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Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance. by  Barack Obama - Signed First Edition - 2004 - from Raptis Rare Books (SKU: 127689)

Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance.

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Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance.

by Obama, Barack

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New York: Crown Publishers, 2004. First edition, first printing of the 2004 reissue of the future President's first book. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by Barack Obama on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket collage by Steven Dana. All men live in the shadow of their fathers—the more distant the father, the deeper the shadow. Barack Obama describes his confrontation with this shadow in his provocative autobiography and he also persuasively describes the phenomenon of belonging to two different worlds, and thus belonging to neither At a young age and without much experience as a writer, Barack Obama has bravely tackled the complexities of his remarkable upbringing" (The New York Times). In discussing Dreams from My Father, Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison has called Obama "a writer in my high esteem" and the book "quite extraordinary." She praised "his ability to reflect on this extraordinary mesh of experiences that he has had, some familiar and some not, and to really meditate on that the way he does, and to set up scenes in narrative structure, dialogue, conversation—all of these things that you don't often see, obviously, in the routine political memoir biography. It's unique. It's his. There are no other ones like that." Time Magazine listed the book on its top 100 non-fiction books written in English since 1923.

Synopsis

Published in 1995, this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father--a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man--has been killed in a car accident. This sudden death inspires an emotional odyssey--first to a small town in Kansas, from which he retraces the migration of his mother's family to Hawaii, and then to Kenya, where he meets the African side of his family, confronts the bitter truth of his father's life, and at last reconciles his divided inheritance. 

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On Nov 21 2011, Frodobaggins said:
After reading 'The Audacity of Hope' I wanted to know more about how President Obama's background formed the upbeat, altruistic, intelligent ideas in his book.After reading 'Dreams From My Father', I ordered seven copies for family and friends. 'Dreams From My Father' shed light as to how Mr. Obama was able to formulate his humane, international, open, non-judgemental globallly informed, multi-cultural view of how best to lead America. It would be a wonderful book for American Middle and High School students to read and learn from.

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Raptis Rare Books US (US)
Bookseller’s Inventory #
127689
Title
Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance.
Author
Obama, Barack
Book condition
second hand
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Crown Publishers
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
2004
Keywords
Obama, President, signed first edition, U.S.
Bookseller catalogs
Biography and Autobiography;

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About Raptis Rare Books

Founded by Matthew and Adrienne Raptis, Raptis Rare Books is an antiquarian book firm that specializes in literature, children's books, economics, photo books, signed and inscribed books, and landmark books in all fields. Our business model is simple: we strive to handle books that are in exceptional condition and to provide exceptional customer service. We are proud members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and exhibit at major book fairs in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston, as well as other regional fairs.

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