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Brother: A Story of Hope and Survival from Africa's Rebel Heart [Kindle Edition]

George Hussein Obama , Damien Lewis
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Length: 294 pages
  • Word Wise: Enabled
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Book Description

A down-and-out street kid by age fifteen.
A ghetto-dwelling ganja-head by age seventeen.
A street-fighting gangster by age eighteen.
A car-jacking gunman by age nineteen.
Facing death in the world’s most notorious prison by age twenty-one.
His gang name is “The Mamba”.
His real name is George Obama.
He’s the American President’s brother.
You’ll like him.

In this brilliant autobiography, George Obama, the brother of the most powerful man in the world, tells a story that is gripping, moving and inspirational. Born into a completely different world from his brother, he was caught up in a life of crime, where lives were cheap and short, and violence was the only way a man could fight his way out of the ghetto.

But through strength and character, George Obama turned everything around - escaping the gangs and building a future for himself.

From survival to hope, ‘Brother’ tells his amazing story.

It is a book that will appeal to anyone who wants to know more about the extraordinary family of the world's most powerful political leader - as well as day-to-day life on Africa's meanest streets.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.

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About the Author

George Obama lives and works in the ghetto in Nairobi, Kenya, under the auspices of the Huruma Centre Community Youth Group, and The Mwelu Foundation. He is presently setting up the George Hussein Obama Foundation to further his ghetto work.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1814 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd.; 1 edition (19 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008CYS8BE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #329,256 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the Media, Here You Get the Real Story 24 Jun. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
George Obama, the youngest half-brother of the American President, had a very different life from that of his brother, but this book reveals more about the George's story than the media has ever shown. Beyond court trials, this book reveals how a broken family led a teenager to find community in one of the most dangerous slums in the world - the violence-filled streets of Nairobi. Hearing George's perspective and understanding how he went from `The Mamba' gang leader to a community organiser of the slums is not only inspirational, but sheds new light on why he choose to stay within that community, even as his family rose to one of the most powerful offices in the world.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and moving 2 July 2012
By Nelson
Format:Kindle Edition
The account of his time in prison was a highlight of the autobiography for me; in particular the heart felt and persuasive speech George gives to save both himself and his fellow gang members from another three,life threatening months in prison. A tale of reform and triumph, this book can, and should be, read as its own story, as well as that of the brother of Barack Obama.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Charlie
Format:Kindle Edition
I opened this autobiography knowing nothing at all about George Hussein Obama and with no idea what to expect from his story. Whilst one is reminded of, and cannot help but be drawn to the link between George and Barack, this is George's story- an honest, modest and inspirational story and man. It is not just an insight into the brother of Barack Obama, but much more; the struggle of a boy with belonging and an insight into his culture, the slums and the violence of Nairobi. I finished it in one sitting! In addition, the links at the end to the Huruma Centre Youth Group and the Murelu Foundation were most appreciated.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From gang crime to huge inspiration - great book 25 Jun. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The narrative surpasses a simple autobiography to show the reality of what living in one of the most lawless and poverty stricken slums in Kenya truly means. Revealing a life that most cannot imagine, George Obama explains not only how he fell into car-jacking and street-fighting, but also how he left that lifestyle behind. With a conclusion delving into why George refused to leave his adopted family in the slums, but chose to instead work on bettering their situation, is a moving development. How his path compared to and crossed with that of his brother, President Obama, was also fascinating to follow.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Perspective from the Kenyan Slums 25 Jun. 2012
By Popps
Format:Kindle Edition
You learn a lot more than about a single life from this book, but about a way of life. The insider perspective from the Kenyan mean streets is a rare one and George's narrative allows for a vivid presentation of the slums. The life he lead to survive his environment was not pretty, but this book not only exposes not only internal motivations, but also displays how harsh a reality millions of people suffer from. There is a large personal growth from George and you become inspired by his determination to turn his life around. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thumping good read 17 July 2012
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This is a truly amazing book, written by the Kenyan half brother of Barack Obama. They had the same father, but were brought up in vastly different ways. George never knew his biological father and in spite of being brought up in a life of extraordinary privilege, by Kenyan standards, blew the lot and ended up a small time gangster in the Nairobi slums. After spending best part of a year in jail, for a crime he didn't commit, he is freed and sets about rebuilding his life and working for the street kids and in the ghetto, to try and make life a bit more bearable for the youngsters who are still forced to live there. A truly inspirational tale and one that is well worth reading, imvho. There are one or two typos in the narrative, but even so, whilst that sort of thing really does exasperate me, it is still a good read and one which I highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A different side 20 Jan. 2010
Homeland tells the tale of Barack Obama's half-brother whose life couldn't be more different to that of the current American president's. They share the same father, though he was an elusive figure for both, dying when George was just six months old. Growing up in Nairobi with his step-father and mother George's life begins happily enough; it is when this home splits with his mother's divorce that the trouble starts. Anger, followed by dropping out of school, drugs, drink and gang warfare prevails, but it is in the Nairobi ghettos he migrates to that George finds his calling, in his ability to reach out to the vast amount of children trapped in a life of poverty and despair. After meeting Obama a second time, the first when he was just five, George returns to the Nairobi ghettos to start a community support centre. This book by no means needs its political or celebrity connection in the face of Barack Obama, but it provides a harrowing contrast, between the vastly different problems and challenges these figures face across their worlds, and both brothers should be admired in their aims for change.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brother by George Hussein Obama
A really inspirational story. Told with a depth of anguish that can be felt as you read. Told with a truthful warts and all approach one can only admire the honesty behind the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mary Payne mary payne
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Thoroughly gripping where there is life there is hope do good in life goodness and blessings will follow this book shows that you can turn your life around
Published 17 months ago by Marciae59
5.0 out of 5 stars Struggle to survive
A very honest life history, very educating and detailed George is an inspiration to whoever wants to turn their live around
Published on 18 Aug. 2013 by Muji Eweino
5.0 out of 5 stars A+++
Nice straight forwards, simple reading. A book thats a joy to pick up as the author shows yo the pictures
Published on 9 Mar. 2013 by Noura4eva
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating from Start to End
I bought this book after reading interview with George Obama in The Telegraph. A fascinating tale of how two brother's can grow up so differently. Read more
Published on 16 July 2012 by Kate Barber
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring and uplifiting read
Although now overshadowed by a more famous half-brother, 'Homeland' tells the story of an equally fascinating Obama, George, whose difficult beginnings in and out of the Nairobi... Read more
Published on 26 Jan. 2010 by North London Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars The great Obama! (but not Barack)
A story of epic measures `Homeland' covers extreme highs and lows suffered by George Obama, the less known but by no means less heroic of the two Obama brothers. Read more
Published on 21 Jan. 2010 by H. Vasdekys
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