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Inspiring Life Story...Somewhat Less Than Complete,
This review is from: Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance (Paperback)U.S. Senate hopeful Barack Obama has an inspiring story to share, and yet he doesn't simply rest on his laurels in this critical evaluation of his life and in his continuing search for himself as a black American. He wrote "Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance" almost ten years ago, but his stock has obviously surged since his star-making speech at the Democratic National Convention last month, perhaps to the chagrin of Hillary Clinton...unless she is dreaming of a Clinton-Obama ticket in 2008! Growing up mulatto in Hawaii and Indonesia, Obama discusses trying to come to grips with his racial identity through a period of rebellion that included drug use, becoming a community activist in Chicago and traveling to Kenya to understand his father's past. It is in Kenya where he discovers a nation with forty different tribes, each of them saddled with stereotypes of the others. It is also in Kenya where he recognizes the dichotomy that has been his lifelong existence between the graves of his father and his grandfather. His description of this defining moment is worthy of a passage in Alex Haley's "Roots".
Obama is also candid about racism, poverty and corruption in Chicago, and he pulls no punches in his account of this period. Because the book stops in 1995, it does not get into much detail on his learning experiences, culminating in both missteps and triumphs, as a state legislator. For all the value the book provides on Obama's history, I would have appreciated a more substantive update than the preface on the last decade, as he gained political prominence in Illinois, so that we understand more why his time in the spotlight has come at this moment. Perhaps that will be Volume 2. I was also disappointed he spent so little time writing about his mother and the influence her side of the family has had on him, a narrative gap Obama acknowledges and over which he expresses regret in the preface. Perhaps inclusion of such details would have made for a less compelling story from his originally intended Afro-centric perspective; but at the same time, I think a more balanced look at his own racial dichotomy would have made his story resonate all the more given where he is now.
Obama is open in the preface about using changed names and composite characters to expedite the flow and ensure privacy of those around him, but it does somewhat lessen the impact of his story when one starts to wonder who was real and who was a fictionalized character. Regardless of these literary devices, this book is still a very worthwhile look into the background of someone who is on a major upward trajectory in the current national political scene.
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Initial post: Dec 23, 2007 5:07:14 PM PST
Brian Shingledecker says:
Good review but to set the record straight, Kenya has 40 tribes not 400. Cheers!
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2007 5:50:58 PM PST
Thank you for letting me know about the error, Brian! I made the correction thanks to your keen eye. Much appreciated.
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Posted on May 18, 2008 4:27:44 AM PDT
For a sharply contrasting view on Obama (good man, captive to Dr. Strangelove (Brzezinski) and other Trilaterals, see Webster Tarpley Griffin's OBAMA: Postmodern Coup.
For solid explanations of why we need a third party and need to bury BOTH the Democratic and Republican crime families, see Peter Peterson's Running on Empty and also Sifry's Spoiling for a Fight.
Obama is a decent smart person of mixed race who has been taken over as a front by people who think they can have one last war with Russia and block the Chinese from Africa. We need to understand and evaluate who is behind each candidate, and why NONE of them are LISTENING to Citizen Wisdom Councils.
Posted on Jun 25, 2008 9:28:41 PM PDT
K. Gilligan says:
Unless you are edson.financial.group on ebay.com, I believe that that user has stolen your review for this book and posted it as their own. I'm a fellow Amazon.com reviewer and found one of my reviews word for word under that user's name. I've reported the matter to ebay but have gotten no response. A quick google check of some of the user's other reviews brought up the Amazon.com reviews- including yours. I just thought you would want to be aware of this issue. Your copied review can be seen at the link below.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2008 3:28:46 PM PDT
Thanks for letting me know. I noticed he steals the Spotlight Reviews on Amazon and takes credit for them on eBay where he is a Top 100 Reviewer. The funny thing is he posted my August 2004 review in February 2008 and didn't pick up on the fact that I refer to Obama as a "U.S. Senate hopeful". This "edson" also took my review of Julie Andrews' autobiography and claimed it as his own. I filed a complaint at eBay but don't expect them to take action.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 4, 2008 7:42:33 PM PDT
K. Gilligan says:
If you want to remove your review from edson.financial.group's reviews, you need to fill out and fax this VERO form: http://pages.ebay.com/help/community/NOCI
At this time ONE person has succeeded in having her review removed from edson's reviews. I hope that number will go up! Spread the word!
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 31, 2008 10:40:17 PM PDT
Thanks very much to your efforts, I noticed that this plagiarism issue has been resolved with all of the stolen reviews removed from eBay and his account justifiably deactivated. Kudos for your campaign.
Posted on Dec 30, 2008 4:38:01 PM PST
Matt Hill says:
how very prescient of you Ed, for anticipating Obama's "major upward trajectory" over 4 years ago - if you had lived in Roman times, you would have been one of the augur's foretelling the future as you read entrails and looked at the birds in the skies! - the next four years will be a most fascinating, turbulent time (my prediction) - Best wishes on the New Year -Matt Hill