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An Obama's Journey: My Odyssey of Self-Discovery across Three Cultures Hardcover – September 29, 2014
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"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
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/
Top Customer Reviews
"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."
"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 the endless postmodern gibberish in Mark's memoir? Whatever they are, thanks to a grossly incompetent media, those 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.Read more ›
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My favorite book ever, ever, ever. Makes a perfect gift for friends and loved ones.Published 11 months ago by bonnemaman
SHOWS THAT FAMILY ISN'T EVERYTHING TO SOME PEOPLE(OUR PRESIDENT & HIS WIFE)!Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer