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An Obama's Journey: My Odyssey of Self-Discovery across Three Cultures Hardcover – September 29, 2014


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; First edition (September 29, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1493007513
  • ISBN-13: 978-1493007516
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An Obama's Journey is a jaw-dropping memoir which casts a pall not only over Barack, Sr. but over Barack as well. . . .Lucky for us, the author happens to be blessed with a refreshingly-unguarded honest and introspective nature which in combination with a wonderful way with words add up to a must-read regardless of how you feel about his very famous sibling. (Tennessee Tribune)

"It is fascinating in its own right, a riveting transcontinental tale of survival, accomplishment, adjustment, transformation and, ultimately, triumph taking the reader from Africa to America to China and back."-Kam Williams, syndicated book and film critic “The book is captivating. It gave me new insights into Mark’s life with his half-brother, President Barack Obama, as well as the limited time that he had with his father, Barack Obama Sr. This book is a compelling read for those who are very interested in learning more about President Obama and his family, as well as the work Mark has done...[Mark] is a remarkable person. When you read this book, you’ll get a good sense of him, of the family history, and for his commitment to justice and equality.” - Charles J. Ogletree Jr., Jesse Climenko Professor of Law at Harvard University, and founding and executive director of Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice “An Obama’s Journey is a touching story of one man’s transnational search for identity, cultural understanding, and forgiveness. It’s a riveting, stunningly honest read that transcends being the biography of the president’s half-brother; from his early years in Kenya to his coming of age in the United States and final passage to China, Mark Obama has a remarkable tale to tell in his own right.” —Jenni Marsh, South China Morning Post   "With gut-wrenching honesty, Mark Obama Ndesandjo exorcises demons from his past while delicately balancing diverse cultures that straddle three continents. His candor covers failures, successes, racism, a scandal or two, musical joys, charitable pleasures, and amazement at watching from a distance as his rival sibling performed political miracles." — John Cairns, author of All Aboard! Planet Expat  “Like any great autobiography, this book is about more than a person. It is about humanity and relationships and holds lessons for all to learn. I enjoyed reading the full and nuanced description of Africa’s beauty and savagery and about its curiously admirable indifference. Mark captures the heady days before the tech bubble in America, and lands in China just in time to witness the vibrant new life the Chinese are creating for themselves. The scenes where he meets Barack crackle with electricity. Their evolving friendship is fascinating to watch. Masterly writing, with poignant anecdotes and insightful, quotable thoughts, yet is cohesive with breathtaking transitions.” —Fritz Galt, author of China Gate

About the Author

Born in Kenya and a twelve year resident of Shenzhen, People's Republic of China, Mark Okoth Obama Ndesandjo is an accomplished pianist, writer, artist and businessman. He has a BSc. Physics rom Brown University, an MSc Physics from Stanford and is an Emory EMBA graduate. He consults worldwide, using over 15 years of telecommunications and international marketing and branding experience gained as a senior manager at Lucent, Nortel and other companies. He is an HSK L7 (advanced) Mandarin speaker and writer, and an avid brush calligrapher. In addition to his first book the novel Nairobi to Shenzhen, he has published 3 piano CDs, The Untimely Ones, Night Moods and his own composition Reflections on William Blake.His current projects include a translation of Tang Dynasty poems. He regularly gives piano lessons to orphans in and around Shenzhen. Mr. Obama Ndesandjo has been appointed Volunteer Image Ambassador and Special Olympics Image Ambassador by China. Recently he established the Mark Obama Ndesandjo Foundation Ltd for cultural exchange, which brings art to youth and the disadvantaged. He lives in Shenzhen, China. http://www.markobamandesandjo.com/

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Troy Garner on November 12, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I won this on a Goodreads giveaway. This is more like a 3.5. Very heartfelt and honest! I enjoyed and appreciated this very complex journey among three cultures, and the voice emerging from a "character", in fact the real person of "Mark" coming through from President Obama's book about his father and family. This book actually corrects that more famous one's record, specifically in detailing some of the physical abuse and fear undergone by his mother, his brother and himself at the hands of the father, Barack Obama Sr. The Jewish side -- he always sided with his mother more -- adds to the complexity of being "mixed" and probably helped open him up to China, where he married and spent the past decade. On the whole, the many talents of the author are pretty amazing: piano virtuoso, Master's in Physics from Stanford, high level business (MBA?) executive experience and now hard work in "giving back" to orphanages in China. What a journey: Kenya to USA to Szenszhen (sp). At the end the author comes to terms with and accepts the "Obama" side and documents his amazement at his brother's rise to the White House.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dakkumen on October 25, 2014
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As is the norm for all Obama family memoirs, Mark's memoir uses (to the point of torture) vague postmodernism to "blur" truths. For example, the first paragraph of Mark's memoir reads:

"Sometimes, in the darkness of memory, or at time's amorphous boundaries, the faces of kin merge with my own. It is easy to become confused, figuring out where one ends and the other begins."

Another example:

"Twenty-six years is a long time. Events recede from one's memory like the view from inside a speeding train or the flutter of a waving hand from a cab.... Although the words shift, blur, and evolve, the core meaning remains."

So what are the Obama "family" secrets being "blurred" by postmodern gibberish in Mark's memoir? Thanks to a grossly incompetent media, these secrets will never be known.

And, as is also the norm for all Obama family memoirs and for all Barack Obama biographies, Mark's memoir is filled with vague and/or inconsistent dates. A few examples:

1. Mark's "brother" Barack Obama's memoir 'Dreams from my Father' claims the plaque on his "grandfather's" grave reads "HUSSEIN ONYANGO OBAMA, B. 1895. D. 1979". Yet, Mark's memoir claims the plaque reads "JADUONG HUSSEIN OBAMA ONYANGO 1870-1975".

2. Mark's memoir claims his brother David was born "in September 1969." Yet, a photo "taken around 1968" in Mark's memoir shows David about one or two years-old.

3. Some of Obama Sr.'s INS documents claim Obama Sr. was born in 1934. Yet, Mark's memoir claims Obama Sr. was born "in 1936."

4. In 2009, Barack claimed he "met" Mark "for the first time only two years ago," or, in other words, sometime in 2007.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By john f gerard on October 1, 2014
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This guy has the class, the polish and the sophistication, that his 1/2 brother lacks. Of the 2 Obamas, he's the one who should have been President. What a contrast !!!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fritz Galt on October 13, 2014
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To be perfectly honest, I’m a Barack Obama fan, and I had to open this book warily to make sure it wasn’t going to be a diatribe against him and his family. I was relieved to find what I was really looking for, a straightforward, balanced, first-hand view of the Kenya connections in the Obama clan. The real dividend, though, is watching another Obama’s incredible mind at work on the written page. By the end of the first chapter, you get a good feel for who Mark is, the nature of his relationship with his famous brother, and the true story that Mark has to tell, and I didn’t want to set this book down until I had soaked up every last word and thought.
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