This book covers the early life of Barack Obama up to his first real job as a community organiser and was written when he was 33. The writing is fluid and at some passages are beautiful. It reveals a very self aware, extremely intelligent and very self conscious person trying to grow up battling the contradictions of growing up in a mixed race family.
On the down side, some passages are a bit preachy and Obama leaves out crucial bits of information, like why did he choose to become a community worker is not adequately explained in my view. Also he leaves out his political views and does not disclose his political ambitions or lack of it.
But overall a highly engaging and rewarding read. The last passage of his trip to Kenya is easily the best. In the end the book is really what the title is, Obama and his understanding of his father's life and why he took the decisions he did going right into the heart of racial relations in US and Africa.
Enjoyed reading the book. Loads of things to learn from Mr Obama's life. His depiction of racism and inheritance is awfully beautiful. Each and every youth can identify himself/herself with the quest for identity that Mr Obama pursues, though in a different context but the bottom-line remains the same.
I was really impressed by this book; I don't think it would have the same type of emotional honesty if he were to write it today but at this moment he was under no pressure and really told a emotional story of his life.