“Even Obama knew that he had not his extraordinary mother justice. Janny Scott . . . does. She portrays Dunham as a feminist, an utterly independent spirit, a cultural anthropologies, and an international development officer who surely helped shape the internationalist, post-Vietnam-era world view of her son. Scott’s book is tirelessly researched, and the sections covering Dunham’s life in Indonesia especially are new and valuable to the accumulating biography of Obama’s extended global family.”—The New Yorker
“Janny Scott packs two and a half years of research into her bio of Stanley Ann Dunham, the quixotic anthropologist who raised a president.”—People
“The restrained, straight-ahead focus—rather in the spirit, it turns out, of Dunham herself—pays off. By recovering Obama’s mother from obscurity, A Singular Woman adds in a meaningful way to an understanding of a singular president.”—Slate
“The key to understanding the disciplined and often impassive 44th president is his mother, as Janny Scott, a reporter for the New York Times, decisively demonstrates in her new biography A Singular Woman. . . . Scott [uses] meticulous reporting, archival research and extensive interviews with Dunham’s colleagues, friends and family, including the president and his sister. What emerges is a portrait of a woman who is both disciplined and disorganized, blunt-spoken and empathetic, driven and devoted to her children, even as she ruefully admits her failings and frets over her distance from them.”—The Washington Post
“Meticulously-researched and well-written . . . a necessary counterpart and corrective to Obama’s first book Dreams from my Father.”—Financial Times
“In her own right, Ann Dunham was a fascinating woman. . . . The story of the ‘singular woman’ at the center of this book is told, and told well, by Scott.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“What emerges in this straightforward, deeply reported account is a complicated portrait of an outspoken, independent-minded woman with a life of unconventional choices.”—USA Today
“We get a much fuller story of Ms. Dunham’s life in A Singular Woman, Janny Scott’s richly researched, unsentimental book.”—The New York Times
“A richly nuanced, decidedly sympathetic portrait of President Obama’s remarkably accomplished, spirited mother. . . . A biography of considerable depth and understanding.”—Kirkus
“Scott gives us a vivid, affecting profile of an unsung feminist pioneer who made breaking down barriers a family tradition and whose legacy extends well beyond her presidential son.”—Publishers Weekly (starred)
Scott was able to pull together an incredible amount of information from which to tell write this book.
The book reveals a strong but eccentric individual who everyone would have more readily accepted as within norm if she were a man.
Barack Obama Sr., an African from Kenya, and Stanley Ann Dunham, a teenager from Kansas produced our 44th. president.
Amazing story of barack Obama's mom told in great detail with wonderful research. Reading this book will give you insight into Obama's personality and style of leadership,... Read morePublished 6 days ago by ellen sue spicer-jacobson
Very thoroughly researched and well written. There were times when I longed to hear more from Stanley Ann herself, but alas. This is as close as we as readers will get. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Elaine Ray
Great insite into the life of Obama, his mother and sister and how their mother supported the family for nearly twenty years in Indonesia through grants from the Ford Foundation... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Carol McLeod
Knowing grandmother Madelyn Payne as a classmate and neighbor from first grade into high school, and casually knowing Stanley Dunham in a nearby town during later high school... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Murray Gilkeson
Wanting to know more about President Obama's mother and her relationship with her son as a young boy, teenager and young adult kept me reading even when I was tired. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Edna L. J. Simmons
I enjoyed reading about her life in Indonesia. Understand so much more how President Obama was influenced in his youth. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sandra Tully
After reading this book, I had sympathy for this woman, who it seems, was driven to succeed at all costs. A sad and tragic life.Published 2 months ago by Louise G.