An Obama's Journey: My Odyssey of Self-Discovery across by Mark Obama Ndesandjo

By Mark Obama Ndesandjo

During this revealing and fantastically written memoir, Mark Obama Ndesandjo, recounts his complicated dating along with his older half-brother, President Barack Obama, together with their first assembly in Kenya over two decades in the past. The publication additionally deals the author's inspiring own tale approximately identification and multiculturalism. infrequent relations pictures upload to the book's own nature as does the serious recounting of household violence in the house of Barack Obama Sr.'s and his 3rd spouse, Ruth Baker, Mark's Jewish-American mother.

The publication additionally makes an attempt to set the files immediately on numerous issues of the president's best-selling memoir Dreams from My Father. In its connection to President Obama, Mark's tale takes on a fair better value since it turns into all of the extra at once, a narrative of yankee identification and a window into the complicated determine of the daddy they proportion, Barack Obama Sr., their roots in Kenya, their multicultural identities, and their relationships with the United States.

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I rode bikes with pals like Mike Proctor, Joe O’Neill, and Robert McCleskey. We went on Cub Scout trips, and I sold Life Savers door-to-door for charity. My friends and I would play baseball for hours, hitting each other grounders and fly balls until Mother called over the fence in our yard for me to come in for dinner. I was thrilled when Dad came out to play. He was famous for catching pop-ups behind his back, a trick he learned in college. My friends and I tried to emulate him. We ended up with a lot of bruises on our shoulders.

Yet without the experiences of my first forty years, quitting drinking would not have been possible either. So much of my character, so many of my convictions, took shape during those first four decades. My journey included challenges, struggles, and failures. It is testimony to the strength of love, the power of faith, and the truth that people can change. On top of that, it was one interesting ride. I am the first son of George and Barbara Bush. My father wore the uniform in World War II, married his sweetheart as soon as he came home, and quickly started a new family.

As I pulled out of the driveway, she told me to drive steadily and avoid bumps. Then she said she had just had a miscarriage. I was taken aback. This was a subject I never expected to be discussing with Mother. I also never expected to see the remains of the fetus, which she had saved in a jar to bring to the hospital. I remember thinking: There was a human life, a little brother or sister. Mother checked herself into the hospital and was taken to an exam room. I paced up and down the hallway to steady my nerves.

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