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Homeland: An Extraordinary Story of Hope and Survival [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

George Hussein Obama , Dion Graham
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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30 Jan 2010
Homeland is the remarkable memoir of George Obama, President Obama's Kenyan half brother, who found the inspiration to strive for his goal to better the lives of his own people in his elder brother's example. In the spring of 2006, George met his older half brother, then U.S. senator Barack Obama, for the second time the first was when he was five. The father they shared was as elusive a figure for George as he had been for Barack; he died when George was six months old. George was raised by his mother and stepfather, a French aid worker, in a well-to-do suburb of Nairobi. He was a star pupil and rugby player at a top boarding school in the Mount Kenya foothills, but after his mother and stepfather separated when he was fifteen, he was deprived of the only father figure he had ever known. Now left angry, rebellious, and troubled, his life crashed and burned. George dropped out of school and started drinking and smoking hashish. From there it was only a short step to the gangland and a life of crime. He gravitated to Nairobi's vast ghetto, and in the midst of its harsh existence discovered something wholly unexpected: a vibrant community and a special affinity with the slum kids, whom he helped survive amid grinding poverty and despair. When he was twenty, he and three fellow gangsters were arrested for a crime they did not commit and imprisoned for nine months in the hell of a Nairobi jail. In an extraordinary turn of events, George went on to represent himself and the other three at trial. The judge threw out the case, and George walked out of jail a changed man. After winning his freedom, George met his American brother for a second time, and was left with a strong impression that Barack would run for the American presidency. George was inspired by his older brother's example to try to change the lives of his people, the ghetto-dwellers, for the better.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (30 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441733183
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441733184
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 16.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and moving 2 July 2012
By Nelson
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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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By Charlie
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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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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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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 Fascinating from Start to End 16 July 2012
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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. George Obama's life seems to differ from that of his Presidential half-brother's on almost every level, and yet George has the power to engage the reader in a similar way that Barack Obama can engage audiences. Even as his family rises to become arguably one of the most powerful ones in the world, George stays close to his roots in what is a heart warming and enlightening autobiography.
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