Barack Obama

Barack Obama

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Book - 2012
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Based on hundreds of interviews and documents, this book chronicles the forces that shaped the first black president of the United States and explains why he thinks and acts as he does.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2012
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781439160404
Characteristics: xxiii, 641 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm


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Nov 13, 2017

The history and genealogy of both families-the Obama and the Dunham is thorough and I agree with other reviewers: yes, it's mind numbing, often was not necessary to the extend the author went to.
I have to give the author raving credits for the research part in compiling corroborating testimonies especially from the Kenyan side of the Obamas. He really dag deep into Kenyan past and history and gives the reader a context and it's pretty accurate.
Overall I think this book is more a genealogical work than anything else.

Aug 04, 2012

The author needed a good editor who could guide the presentation of the material and encourage a winnowing of minutiae and the shaping of the unrelated lists of facts into a cohesive whole.

The book jumps back and forth in time and presents a dizzying array of unrelated facts and scenes with no sense of their purpose to guide the reader.

The subject matter deserves more time given to both organization and writing.

Jul 04, 2012

The author has been quoted in the media as saying Obama might not like some elements of the book but to this Obama fan, most of the book is innocuous historical detail about Obama's family tree and Obama himself through his community organizing days in Chicago.

The author's information on how Obama's memoir, Dreams From My Father, took "literary license" with some facts was new to me and yes, disillusioning, but the instances were not particularly significant to us as voters since the modified parts (dates, places, names, exact events etc) were all about his personal life. (Obama has conceded that he sometimes combined people into one character or changed details in his book to exemplify a part of his life so he is not denying that there are inconsistencies.)

There are some new details in this book such as journal notes from an ex-girlfriend of Obama's and also extensive information about his college years (including the name of the couch in the hallway in his dorm!). The family tree on both the Kansas and Kenya sides is thoroughly analyzed but, to me, the amount of detail is eventually mind-numbing and the relevance of much of it is questionable. It was as if the researcher couldn't bear to leave a single thing out.

There are better books about Obama than this one.

Rhett99 Jul 03, 2012

Am waiting for my copy to we NOT have enough to go around here....?...Thanks,
Brian Pinto.


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