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on August 14, 2017
Well written biography of this amazing woman. Such a pity she did not live to see her son
become President ... pity he wrote a book on his absent father ... dreams of nothing ....
his mother was a lady of outstanding courage and intelligence who bucked the system and followed her heart, He
is his mother's son. His father provided only the colour which gave people like Trump, the alt right,
the ignorant old men in the GOP the excuse to deride his birth and make his presidency difficult, at times
impossible at times, just because of his father's origins. Ironically we have a full white man in the office today
totally unfit for the position in every respect.
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on December 9, 2013
Loved this book. I believe it showed the real human being who was Barack Obama's mother. It illustrated her conflicts, struggles and stalwart efforts to follow her heart and her head in a time when we were told that that was a worthy goal. I am a person of Ann Dunham's time and demographic---I feel like I understand her actions because deep inside I know who she is. It is a well written book that can engender these kinds of feelings with the reader. It is easy to see how such a stunning personality as Barack Obama emerged from this environment, but it also shows the truth in Hillary Clinton's observation that "it takes a village." Ann had much support from her parents and her second husband--as well as some university colleagues. She gave as much as she got and in her case, that was a phenomenal effort. I just loved her for her humanity, and her universal sense of caring despite her organizational foibles and total lack of guile. I loved her and believe that she is the source of any greatness that emanates from her son, albeit not without the help of granny and the support network! Delightful read, complex person.
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on March 25, 2015
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 before she graduated. The effort she made in researching small, mountainous, fledgling businesses was at a great expense to herself and her kids. She studied both Indonesian men and women and helped them secure financing to expand their products through banks that later employed her. Being very eccentric she found later in life that she didn't fit into the image Obama wanted for a parent and was literally shunned by him and his wife, Michelle, and being white was merely a part of it. It's apparent that she had a self-image problem and choose to take on the persona of an Indonesian as she had taken the persona of an African when married to Obama's father. She did this by dress. Very complex person. Interesting.
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on February 16, 2018
This is a well researched and beautifully written biography of President Obama's mother, a lady who absolutely deserves some recognition in her own right. I actually owned a copy of the book, which I allowed someone to borrow, and then never saw it again....and felt compelled to buy another copy of it! That says something about how much I enjoyed it! The book includes a detailed history of Ann Dunham's very old Kansas families, and when I visited the USA [I am from Australia], I visited Wichita, El Dorado and Augusta in Kansas and took photos of the very old family graves in El Dorado, Winfield and Peru, all in Kansas....as a result of having read this book.
A great read! Highly recommended!
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on May 9, 2018
I feel I have an even greater understanding of and appreciation for Barack Obama through this thorough and surprising book about his mother, Ann Dunham. It truly filled in all of the pieces for me about President Obama and his strong, pioneering, free-spirited mother. More people may focus on his father, but his mother was obviously the huge influence in his life and legacy as this book shows.
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on April 14, 2015
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, influenced greatly by his mom who died before Obama became president. Dunham was doing micro-financing with women before it became popular. Her anthropological and practical approach to helping people climb from poverty in Southeast Asia is a fitting tribute to this unique individual.
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A very interesting book about an unusual, strong and altruistic woman. I am glad to have read it but I must say that I felt there was far too much detail about the arts and crafts of Indonesia. I ploughed through them all but think that they did not really add anything to the book, nor to an appreciation of the Singular Woman in question. The atmosphere of her life was conveyed well and I think the book would appeal to a broader public if there had been far less detail about the said arts and crafts. The personal photographs were magnificent and wonderful to see.

Valerie, Brussels
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on April 2, 2018
A very interesting book about Barack's mother and her dedication to the poor. And how it effected
Barack life in growing up with his loving grand parents.
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on April 3, 2018
Janny Scott presents a thoughtful tribute to the strong, self-sufficient, education-minded, humanitarian mother of President Barack Obama.
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on January 19, 2013
This book goes to the heart of an outstanding but somewhat confused woman who doggedly pursued her ambition to a PhD while off and on mothering the kid who was to be our President. Gives a bit of new light on her parents who played such an important role in the bringing up of President Obama. A must for Obama devotes and a lesson in the importance of parenting
even parenting with what seems to be a bit of love and ocasional indifference. Not your typical home environment.
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