"My identity might begin with the fact of my race, but it didn't, couldn't end there. At least that's what I would choose to believe": First Edition of Dreams From My Father; Signed by President Barack Obama

  • Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance.

Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance.

Item Number: 4681

New York: Times Books/ Random House, 1995.

First edition of this early memoir of the 44th President of the United States. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Barack Obama on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

"All men live in the shadow of their fathers—the more distant the father, the deeper the shadow. Barack Obama describes his confrontation with this shadow in his provocative autobiography and he also persuasively describes the phenomenon of belonging to two different worlds, and thus belonging to neither At a young age and without much experience as a writer, Barack Obama has bravely tackled the complexities of his remarkable upbringing" (The New York Times). In discussing Dreams from My Father, Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison has called Obama "a writer in my high esteem" and the book "quite extraordinary." She praised "his ability to reflect on this extraordinary mesh of experiences that he has had, some familiar and some not, and to really meditate on that the way he does, and to set up scenes in narrative structure, dialogue, conversation—all of these things that you don't often see, obviously, in the routine political memoir biography. It's unique. It's his. There are no other ones like that."