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.
Pictured in lefthand photograph on cover: Habiba Akumu Hussein
and Barack Obama, Sr. (President Obama's paternal grandmother and
his father as a young boy). Pictured in righthand photograph on
cover: Stanley Dunham and Ann Dunham (President Obama's maternal
grandfather and his mother as a young girl).
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