on 25 January 2013
This is a lengthy and absorbing book. It is an honest and objective attempt to give a factual and detailed account of the influences that formed the character of Barack Obama. It explores the families histories of both his parents in Kansas and Kenya. It demonstrates the surprisingly random way these two histories touched on each other. We then follow the influences in Obama's childhood life from Hawaii to Indonesia and back to Hawaii, leaving his mother behind. We continue through his colege life and onto to his subsequent career. The detail is at times amazing. The author has attempted to reach and speak to as many people as he can who crossed Obama's path in life. He makes every attempt to be fair by demonstrationing conflicting recollections and treats everyone with human respect. The book left me a better educated human being with a greater insight in what is is like to be a multicultural human being raised in a multicultural world.