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The Obamas - The Untold Story of an African Family

Peter Firstbrook

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"Fascinating...adds many interesting details to what we know of the President's heritage." --David Remnick, TheNewYorker.com On January 20, 2009, a few hundred men, women, and children gathered under trees in the twilight at K'obama, a village on the shores of Lake Victoria in western Kenya. Barack Obama's rise to the American presidency had captivated people around the world, but members of this gathering took a special pride in the swearing in of America's first black president, for they were all Obamas, all the president's direct African family. In the first in-depth history of the Obama family, Peter Firstbrook recounts a journey that starts in a mud hut by the White Nile and ends seven centuries later in the White House. Interweaving oral history and tribal lore, interviews with Obama family members and other Kenyans, the writings of Kenyan historians, and original genealogical research, Firstbrook sets the fascinating story of the president's family against the background of Kenya's rich culture and complex history. He tells the story of farmers and fishermen, of healers and hunters, of families lost and found, establishing for the first time the early ancestry of the Obamas. From the tribe's cradleland in southern Sudan, he follows the family generation by generation, tracing the paths of the famous Luo warriors-Obama's direct ancestors-and vividly illuminating Luo politics, society, and traditions. Firstbrook also brings to life the impact of English colonization in Africa through the eyes of President Obama's grandfather Onyango. An ambitious and disciplined man who fought in two world wars, witnessed the bloody Mau Mau insurrection, and saw his country gain independence from white rule, Onyango was also hot-tempered and autocratic: family lore has it that President Obama's grandmother abandoned the family after Onyango attempted to murder her. And Firstbrook delves into the troubled life of Obama's father, a promising young man whose aspirations were stymied by post-independence tribal politi

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English

Length:

9h 33m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

09:21


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:06


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:32


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:52


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:08


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:42


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:22


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:58


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:14


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:17


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:43


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:36


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:03


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:06


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:38


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:53


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:27


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:27


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:38


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:29


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:46


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:23


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:54


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

09:14


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:02


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:27


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:01


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:52


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:14


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:59


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:42


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:01


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:50


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:11


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:23


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:50


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:29


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:34


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:10


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:34


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:34


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:56


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:41


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:40


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:39


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:37


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:37


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:00


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:46


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

09:25


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:16


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:45


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:10


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:11


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:57


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:11


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:52


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:54


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:11


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

02:35


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:36


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:11


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:38


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:30


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:34


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:00


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:02


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:22


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:12


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:01


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:51


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:54


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:01


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:36


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:10


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:26


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

08:11


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:34


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

08:36


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

00:36