Good: I knew very little about Obama's mother before I read this book. I learned a lot about her and about her influence on him as a result of reading it.
Less good: I would have preferred that the section on fieldwork be shorter. I would have liked to have gotten more of a feeling of who she was as a person, for example with more quotes from letters. I would have found the book more readable with less detail about all of her associates' backgrounds, educations, and origins.
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