This memoir was published in July 1995 when Barack Obama was preparing to launch his political career in a campaign for an Illinois office, five years after being elected in 1990 as the first African-American president of the prestigious Harvard Law Review. It covers the events of his life up until his entry into law school. The book has 442 pages (Canongate edition 2007) and consists of nineteen chapters and a short epilogue.
The book is astonishingly well written (considering that Barack Obama is not a professionell writer).
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