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In New Biography, Obama Asks: Am I An American?

tito18 Wrote: May 16, 2012 4:46 PM
Self-criticism is valuable and should encourage change as you point out, However, too many people read this novel to condemn the US and to perpetuate the myth that Americans are clods lacking in knowledge and respect for other nations and cultures. When I reviewed the book after it was written, it spoke to me about how we can change and make a difference. Soon thereafter, the Peace Corp was established and many Americans attempted to dispel the notion that we are unsophisticated and provincial people concerned only with money and consumerism. However, for many, the novel justified their hatred and disdain for the US. This negative view continues to this day and I am afraid Obama still harbors resentment over what the US did to other nation.

Ever since the 2008 campaign, many voters, and some journalists, too, have felt they know Barack Obama's life story. In fact, the story they know is the one Obama told them.

Obama's first memoir, "Dreams From My Father," published in 1995, has become the semiofficial record of his life. But it is not the complete record of his life. It's partially fictionalized, with composite characters who Obama has always acknowledged were created to make the story read better. It focuses on a few themes Obama wanted to present to the public about himself. And, as with any memoir, it is told completely...