  • Release Date: 1995-07-18
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
From 281 Ratings


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this iconic memoir of his early days, Barack Obama “guides us straight to the intersection of the most serious questions of identity, class, and race” (The Washington Post Book World).
“Quite extraordinary.”—Toni Morrison 
In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father—a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man—has been killed in a car accident. This sudden death inspires an emotional odyssey—first to a small town in Kansas, from which he retraces the migration of his mother’s family to Hawaii, and then to Kenya, where he meets the African side of his family, confronts the bitter truth of his father’s life, and at last reconciles his divided inheritance.
Praise for Dreams from My Father
“Beautifully crafted . . . moving and candid . . . This book belongs on the shelf beside works like James McBride’s The Color of Water and Gregory Howard Williams’s Life on the Color Line as a tale of living astride America’s racial categories.”—Scott Turow
“Provocative . . . Persuasively describes the phenomenon of belonging to two different worlds, and thus belonging to neither.”The New York Times Book Review
“Obama’s writing is incisive yet forgiving. This is a book worth savoring.”—Alex Kotlowitz, author of There Are No Children Here
“One of the most powerful books of self-discovery I’ve ever read, all the more so for its illuminating insights into the problems not only of race, class, and color, but of culture and ethnicity. It is also beautifully written, skillfully layered, and paced like a good novel.”—Charlayne Hunter-Gault, author of In My Place
Dreams from My Father is an exquisite, sensitive study of this wonderful young author’s journey into adulthood, his search for community and his place in it, his quest for an understanding of his roots, and his discovery of the poetry of human life. Perceptive and wise, this book will tell you something about yourself whether you are black or white.”—Marian Wright Edelman


  • Dreams from My Father

    By EKluber
    It's refreshingly on point and I can almost hear his voice while reading his written words. I didn't think I would enjoy this, and am quite pleasantly surprised that I did. He spoke(wrote) from the heart. Great insight into his life before he became our 44th President! Incomparable man and the epitome of decency!
  • Good book

    By Sosososoososo awesome
    This book is so good
  • Read this book years ago

    By Marryme2
    This is Black History Month If the President of the U.S.A. wanted to write what he felt then I say the truth is like beauty (in the eyes of the beholder) I read all threw school about every Presidents in America and whatever they all was vote in, some was liked some was disliked, that life. I'm proud President Obama you were chosen,so if 100 years pass by my great grand children and their, and so fort will have Black History Month.
  • Exceptional

    By Tamara Ibezim
    I have a reluctance to reading autobiographies because the difficulty of being objective about your life is present. President Barack Obama is one of the most interesting figures of our time and his ability to tell his story with criticism and clarity was inspiring to read. Knowing that this man is our Commander-in-chief fills makes me proud of our potential as a nation and hopeful of the direction we can take-if we choose to do so.
  • Dreams From my Father

    By DJFrogLady
    This book is enlightening. Barack demonstrates a racist bigotry in his writings that Dr. King would be appalled by. He intentionally desired separation from his mother's heritage and embraced his father's, even though he had left his life at 2. In my personal opinion, this book which Barack states IS his voice, reeks of racial separation and hatred.
  • Dreams of my father

    By JEAVE
    I read the first 75 sample pages. I have no desire to buy the whole book. What a bunch of illiterate crab. Thanks but no thanks.
  • Dreams From My Father

    By AmericanSniperRIP
    Read this book to understand the humble beginnings and the heart of a great President and a better man!
  • Insightful & Honest!

    By SnowmanDavis
    Great read!!!
  • self-serving drivel

    By Itzatwist
    For a person who is being touted as eloquent with words I am stunned by the un-engaging, self-serving, vacant nonsense of words he has thrown together. To call this a book is equivelent to calling an overflowing garbage bin fine art. Save yourself the disappointment ... }8-P
  • I love it

    By Chris Lubin
    So much from stanley pierre