Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Dreams from My Father (1995)

Author: Barack Obama
Title: Dreams from My Father
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Price: $1
LCC: E185.97.O23 A3 2004

I had wanted to write about the influence of Bladwin's writing on Barack Obama and then I stumbled upon an essay by Colm Tobin and thought, "Why bother? It's been done better before." Click here to read Tobin's essay "James Baldwin & Barack Obama" which appeared in The New York Review of Books.

In closing let me say that the idea that President Obama is unknowable seems to me totally false. This book is a well-written, open account of his maturation. It's not as good as Baldwin's writing, but so few autobiographies are. It's light years ahead of most political biographies.

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