Barack Obama's self-help book, 'Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance', has landed at No. 84 on our list of the Top 100 self-help books of all time.
The more personal of Barack Obama’s two books, “Dreams from My Father” is an autobiographical look at the forces that shaped his life. In it, we watch as Obama struggles to find his identify as part of a biracial family in Hawaii. He delves into his time at Harvard, then the work he did as a community organizer in Chicago, all the while working through his own motivations, and helping us to analyze ours. “Get involved in an issue that you’re passionate about,” he said in an interview with Amazon. “It almost doesn’t matter what it is.” His own journey is evidence of the power our beliefs have to shape our lives.
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Other books by Barack Obama1) 'The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream'. Fresh off his speech that propelled him into the national spotlight at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, Barack Obama sat down to write a book that expounded on his views. Amazon.com: Unlimited Power: The New Science Of Personal Achievement.
Related Self-Help Books"1) 'The Story Life of Abraham Lincoln: A Biography Composed of Five Hundred True Stories Told by Abraham Lincoln and His Friends.' Culled from hundreds of reputable sources, author Wayne Whipple has pulled together of book of the 500 greatest stories told by or about Abraham Lincoln. Stiched together like a narrative biography, the book shines light on Lincoln's life and eventual assasination. Amazon.com: 'The Story Life of Abraham Lincoln: A Biography Composed of Five Hundred True Stories Told by Abraham Lincoln and His Friends.'.
Who is Barack Obama? A short biography at SelfHelp.fmBarack Obama was catapulted into public consciousness with a single speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention:
"Now even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes. Well, I say to them tonight, there's not a liberal America and a conservative America; there's the United States of America.
"There's not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there's the United States of America.
"The pundits, the pundits like to slice and dice our country into red states and blue States: red states for Republicans, blue States for Democrats. But I've got news for them, too. We worship an awesome God in the blue states, and we don't like federal agents poking around our libraries in the red states.
"We coach little league in the blue states and, yes, we've got some gay friends in the red states.
"There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq, and there are patriots who supported the war in Iraq.
"We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.
"In the end, that's what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism, or do we participate in a politics of hope?"
Posted in full on WashingtonPost.com, the speech would evolve into the central theme behind Obama's own presidential campaign in 2008. "A politics based on hope."
Barack Obama now serves as the 44th President of the United States. The first African American to hold the office, he was inaugurated on January 20, 2009.