Today I’m reviewing one of my favorite autobiographies, Dreams From My Father, by Barack Obama. Obama wrote this book well before he had recieved any public fame for his political career. The timing of that certainly makes the story feel more relatable. While it will always be argued over how good a politician Barack Obama is, his skill in writing and conveying beautiful messages in this autobiography is undoubtedly amazing.
In this autobiography, Obama recollects and reflects on everything from his earliest childhood memories to his marriage to Michelle Obama. All his memories are centrally based on the theme of the absence of his father from his life, and how the enigma of his father created by everyone around him shaped Obama to become the man he is today. Obama holds nothing back from this book; the brutal honesty makes the book extremely relatable and endears the reader to Obama. The messages are deep and plentiful. I was shocked at some of the exploits of Obama when he was younger, and even more so that he openly acknowledged them. The writing is as nice as his speeches are, which is to say it’s nothing short of excellent. It’s written so well that the book feels more like a fast-paced deep novel instead of an autobiography. There’s a lot to learn from Obama’s life; the depth of the book is astounding, and it’s a definite feel-good story; if you’re going to read an autobiography, this is the one to read.
I don’t have any complaints with this book. The writing is balanced in that it covers all aspects of Obama’s life equally, and doesn’t leave much out in terms of content. The honesty of the writing still amazes me; Obama doesn’t hesitate to admit to his mistakes of the past. He doesn’t flatter himself, and asks no favors of the reader. Because the book was written before his fame, a whole other aspect of his life is exposed, one which is as beautiful as it is unexpected. The writing is great, the content is plentiful, and the messages deep. It’s hard, if not impossible, to pick fault with this autobiograpy.
In conclusion, I’d rate Dreams From My Father an absolute 10/10. If this book isn’t a must-read, I don’t know what is. There are so many lessons to be learned from this book. It bridges the racial gap in America, and serves as a beacon of perseverance, success, and above all, hope for the human race. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again; it matters not if you like Obama or not, if you intend to read an autobiography, this is the one that needs to be read.