Barack Obama | Best Books and His Inspiring Story
Background Story of Barack Obama | Biography and His Symbolic Personality
Barack Hussein Obama is an American democratic politician and the 44th president of the United States of America. He was born on August 4, 1961 in Hawaii. He won the seat of the US president in 2008 and ruled as the president from 2009 to 2017 through the Democratic Party.
Barack Obama began his life from a lowly background. His father, Hussein Onyango Obama, was a Kenyan, while his mother, Ann Dunham, was an American. Despite his black background, he propelled against all odds to become one of the most notable political figures in human history.
The inspiration in the name “Obama” is not only embedded in his political prowess and his achievement as a leader but in what he represents. Obama is an African American and the first black American to become the president of the United States.
The popular ‘I have a Dream Speech by Martin Luther King Junior was, somehow, epitomized by Barack Obama as the president of the US. His emergence as the US president, therefore, was a symbolic fulfillment of prophecies about the future of American freedom and the long-awaited future of dreams for Black Americans and other black communities around the world.
“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with heat of oppression will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.”- Martin Luther King, Jr. (I have a dream speech, Aug. 28, 1963, during the March on Washington).
Obama is one of the most respected and loved leaders in American history. His speeches were full of inspiration for both the young and the old. Even after his tenure as a president, he is still one of the most prominent democratic voices in America.
Barack Obama is seen as someone who restore the hope of democracy and freedom in the United States after failed policies by the leaders that preceded him. His role in international peace won him the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.
He founded many organizations but the most prominent is The Barack Obama Foundation. This foundation is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization founded in 2014.
He is currently living happily with his wife, Michelle Obama and his two Daughters, Malia Obama and Sasha Obama.
5 Most Inspiring and Popular Books by Barack Obama
As a successful individual and a symbol of freedom and democracy, Obama has inspired the world with his actions and words. He has made many archived speeches and written many books.
He is the author of three New York Times bestselling books, The Audacity of Hope, Dreams from My Father and A Promised Land.
The most prominent books written or attributed to Obama are:
1. Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
This memoir is self-expression of his early life as a black American, the subject and his view of racism from childhood, and how he was able to sail through all the challenges.
Dreams from My Father was first released in August 2004, as published by The Crown Publishing Group. The book was originally written in English with ISBN 1400082773.
It has different formats including hardcover, paperback, and Library binding.
2. A Promised Land
A Promised Land is a memoir series and has about 12 Editions. It was also published by Crown Publishing Group, and released in November 2020.
The Book Paperback has 768 Pages with ISBN 1524763160 and 9781524763169 ISBN13. The book was named one of the best books of the year by both the New York Times and the Washington Post.
In this memoir, Barack Obama shade more light on his identity struggle as a black American throughout his political career, his opposition to his aspiration for the presidency, and his impact as a president.
It is a story of faith, hope, positivity, visions, and leadership embedded in one symbolic individual, Barack Obama.
3. The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
The Audacity of Hope was the second book written by Barack Obama. The book was written months before he began his presidential campaign in February 2007.
The Audacity of Hope was the title with similarity to his KeynoteAddress at Democratic National Convention which took place from July 26 to 29, 2004 at the Fleet Center.
This was the time people began to eye him as a future president of the US because of the wonderful address he rendered. The book was written three years later at the onset of his presidential race.
The book gives his view of America with emphasis on the American place in the global perspective and the need for a shared understanding among Americans through a new era of political reforms.
The Audacity of Hope was a hardcover and was first published on October 17, 2006, when he was still a Senator. The book has 362 pages. The book became the number one bestseller on both the New York Times and Amazon.com bestseller lists in the fall of 2006. The book exists in different formats including hardcopy, audio, and kindle.
4. Change We Can Believe in Barack Obama's Plan to Renew America's Promise
This book exists in paperback, audio CD, and other formats. It was originally written in English but has French and Hindu translations, among others. It was first published by Crown Publishing Group and released in September 6, 2008.
5. Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters
The Hardcover of 40 pages was first published on November 16th, 2010 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. It is a children’s book with images and illustrations by Loren Long (an award-winning illustrator).
In this wonderful picture book, Barack Obama delivers an amazing lesson in form of a letter to his children and all the American children. The book tells the greatness of (his) children and the dreams of the American people through its past leaders.
Barack Obama has written many books. Besides being a great leader, his inspiring story makes him a symbolic personality, not only in the US, but the world at large. He is a living inspiration to many, and a leader to look up to as a mentor and a window of light for the future of democracy and freedom. His legacy will live on, even to the unborn generations to come.