The Other Barack

The Other Barack

The Bold and Reckless Life of President Obama's Father

Book - 2011
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"Barack Obama, father of the American president, was part of Africa's "independence generation" and in 1959 it seemed his star would shine brightly. He came to the U.S. from Kenya and was given a university scholarship. While in the Hawaii, he met Ann Dunham in 1961, and his son Barack was born. He left his young family to gain a master's degree from Harvard. After that, Obama's life became progressively more complicated. He was a brilliant economist, yet never held the coveted government job he felt should have been his. He was a polygamist, an alcoholic, and an ardent African nationalist unafraid to tell truth to power at a time when that could get you killed. Father of eight, nurturer of none, he was an unlikely person to father the first African American president of the United States. Yet he was, like that son, a man moved by the dream of a better world. Now, thanks to dozens of exclusive new interviews, prodigious research, and determined investigation, Sally Jacobs tells his full story"-- Provided by publisher.
"This is a biography of the senior Barack Obama, who is President Barack Obama's father"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781586487935
Branch Call Number: B OBAMA
Characteristics: p. cm


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Nov 19, 2011

This is a fascinating book about President Obama's father. I was concerned that it would be too much like a National Enquirer piece but it was well researched and well written.

From this book, you can see why Ann Dunham fell for this man. He was quite the big man on the campus in Hawaii - he was exotic, articulate, extremely intelligent, full of knowledge & opinions and she fell quite under his sway.

But readers also learn the reasons Ann divorced him:his tendency toward womanizing, his prioritizing of his own goals rather than taking care of his families, the strong drive to accomplish great things that led to severe disappointment (and alcoholism) when he failed his goals, his quick anger and aggression.

Even if he wasn't President Obama's father, this man is a fascinating case study.


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A biography of the American President's Kenyan father. This book tells the story of a gifted and intelligent man who threw away those gifts at every opportunity. Had this guy lived, he'd be a greater political liability than former President Carter's bubba brother.
The book is a trove of information about tribal customs in Kenya and the political events there in the 50ies and 60ies.


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