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Publisher's Summary

Now available unabridged on audio for the first time

Number one New York Times best seller

One of Essence's 50 Most Impactful Black Books of the Past 50 Years

In this iconic memoir of his early days, Barack Obama “guides us straight to the intersection of the most serious questions of identity, class, and race” (The Washington Post Book World).

In 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.

©2021 Barack Obama (P)2021 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Fluidly, calmly, insightfully, Obama guides us straight to the intersection of the most serious questions of identity, class, and race.” (Washington Post Book World)

“Beautifully crafted...moving and candid.... This book belongs on the shelf beside works like James McBride’s The Color of Water and Greg Williams’ Life on the Color Line as a tale of living astride America’s racial categories.” (Scott Turow)

“Provocative.... Persuasively describes the phenomenon of belonging to two different worlds, and thus belonging to neither.” (The New York Times Book Review)

“One of the most powerful books of self-discovery I’ve ever read, all the more so for its illuminating insights into the problems not only of race, class, and color, but of culture and ethnicity. It is also beautifully written, skillfully layered, and paced like a good novel.” (Charlayne Hunter-Gault) 

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Powerful

I'm as white as a sheet of printer paper so the struggles of a black man are not my experience. However I do try and understand the best I can. Obama talked a lot in this about a lot of interpersonal, and interracial conflicts I'd never considered and it was illuminating.
However even outside of that the story was riveting, emotional, and truly wonderful to listen to. I will absolutely revisit this one in time.

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It’s okay

I’m a conservative. I am working on being open minded, so I listened to this book to better understand the leader of the Democrat party. He did an outstanding job narrating this book and it is well written. The most surprising thing is how often he told stories that were based off of his assumptions and what he imagined of people to feel like or to have said.

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Humbling

I absolutely loved hearing the history of this great man. Learning about the experiences that shaped him and finding that in the end he os also very ordinary. It is our choices that shape us along with providence.

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Barack Obama is a great story teller

Barack Obama is a great man and I think that includes almost everything he does. The story does get a little slow towards the end BUT his ability to write and his ability to read the different characters is truly great.

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great look into how family affects us

Mr Obama goes through amazing tale of finding identity through being raised in many different cultures. as he goes through life different cultures affect him interestingly and guide him through his life. in the end most cultures have a common thread of humanity.

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Breathtakingly MAGNIFICENT !

Breathtakingly MAGNIFICENT. Barack's linguistic skills Truly MAKE book come alive ; and it is HYSTERICALLY FUNNY to hear our meticulously eloquent 44th President of the United States cuss with such fluent ease, just like my highly intelligent brother Bobby once he returned home from the U.S. Navy. :- D. To say I loved the book is a gross understatement. THANK You President OBAMA !!!

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Well written account of self discovery

Obama's account of his family history, self discovery, history of the changes in this world were well written/read, honest and entertaining.

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Enriching and enlightening

This deepened & enriched my understanding of a man I have admired since I interned as a social work student at the U of Chicago Law School where he was a professor as well as a candidate for US Senate. I am thankful he wrote this and that he has given our nation his reflections on being a Black man in this country raised by his white family.

I think this should be read by everyone and deem it an especially profound education for all in their late teens and early twenties.

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Excellent!

Obama's narration was perfect! I loved this book so much I would listen again. Especially the last chapter where he writes about his grandfather.

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Phenomenal read! A must read for those seeking to discover their identity(ies).

I’m a fan of the Obamas and figured I’d read more about Barack since he has published several books. I’ve read Becoming :).

There is never a dull moment with his stories and recollections.

Throughout this book I envisioned many of the situations, hardships and juxtaposed scenarios he described; Barack is a great story teller, full of depth, poise, critically analytical but also realistic lol.

I enjoyed hearing him recount his life especially his multiethnic foundation and totally relate with him searching for the true meaning of “Barack H Obama” for himself.