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May 8, 2014

The Obamas: The Untold Story of an African Family

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The Obamas: The Untold Story of an African Family
This is a short review of The Obamas: The Untold Story of an African Family, written by Peter Firstbrook.

This story is not about President Barack Obama, so much as it is about the twenty generations of his father’s family that preceded him. It covers Kenyan history beginning with the migration of the Luo tribe from Sudan four centuries ago to British colonial rule in the early Twentieth Century and the politics of Barack Senior’s generation. It certainly attempts to settle some of the controversies surrounding the President, namely the “birther theories” that he was born in Kenya and not in Hawaii (thereby making him ineligible to hold the office of President), as well as the claim that he professes the Christian faith publicly but is actually a Muslim (and therefore sympathetic to anti-American regimes and organizations). The author, an Englishman, begins the book by noting how foreigners often watch the workings of American politics with an acute understanding that the results of our elections have global impact, something that United States citizens take for granted. He ends with commentary on the difficulties one encounters when gathering family history data, especially a history that has been passed down orally for many generations. It is a very interesting story and well worth the read!

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