Since Barack Obama took the presidency in 2008, there have been countless books written about his life, speeches, and religious values, but few have thoroughly examined one of the former senator’s closest family members: Barack Hussein Obama, his father. Now Boston Globe reporter Sally H. Jacobs has shed new light on this brilliant and yet deeply flawed man in her new book, The Other Barack: The Bold and Reckless Life of President Obama’s Father. Following Barack I from his humble job as a cook for British colonists in Kenya, to his relationship in the states with Ann Dunham and failure at Harvard, and later to his alcoholism, unemployment and mysterious death in a car crash, Jacobs analyzes the influences that shaped the veering and memorable life course of “the other Barack.” His Muslim faith, polygamy and near-attempt to give the future president up for adoption are treated with great attention, as are his intellectual promise and commitment to an independent Kenya. Join Patt for a discussion of Barack Obama Sr. and weigh in with your questions and comments.
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