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“Stunning...the most profound insight I have read in the last six years about Barack Obama.” — NEWT GINGRICH


He’s been called many things: a socialist, a radical fellow traveler, a Chicago machine politician, a prince of the civil rights movement, a virtual second coming of Christ, or even a covert Muslim.

But as New York Times bestselling author Dinesh D’Souza points out in this shockingly revealing book, these labels merely slap our own preconceived notions on Barack Obama.

The real Obama is a man shaped by experiences far different from those of most Americans; he is a much stranger, more determined, and exponentially more dangerous man than you’d ever imagined. He is not motivated by the civil rights struggles of African Americans in the 1960s—those battles leave him wholly untouched. He is not motivated by the socialist or Marxist propaganda that hypnotized a whole generation of wooly–minded academics and condescending liberals—those concepts also leave him cold.

What really motivates Barack Obama is an inherited rage—an often masked, but profound rage that comes from his African father; an anticolonialist rage against Western dominance, and most especially against the wealth and power of the very nation Barack Obama now leads. It is this rage that explains the previously inexplicable, and that gives us a startling look at what might lie ahead.

In The Roots of Obama’s Rage you’ll learn: Why Obama’s economic policies are actually designed to make America poorer compared to the rest of the world Why Obama will welcome a nuclear Iran Why Obama sees America as a rogue nation—worse than North Korea The real reason Obama banished a bust of Winston Churchill from the White House and ordered NASA to praise the scientific contributions of Muslims Why Obama would like to make America’s superpower status a thing of the past

Stunning, provocative, original, and telling—no one has better diagnosed who Obama is, what he intends to do, and why he poses an existential threat to America than Dinesh D’Souza in The Roots of Obama’s Rage.

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We are today living out the script for America and the world that was dreamt up not by Obama but by Obama’s father. How do I know this? Because Obama says so himself. Reflect for a moment on the title of his book: it’s not Dreams of My Father but rather Dreams from My Father. In other words, Obama is not writing a book about his father’s dreams; he is writing a book about the dreams that he got from his father.

Think about what this means. The most powerful country in the world is being governed according to the dreams of a Luo tribesman of the 1950s—a polygamist who abandoned his wives, drank himself into stupors, and bounced around on two iron legs (after his real legs had to be amputated because of a car crash caused by his drunk driving). This philandering, inebriated African socialist, who raged against the world for denying him the realization of his anti-colonial ambitions, is now setting the nation’s agenda through the reincarnation of his dreams in his son. The son is the one who is making it happen, but the son is, as he candidly admits, only living out his father’s dream. The invisible father provides the inspiration, and the son dutifully gets the job done. America today is being governed by a ghost.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing; First Edition edition (September 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596986255
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596986251
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (876 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dinesh D'Souza has had a 25-year career as a writer, scholar, and public intellectual. A former policy analyst in the Reagan White House, D'Souza also served as John M. Olin Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and the Robert and Karen Rishwain Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He served as the president of The King's College in New York City from 2010 to 2012.

Called one of the "top young public-policy makers in the country" by Investor's Business Daily, D'Souza quickly became known as a major influencer on public policy through his writings. His first book, Illiberal Education (1991), publicized the phenomenon of political correctness in America's colleges and universities and became a New York Times bestseller for 15 weeks. It has been listed as one of the most influential books of the 1990s.

In 1995, D'Souza published The End of Racism, which became one of the most controversial books of the time and another national bestseller. His 1997 book, Ronald Reagan: How an Ordinary Man Became an Extraordinary Leader, was the first book to make the case for Reagan's intellectual and political importance. D'Souza's The Virtue of Prosperity (2000) explored the social and moral implications of wealth.

In 2002, D'Souza published his New York Times bestseller What's So Great About America, which was critically acclaimed for its thoughtful patriotism. His 2003 book, Letters to a Young Conservative, has become a handbook for a new generation of young conservatives inspired by D'Souza's style and ideas. The Enemy at Home, published in 2006, stirred up a furious debate both on the left and the right. It became a national bestseller and was published in paperback in 2008, with a new afterword by the author responding to his critics.

Just as in his early years D'Souza was one of the nation's most articulate spokesmen for a reasoned and thoughtful conservatism, in recent years he has been an equally brilliant and forceful defender of Christianity. What's So Great About Christianity not only intelligently explained the core doctrines of the Christian faith, it also explained how the freedom and prosperity associated with Western Civilization rest upon the foundation of biblical Christianity. Life After Death: The Evidence shows why the atheist critique of immortality is irrational and draws the striking conclusion that it is reasonable to believe in life after death.

In 2010, D'Souza wrote The Roots of Obama's Rage (Regnery), which was described as the most influential political book of the year and proved to be yet another best seller.

In 2012, D'Souza published two books, Godforsaken and Obama's America: Unmaking the American Dream, the latter climbing to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and inspiring a documentary on the same topic. The film, called "2016: Obama's America," has risen to the second-highest all-time political documentary, passing Michael Moore's Sicko and Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth. In addition, 2016 has risen to #4 on the bestselling list of all documentaries.

These endeavors--not to mention a razor-sharp wit and entertaining style--have allowed D'Souza to participate in highly-publicized debates about Christianity with some of the most famous atheists and skeptics of our time.

Born in Mumbai, India, D'Souza came to the U.S. as an exchange student and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College in 1983.

D'Souza has been named one of America's most influential conservative thinkers by the New York Times Magazine. The World Affairs Council lists him as one of the nation's 500 leading authorities on international issues, and Newsweek cited him as one of the country's most prominent Asian-Americans.

D'Souza's articles have appeared in virtually every major magazine and newspaper, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic Monthly, Vanity Fair, New Republic, and National Review. He has appeared on numerous television programs, including the The Today Show, Nightline, The News Hour on PBS, The O'Reilly Factor, Moneyline, Hannity, Bill Maher, NPR's All Things Considered, CNBC's Kudlow Report, Lou Dobbs Tonight, and Real Time with Bill Maher.

Customer Reviews

Thank you, Mr. D'Souza for writing this book.
Susan Fensten
When you read these books, you get a good understanding of where Obama is coming from and why he thinks this country deserves to be taken down.
Theresa C
If you accept, as D'Souza does, that Obama thinks of America as a colonial or imperialist power, it is easy to understand what motivates him.

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1,349 of 1,644 people found the following review helpful By Sergio Buica on October 4, 2010
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Three weeks ago, Dinesh D'Souza has written the cover story for Forbes Magazine. He based the story on his book, about to be published about President Obama. D'Souza's theory is that our President is driven by an anti-colonialist ideological hatred.
After the publication of the article, the White House spokesman Robert Gibbs was sent to contact the magazine editor, and in passing derided the magazine, saying: "It's a stunning thing, to see a publication you would see in a dentist's office, so lacking in truth and fact."

D'Souza claims to be a lot like Obama: both with cosmopolitan backgrounds, with roots in former colonized countries, nonwhite, influenced by mixed marriages, born the same year, attended Ivy League colleges and graduating the same year.

What seemed to inspire the author to write this book was an article he read back in 2008, in the London Telegraph titled "Barack Obama's Lost Brother Found in Kenya". The 26 year old George Hussein Obama was found living in a Nairobi slum. "I live here on less than a dollar a month." George said. Humiliated by his poverty, he confessed he never mentioned the famous half-brother. The two Obamas met briefly in 2006 when Barack was a senator, but the two didn't connect. D'Souza was shocked that the Senator, with a net worth in the millions of dollars did not lift a finger to help a destitute close relative. George wanted to be a mechanic, and D'Souza raised a couple thousand dollars to help George move out of his hut. By then D'Souza believes the Obama's presidential campaign caught up with the guy, and George was apparently told to go into hiding.

D'Souza believes that since childhood, Obama's dream was always to become an anti-colonial warrior. And also that his father's dream became his own.
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170 of 215 people found the following review helpful By Ted Marks on October 20, 2010
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Dinesh D'Souza has written a book that may (or may not) be one of the most provocative studies in American political history. The ultimate impact of the book, THE ROOTS OF OBAMA'S RAGE, will be determined by how many Americans actually read the D'Souza's book -- and how many of those readers concur with D'Souza's conclusions.

D'Souza contends that the underlying philosophy of America's first black president is anti-colonialism; that is to say, the author claims that Obama is against any remnant of the colonialist era, which, unfortunately, includes a significant part of American history.

So, D'Souza contends, Obama is in the process of revolutionizing America's stance on a wide variety of key issues, including a ban on imperialistic wars waged by a rogue military; changing America's free enterprise, capitalistic economy into a socialized economy that is regulated by the federal government: turning America's private health care system into a single payer (socialist) medical system, and turning America into the greenest nation on earth. The net effect of all these major changes in American policies will be to redistribute America's wealth to less developed parts of the world.

Obama, according to D'Souza, is in the process of trying to completely reverse 300 years of American history, turning the country into a low profile, socialized nation is nested quiescently in the family of nations around the world. No more superpower pretensions on Obama's watch.

D'Souza is of Indian descent, and he claims that he has the racial and ethnic credentials to challenge Obama. He has organized and formatted his book in a highly logical, though sometimes fanciful, cocky style. As he warns his readers in an early chapter:

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508 of 654 people found the following review helpful By Elanor Rigby on October 5, 2010
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All I am going to say is this-- To everyone who is bashing this book, it is obvious that 99% of you haven't so much as read a page.

I have never read anything more interesting or thought provoking about President Obama. Whether or not you agree with Dinesh, it is hard to dismiss his theory as unrealistic or impossible. Dinesh uses Obama's own words, personal history and actions to compile his theory. I can't say for certain whether the premise of the book is accurate or not. What I can say is that the book itself is an interesting, eye opening trip into Obama's past and a logically coherent glance into this country's future.

Before you mindless drone on about how the book is inaccurate or personally attack Dinesh, try reading it first.
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306 of 395 people found the following review helpful By ebad on September 29, 2010
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I read an article written by a woman from Africa, I think at the American thinker, I don't remember her name. She was the first person who said that Obama reminded her of the anti colonial socialists she knew from back home in Africa. It now makes sense why Obama would surround himself with people who write papers about de-developing America. Why on earth would a "leader" try to destroy the economy of his own country? Why would Obama cap 3500 oil wells in the U.S., thus losing 23000 jobs only to then give billions to Mexico to drill for oil in those very same waters? Explain that if you can. He then gave billions of our borrowed money to Brazil to drill for oil in deep water. He sees the world as the oppressed and the oppressor. When he talks about redistributing the wealth, he means from the U.S.A. to the rest of the world. That means from you too liberals and union workers... You guys are richer than most of the people on the earth!
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