Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama

Very interesting book. Obama writes about what it was like growing up as a mixed race child in Hawaii - his confusion over who he was and where he fit in. Even though he was raised by a white mother and white grandparents, he always identified himself as black.

From the Epilogue:

"The study of law can be disappointing at times, a matter of applying narrow rules and arcane procedure to an uncooperative reality; a sort of glorified accounting that serves to regulate the affairs of those who have power -- and that all too often seeks to explain, to those who do not, the ultimate wisdom and justness of their condition.

"But that's not all the law is. The law is also memory; the law also records a long-running conversation, a nation arguing with its conscience."

I rate this book 3 out of 5.

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