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Barack Obama in Hawai'i and Indonesia : the making of a global president

Author: Dinesh Sharma
Publisher: Santa Barbara, Calif. : Praeger, ©2011.
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The first 18 years of President Obama's life, from his birth in 1961 to his departure for college in 1979, were spent in Hawai'i and Indonesia. These years fundamentally shaped the traits for which the adult Obama is noted: his protean identity, his nuanced appreciation of multiple views of the same object, his cosmopolitan breadth of view, and his self-rooted "outpost" patriotism. Barack Obama in Hawai'i and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographie 1961-1979
Biography
Named Person: Barack Obama; Barack Obama; Barack Obama; Barack Obama; Barack Obama
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Dinesh Sharma
ISBN: 9780313385339 0313385335
OCLC Number: 548555647
Description: xxvi, 274 p., [20] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Prologue --
Transformation of the American mind --
Origin stories --
Women who shaped Obama --
Global schooling in Jakarta --
A new spring in Hawai'i --
Hybrid identity on the mainland --
Obama's mythic dreams --
The Obama world --
Reimagining the American dream.
Responsibility: Dinesh Sharma.

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Distinguishing itself from the mass of political biographies of Barack Obama, this first interdisciplinary study of Obama's Indonesian and Hawai'ian years examines their effect on his adult  Read more...

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"Whatever the final historical judgment of Obama's presidency, the very fact of it resonates globally as it signals that the United States is more in sync with the rest of the world than its Read more...

 
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"Sharma is currently on his world tour receiving already in Europe great press coverage and acclaim. He appears today in Belgian press. An interesting and thought provoking assessment of the global nature of the first black President of the USA and the first multicultural head of a Western...
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