As I write this review it is three days to the inauguration of Barack Obama as 44th President of the United States - I followed his election with much interest. As Christmas present I got a copy of this book first published in 1995, well before he became better known as a Senator and Presidential candidate. My first reaction on finishing this book is that the USA and the world are in a safe pair of hands for the next four years.
This is a very refreshing book that tells in his own words about his early days in Hawaii and Indonesia - an ordinary life, though his colour and race were always an issue. His time in Chicago is what really moulds him into the man we now know. This man genuinely gave of himself to try to better the lives of Chicago's poorest people.
For me the best part of the book is when he describes his first visit to Kenya. The narration is sometimes funny, sometimes moving, but always honest. He describes his struggles to claim his identity - finally realizing who he was after visiting the grave of his father.
If you want to get inside the mind of the soon to be most powerful man in the world, then this is a must read. You will not be disappointed - even opponents of Obama will find this a fascinating book.