Dreams from My Father

A Story of Race and Inheritance

Author: Barack Obama

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 9780307394125

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 464

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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. Pictured in lefthand photograph on cover: Habiba Akumu Hussein and Barack Obama, Sr. (President Obama's paternal grandmother and his father as a young boy). Pictured in righthand photograph on cover: Stanley Dunham and Ann Dunham (President Obama's maternal grandfather and his mother as a young girl). From the Trade Paperback edition.

Summary: Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

Author: Abbey Beathan

Publisher: Abbey Beathan Publishing

ISBN: 1540197654


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Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama | Book Summary | Abbey Beathan (Disclaimer: This is NOT the original book) A memoir of the man that became the first Afro-American president in the United States history. Dreams from My Father touches an emotional fiber on all of us. A tale of the struggles of a man in finding meaning to his life, something we can all identify. This summary goes deep into the life of former president Barack Obama, the mystery about his father and the urge to meet the African side of his family. (Note: This summary is wholly written and published by Abbey Beathan. It is not affiliated with the original author in any way) "The worst thing that colonialism did was to cloud our view of our past." – Barack Obama His soul searching journey begins in New York, where he finds out that his long-lost father died in a car accident, and ends in Kenya where he learns the mystery of his father's life. However, this book can't be seen as a sad story because it also talks about the reconciliation of the two sides of his family and the journey he took to become the man he is today, the former president of the most powerful nation in the world. Barack Obama pours his heart into this title and delivers an outstanding book. Definitely a must-read that will stick with you until the end of times. P.S. Dreams from My Father is an outstanding book that will make you realize how much there is to learn about former president Barack Obama. P.P.S. It was Albert Einstein who famously said that once you stop learning, you start dying. It was Bill Gates who said that he would want the ability to read faster if he could only have one superpower in this world. Abbey Beathan's mission is to bring across amazing golden nuggets in amazing books through our summaries. Our vision is to make reading non-fiction fun, dynamic and captivating. Ready To Be A Part Of Our Vision & Mission? Scroll Up Now and Click on the "Buy now with 1-Click" Button to Get Your Copy. Why Abbey Beathan's Summaries? How Can Abbey Beathan Serve You? Amazing Refresher if you've read the original book before Priceless Checklist in case you missed out any crucial lessons/details Perfect Choice if you're interested in the original book but never read it before FREE 2 Page Printable Summary BONUS for you to paste in on your office, home etc Disclaimer Once Again: This book is meant for a great companionship of the original book or to simply get the gist of the original book. "One of the greatest and most powerful gift in life is the gift of knowledge. The way of success is the way of continuous pursuit of knowledge" - Abbey Beathan

Summary: Dreams From My Father

Review and Analysis of Barack Obama's Book

Author: BusinessNews Publishing

Publisher: Primento

ISBN: 2511003244

Category: Political Science

Page: 44

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The must-read summary of Barack Obama's book: “Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance”. This complete summary of "Dreams From My Father" by Barack Obama, the outgoing US president, outlines the compelling and heartrending story of Obama's young life, raised by a white mother and dealing with the absence of his father. It begins when Obama hears of his estranged father's death, news which inspires an emotional odyssey to his mother's family's town in rural Kansas and to Kenya to meet the African side of his family, where he finally reconciles his divided inheritance. Added-value of this summary: • Save time • Understand Obama's sentimental journey to confronting the truth of his inheritance • Expand your knowledge of American politics and race relations To learn more, read "Dreams From My Father" and discover how Obama at last reconciled his divided origins.

Barack Obama - the first African American US-President

The American Dream

Author: Carla Pagel

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3656061173

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 30

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Pre-University Paper from the year 2011 in the subject English - Applied Geography, grade: 12, Maria-Theresia-Gymnasium Augsburg, language: English, abstract: The main topic of our seminar is “the American Dream in 20th Century Film, Music and Literature”. The aim is to get a deeper understanding of the American culture and identity in the 20th and beginning of the 21st century. My purpose is to analyze Barack Obama‘s career in terms of the fulfilment of the American Dream. Obama is considered a symbol for a post-racial era and his career is supposed to be the evidence of the success of the black Civil Rights Movement and the overcoming of the racial discrimination in the USA. Obama’s sky rocketing career is also characteristic of what Americans cherish about their own country namely social permeability, support of talents and advancement opportunities regardless of origin and skin color. Obama, an African American had an exceptional career. He had an excellent education, took up the reputable profession of a lawyer, has earned a lot of money and has reached the pursuit of happiness within his family. Obama made that career for himself because of his path through life. It involves his social environment, his search for identity, his pursuit of happiness, his constant willingness and assertiveness, his hard work in school and at university, his dedication to the underprivileged of the Chicago ghettos and finally his professional and political experiences. All these phases of his life made Obama the politician he nowadays is, who reconciles and unifies like no other black politician ever has. Thus he was elected president, because he embodies a new type of black politician. For my primary literature I chose “Dreams from my father. A Story of Race and Inheritance” an autobiography written by Barack Obama, because it gives an interesting account of his search for identity in his first 30 years. It was first published in July 1995 and the victory of the U.S. Senate Democratic primary in Illinois in March 2004 led to the book’s re-publication in August 2004. This edition included a new preface by Obama, where he said that nowadays he would tell the story just the same way as he had done ten years ago.

Encyclopedia of Political Communication

Author: Lynda Lee Kaid,Christina Holtz-Bacha

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1452265623

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 1104

View: 3943


The Encyclopedia of Political Communication discusses the major theoretical approaches to the field, including direct and limited effects theories, agenda-setting theories, sociological theories, framing and priming theories, and other past and present conceptualizations. With nearly 600 entries, this resource pays considerable attention to important political messages such as political speeches, televised political advertising, political posters and print advertising, televised political debates, and Internet sites. The audiences for political communications are also central, necessitating concentration on citizen reactions to political messages, how the general public and voters in democratic systems respond to political messages, and the effects of all types of media and message types.

Obama Effect, The

Multidisciplinary Renderings of the 2008 Campaign

Author: Heather E. Harris,Kimberly R. Moffitt,Catherine R. Squires

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 1438436610

Category: Social Science

Page: 300

View: 6046


Timely, multidisciplinary analysis of Obama’s presidential campaign, its context, and its impact.

Healing the Split

Author: Marc Elihu Hofstadter

Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 1608448223

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 276

View: 337


Healing the Split consists of the collected essays of poet, literary critic and philosopher Marc Elihu Hofstadter. The essays stretch from Hofstadter's early scholarly articles about poets William Carlos Williams and Yves Bonnefoy through articles published in the Redwood Coast Review about poetry, art, music, science, politics and France to recent articles concerning the "split" between the sciences and the humanities, reason and feeling/intuition/faith. The book embodies Hofstadter's consistent belief in the idea that all human activities are composed of an "objective" element and a "subjective" element. Human knowledge, whether scientific, mathematical, philosophical or artistic, contains a degree of objective certainty mixed with a component of subjective feeling. The differences between science and the humanities are differences of degree of objectivity, not of essence, and the knowledge the humanities display is a genuine form of knowledge, less certain than science but rich in tangible, felt experience. Even early in his career as a literary critic, Hofstadter was interested in how such otherwise diverse poets as Williams and Bonnefoy sacralize the coming together of mind and world in all forms of human experience. As Williams put it, "No ideas but in things!"-by which he meant, not, Let there not be any ideas! but, Let all ideas be inextricably entwined with the physical world! Hofstadter argues that, in all our activities, there is a mixture of the thinking, reasoning mind and the parts of us that feel, perceive, touch-our bodies, our hearts. Science and philosophy are the great achievements of the mind, while art and religion are the most powerful consummations of sensing and feeling-yet science and philosophy are partly emotive, and art and theology partly rational. The difference, again, is in degree. Healing the Split is an attempt to bring reason and feeling/intuition/faith together, to show how they are intimately related. The Buddhist faith is key to this effort, because Buddhism doesn't analyze out reason and non-rational knowledge as separate faculties but tries to unite them in a direct, embodied kind of experience that "heals the split" between them and makes the individual human being whole. In Buddhism, everything we know is known through consciousness, and distinctions between subject and object, mind and world, logic and faith become artificial, since consciousness is essentially unitary. And Buddhism sees all phenomena, known through consciousness, as being related in a universal "web" everything is connected ultimately to everything else, and the world is essentially One. Healing the Split is finally a work of mysticism in the line of Parmenides, who believed that everything is one, or the Kabbalists, who worshipped the All in the form of "Ha Shem" the unnamable "Name." Marc Elihu Hofstadter was born in New York City in 1945. He received his B.A. in French literature from Swarthmore College in 1967 and his Ph.D. in Literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1975. He has taught American literature at Santa Cruz, the Universite d'Orleans (on a Fulbright Lectureship) and Tel Aviv University. In 1980 he obtained his Master of Library Science degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and from 1982 to 2005 served as the Librarian of the City of San Francisco's transit agency. He has published five volumes of poetry: House of Peace, Visions, Shark's Tooth, Luck and Rising at 5 AM, all of which are available on amazon.com, and his poems, translations and essays have appeared in over sixty magazines. He lives in the retirement community of Rossmoor in Walnut Creek, California with his partner, the artist David Zurlin."

Redefining American Identity

From Cabeza de Vaca to Barack Obama

Author: B. Railton

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230118666

Category: History

Page: 187

View: 5585


Using five personal narratives and in contrast to both the traditional and multicultural narratives, this book suggest cross-cultural transformation has been at the core of America since the first moments of contact.

Articulate While Black

Barack Obama, Language, and Race in the U.S.

Author: H. Samy Alim,Geneva Smitherman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199985987

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

View: 8554


Barack Obama is widely considered one of the most powerful and charismatic speakers of our age. Without missing a beat, he often moves between Washington insider talk and culturally Black ways of speaking--as shown in a famous YouTube clip, where Obama declined the change offered to him by a Black cashier in a Washington, D.C. restaurant with the phrase, "Nah, we straight." In Articulate While Black, two renowned scholars of Black Language address language and racial politics in the U.S. through an insightful examination of President Barack Obama's language use--and America's response to it. In this eloquently written and powerfully argued book, H. Samy Alim and Geneva Smitherman provide new insights about President Obama and the relationship between language and race in contemporary society. Throughout, they analyze several racially loaded, cultural-linguistic controversies involving the President--from his use of Black Language and his "articulateness" to his "Race Speech," the so-called "fist-bump," and his relationship to Hip Hop Culture. Using their analysis of Barack Obama as a point of departure, Alim and Smitherman reveal how major debates about language, race, and educational inequality erupt into moments of racial crisis in America. In challenging American ideas about language, race, education, and power, they help take the national dialogue on race to the next level. In much the same way that Cornel West revealed nearly two decades ago that "race matters," Alim and Smitherman in this groundbreaking book show how deeply "language matters" to the national conversation on race--and in our daily lives.