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Barack Obama in Hawai'i and Indonesia: The Making of a Global President Hardcover – September 22, 2011

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  • Hardcover: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (September 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313385335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313385339
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,826,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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• Offers the first systematic study of Barack Obama's Indonesian and Hawai‘ian years and their effect on his adult character and political identity

• Shows how Obama's early experiences fostered a repertoire of social and psychological skills ideally suited to dealing with the complex cultural and geopolitical issues that confront 21st-century America

• Provides new keys to understanding Obama by looking at the varied cultural and religious influences that shaped his attitudes, beliefs, and hybrid cultural identity

• Examines Ann DunhaM&Apos;s doctoral dissertation, based on her social anthropological fieldwork in Indonesia, for clues to the perceptual prisms she inculcated in her son, Barack Obama



• Foreword

• Photographs

• Timelines

• Figures

• Appendices



"Whatever the final historical judgment of Obama's presidency, the very fact of it resonates globally as it signals that the United States is more in sync with the rest of the world than its power-wielding implies and is ready for the multicultural changes of the 21st century, says cultural anthropologist Sharma. He draws on his insider-outsider perspective as an immigrant, written materials by and about Obama, and interviews with family, friends, neighbors, and teachers in Hawaii and Indonesia to offer the first cultural biography of Barack Obama. . . . Sharma offers intriguing glimpses of Obama's life and a compelling argument that Obama's singular background and his election as U.S. president despite distrust of his "otherness" make him a transformative figure as the United States grapples with emerging nations and its own decline as the world's only superpower."

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"An enlightening account of Obama's boyhood chronicling an amazing transformation from an Indonesian slumdog ordinaire into a planetary prophet for the ages."

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"Sharma (culture psychology and marketing, St. Francis College, New York) provides a psycho-cultural biography of

President Obama in his first 18 years in Hawai'i and Indonesia, then later on as a young man in college and afterwards

on the mainland United States. Using as evidence Obama's writings along with interviews with Obama's former teachers, his half-sister, classmates in the Catholic elementary school and state elementary school (that used Muslim prayers) that

Obama attended as a child in Jakarta, and interviews in the elite prep school in Honolulu he later attended, the author

contends that Obama is the United State's first global president, given that his first experiences were with multiracial,

multiethnic, multilinguistic people in those areas. . . . Recommended."

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"Academics, students, and the public will be riveted by this compelling and original perspective about the formative years in the development of Barack Obama that offers a unique psychological and sociological lens on the ascendancy of a young African American boy to become the leader of most powerful country in the world. The author's personal journey in his quest to learn about Obama's roots are artfully woven with historical facts and psychological theory, resulting in a brilliant book that at times reads like an historical novel but is all that much more important a tome given that it is real history. The result is a book that should be read by everyone interested in the state of the world today."

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Dr. Judy Kuriansky, Clinical Psychologist and Author of Beyond Bullets and Bombs: Grassroots Peacebuilding between Israelis and PalestinianS≪/i>

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More About the Author

Dinesh Sharma is a cultural psychologist, marketing consultant and an acclaimed author, with a doctorate from Harvard University. He is an Associate Research Professor (Hon.) at the Institute for Global Cultural Studies, SUNY-Binghamton; a senior fellow at Institute for International and Cross-Cultural Research, NYC; and a columnist for Asia Times Online, Al Jazeera English and The Global Intelligence among other syndicated publications.

His biography of the 44th President of the US, titled "Barack Obama in Hawaii and Indonesia: The Making of a Global President", was rated as the Top 10 Books of Black History for 2012 by the American Library Association, Book List Online. His next book, "The Global Obama", is due to be published by Taylor & Francis, Routledge Press.

His recent articles and opinions have appeared in Wall Street Journal Online, Wonkette.com, Free Lance-Star, Far Eastern Economic Review, Middle East Times, Middle East Online, Epoch Times, Biotech Law Review, Health Affairs, Media Monitors, DC Chronicles, Fredricksburg.com, MyCentralJersey.com, International Psychology Bulletin, and other scientific journals. As an author, Sharma has been profiled locally and internationally in L'Echo, DeStandaard, Luxembourg Wort, 352 Lux Magazine, The Eastern Eye, Asian Affairs, Cincinnatti Herald, The Skanner, West Windsor Plainsboro News, Princeton Packet and many other newspapers.

On TV and Cable news, Sharma has been favorably reviewed on Politics Tonight (WGN News), Urban Update (WHDH Boston), City Line WABC Boston, KITV Hawaii, Bay Sunday San Francisco, and many other shows. On Radio, he has been featured on Conversations on the Coast in San Francisco, Reality Check FM-4 Vienna, South African Broadcast Corporation (SABC) and numerous other talk shows.

Finally, Dr. Sharma has been a consultant in the healthcare industry for major pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device clients for almost ten years. He lives near Princeton, NJ, with his wife and two children.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Thinker on March 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Social & Behavioral Sciences \ History, Geography & Area Studies \ North America

Sharma, Dinesh. Barack Obama in Hawai`i and Indonesia: the making of a global president. Praeger, 2011. 274p bibl index afp; ISBN 9780313385339, $48.00; ISBN 9780313385346 e-book, contact publisher for price. Reviewed in 2012mar CHOICE.

Sharma (culture, psychology and marketing, St. Francis College, New York) provides a psycho-cultural biography of President Obama in his first 18 years in Hawai'i and Indonesia, then later on as a young man in college and afterwards on the mainland US. Using as evidence Obama's writings along with interviews with Obama's former teachers, his half-sister, classmates in the Catholic elementary school and state elementary school (that used Muslim prayers) that Obama attended as a child in Jakarta, and interviews in the elite prep school in Honolulu he later attended, the author contends that Obama is the US's first global president, given that his first experiences were with multiracial, multiethnic, multilinguistic people in those areas. Obama's biological father left his family when Obama was two years old, and his mother took the child to Jakarta, where she later married a secular Muslim. At age ten, Obama left his Jakarta family and moved in with his maternal grandparents in Honolulu. The absence of his biological father, his anthropologist mother's influence, plus the added influence of his maternal grandmother and later his wife, all shaped Obama's personality, in which he identifies as a black man. Summing Up: Recommended for all levels/libraries. -- R. W. Smith, Emeritus, California State University, Northridge
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Barack Obama's historic run for the presidency spawned a cottage industry of books about him and the First Lady, with several even being published well before the inauguration. Most of the early offerings were merely take-the-money-and-run rip-offs.

Dr. Sharma conducted a couple of years' worth of painstaking research in preparing this opus, venturing to Obama's hometowns in Indonesia and Hawaii and to other important ports-of-call to conduct interviews firsthand and to unearth evidence to determine how his subject had truly been imprinted as a child. Among many issues, he tackles such popular questions as whether Obama had attended a Muslim or Christian school in Jakarta (both) and whether he was born in Hawaii (of course).

Overall, the author was obviously extremely impressed by what he learned about the President, since he has no reservations about comparing him favorably to such icons as fellow Nobel Peace Prize-winner Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln and the fabled King Arthur.

An enlightening account of Obama's boyhood chronicling an amazing transformation from an Indonesian slumdog ordinaire into a planetary prophet for the ages.

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A multicultural president

One of the more interesting and eloquent biographies on Barack Obama published to date, this book takes a unique perspective on the man and the president. Presented as the first cultural biography of America's 44th president, Barack Obama in Hawaii and Indonesia attempts to understand the socialization of a multicultural President through the lens of Erik Erikson's stages of psychosocial development. Combining an analysis of the intersection of personal biography and cultural history--what sociologists would refer to as the development of the sociological imagination--the book charts the course of the development of the identity and beliefs of the nation's first black president. As the author explains, there is a deep connection between Obama's upbringing in Hawai'i, a state with a rich history of diversity and multiculturalism; his time spent in Indonesia, a nation with a strong secular Muslim population; and Obama's development as the first truly global president. As Obama proceeds through his childhood and young adulthood, his struggles to find his unique voice while coming to terms with the death of his mythologized, absent father shape Obama into the populist champion that he ultimately becomes. Sharma argues that this unique socialization (well-detailed in the book) has prepared Obama to lead the United States to a rebirth in an increasingly global world....

Sharma details with great clarity Obama's time in Jakarta, Indonesia, where much of his early socialization took place. It is here, Sharma argues, that Obama began to shape his uniquely multicultural perspective.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Murray on November 26, 2011
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Sharma is currently on his world tour receiving already in Europe great press coverage and acclaim. He appears to day in Belgian press. An interesting and thought provoking assessment of the global nature of the first black President of the uSA and the first multi cultural head of a Western democracy
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Writer's Corner on June 2, 2012
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"Dinesh Sharma's book is a primer for all individuals interested in learning about Barack Obama's early life and how it shaped his viewpoints as President. Sharma has written an insightful and well researched book. The Making of a Global President helps us better understand the world in which we live and the rationale behind some of the policies of the Obama administration in domestic and foreign affairs." -- Lewis Goldstein, Assistant Superintendent, Princeton Regional Schools

"The making of Barack Obama as a Global President"
"How did a young, rookie Illinois senator, with a name derived from Swahili and Arabic, an African-American identity, and a bi-racial heritage, achieve the ultimate American dream: growing up to be the president? To millions of Americans, including many who voted for him, the landmark election of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States remains a revelation. Much has been written about President Obama's mastery of the internet, his victory for racial equality and his charisma. Yet, the exceptional qualities that distinguish President Barack Obama as a leader for our changing times-his multicultural roots and his international sensibilities-have been largely overlooked.

"President Barack Obama is born of a multicultural America at the cusp of the age of globalization," states Dr Dinesh Sharma, a PhD from Harvard University and a cultural psychologist. "He is truly America's hybrid president, a man of many continents, races, cultures, and histories," says Dr Dinesh Sharma.
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