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Dreams From My Father

Dinesh D'Souza, Guilty on Campaign Finance Charges, Also Lied in Print About Obama

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

What D'Souza did is part and parcel of the right wing's campaign to paint Obama as, in the words Mitt Romney used to describe the president's ideas, "extraordinarily foreign."

Allen West Takes Shot At Obama's Memoir

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics

More than six months after losing his reelection bid, former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) is moving closer to publishing his first book. In the proces...

Obama Discusses Terrorism In 2004

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 11.26.2012 | Politics

During a November 2004 reading and Q&A session to promote his memoir, "Dreams From My Father," President Obama, then a senator-elect, detailed his vie...

Jane Austen Weekly: Spare Me the Political Narrative

Susan Celia Greenfield | Posted 01.14.2013 | Books
Susan Celia Greenfield

Unlike the typical politician, Austen always signals the artificiality of her narratives. If only political narratives -- or all the pundits insisting we need them -- could be as honest. But what politician says, "enjoy the artificiality of my American success story?"

If Obama Reimagined His Youth, So What?

Rick Newman | Posted 08.22.2012 | Politics
Rick Newman

Don't fault his personal narrative. We could actually use a lot more people with an exalted sense of purpose, all across the political spectrum. To have big ideas, you've got to have a compelling story first.

Why Is Everyone Talking About Obama's Composite Girlfriend?

Arthur Goldwag | Posted 07.04.2012 | Politics
Arthur Goldwag

Yesterday the interwebs were abuzz with stories about Obama's "composite girlfriend" -- the supposed bombshell that the story in Dreams From My Father about the white woman he had an affair with wasn't strictly true.

Obama Ad From 1995 Resurfaces

Posted 03.10.2012 | Politics

Years before President Obama launched a legislative career that would eventually bring him to the White House, he was a small-time author at times wor...

Barack Obama's Earliest Campaign Video?

Trish Mitchell | Posted 05.05.2012 | Politics
Trish Mitchell

In 1995, then-professor Barack Obama went on a very modest tour with his just published memoir, Dreams From My Father. During the tour, he underwent his first national interview on the PBS show Connie Martinson Talks Books.

WATCH Barack Obama's Mother: The Woman We Know Nothing About

Posted 08.15.2011 | Books

We know a lot about Barack Obama's father. Obama wrote a memoir about him, "Dreams from My Father." But the woman who gave birth to him, the white wom...

Can Memoir Be Trusted?

Michael Levy | Posted 06.29.2011 | Books
Michael Levy

Memoir, as its Latin root indicates, is a selection of subjective, often partially forgotten, memories. Readers do not expect memoirists to be journalists. What matters is trust.

Maya Soetoro-Ng Is The Latest Obama Family Author

nytimes.com | SHERYL GAY STOLBERG | Posted 06.13.2011 | Books

WASHINGTON — In the fall of 2007, while helping her ambitious older half-brother, Barack Obama, campaign for president, Maya Soetoro-Ng holed up in ...

Updating The Hero Myth Of Barack Obama

Christopher Cocca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Christopher Cocca

Know that you are always voting, at least in part, for echos of a common journey, and for the hope that once your hero wins the victory, he or she will not be changed by it.

Dreams From A Beleaguered President

politicsdaily.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Psychiatric therapy is often considered a helping profession, but not right now when the press pack is off on one of its "Have Analytic Couch, Will Tr...

Nobel Peace Prize Winners' Books

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The 2010 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to "Liu Xiaobo for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China," according to ...

Tax Day Showed Obama's Book Sales Bolstered His $5.5 Million Income

AP | CHARLES BABINGTON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

WASHINGTON — Thanks to revived book sales after he became president, Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, made $5.5 million last year. They paid...

New Yorker Editor David Remnick's Obama Biography Too Soft On The President?

Bloomberg | Jeffrey Burke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Some have seen Barack Obama as shape-shifter, world-class networker, memoirist, savior or putz. In "The Bridge," David Remnick, editor of the New Yor...

Obama Makes Most Of His Money From Book Royalties, Financial Disclosure Form Reveals

Seattle Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Obama's tax returns, released last month, attested to the family's improving financial condition. Propelled largely by sales of his two books, Obama's...

Inauguration Anniversary: Obama Books Then And Now (PHOTOS, POLL)

The Huffington Post | Amy Hertz and Jessie Kunhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Obama books started with the president himself launched onto the literary scene through the strength of his own writing and his spellbinding speech at...

The Writer-in-Chief

Steve Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Steve Ross

Dreams from My Father had received a few impressive blurbs and favorable reviews, but had sold only a few thousand copies, so had been out of print for years.

Lyndon Johnson's Thoughts on Obama's Nobel Peace Prize

Jonathan Leigh Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Leigh Solomon

And so I had to ask myself, if Lyndon were alive today, what he would make of Obama's receiving the Nobel Peace Prize? Knowing Lyndon it would probably be unprintable.

Guantanamo Detainees' Most Requested Books From Prison Library: Harry Potter, Don Quixote, And Obama's Dreams From My Father

juancole.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Journalist Besan Sheikh recently visited the Guantanamo Bay prison facility run by the US, where al-Qaeda and other prisoners from Bush's 'war on terr...

Obama Curses in Fake Interview (NSFW)

Casey Gane-McCalla | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Casey Gane-McCalla

Maybe it was just hearing a man so cool and dignified curse like a sailor. Here's a video I did using the those pieces of audio...

Being Biracial and Black in the Age of Obama

Casey Gane-McCalla | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Casey Gane-McCalla

When Obama was born, it was illegal in 16 states for blacks to mary whites. Today the product of a relationship between a black man and a white woman is the President of the United States.

Don't Forget Your Mother, Barack

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

A native Kansan who learned several languages, including Russian, Urdu, Spanish, Javanese and Bahasa Indonesia, Barack Obama's mother existed outside of the box of traditionalism.

The New Required Reading: "Dreams From My Father"

Erik Lundegaard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Erik Lundegaard

This is a book that echoes. Barack's father, in a letter to his 10-year-old son, tells him, "Like water finding its level, you will find a career that suits you."