In a riveting narrative, The Inheritance describes the huge costs of distraction and lost opportunities at home and abroad as Iraq soaked up manpower, money, and intelligence capabilities. The 2008 market collapse further undermined American leadership, leaving the new president with a set of challenges unparalleled since Franklin D. Roosevelt entered the Oval Office. The Inheritance takes readers to Afghanistan, where Bush never delivered on his promises for a Marshall Plan to rebuild the country, paving the way for the Taliban´s return. It examines the chilling calculus of North Korea´s Kim Jong-Il, who built actual weapons of mass destruction in the same months that the Bush administration pursued phantoms in Iraq, then sold his nuclear technology in the Middle East in an operation the American intelligence apparatus missed. And it explores how China became one of the real winners of the Iraq war, using the past eight years to expand its influence in Asia, and lock up oil supplies in Africa while Washington was bogged down in the Middle East. Yet Sanger, a former foreign correspondent in Asia, sees enormous potential for the next administration to forge a partnership with Beijing on energy and the environment. At once a secret history of our foreign policy misadventures and a lucid explanation of the opportunities they create, The Inheritance is vital listening for anyone trying to understand the extraordinary challenges that lie ahead. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robertson Dean. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/001677/bk_rand_001677_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, Illinois U.S. Senator Barack Obama, the son of a black African father and a white American mother, recounts his search for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ? In this iconic memoir of his early days, Barack Obama ´´guides us straight to the intersection of the most serious questions of identity, class, and race´´ (The Washington Post Book World). ´´Quite extraordinary.´´-Toni Morrison In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father-a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man-has been killed in a car accident. This sudden death inspires an emotional odyssey-first to a small town in Kansas, from which he retraces the migration of his mother´s family to Hawaii, and then to Kenya, where he meets the African side of his family, confronts the bitter truth of his father´s life, and at last reconciles his divided inheritance. Praise for Dreams from My Father ´´Beautifully crafted . . . moving and candid . . . This book belongs on the shelf beside works like James McBride´s The Color of Water and Gregory Howard Williams´s Life on the Color Line as a tale of living astride America´s racial categories.´´-Scott Turow ´´Provocative . . . Persuasively describes the phenomenon of belonging to two different worlds, and thus belonging to neither.´´-The New York Times Book Review ´´Obama´s writing is incisive yet forgiving. This is a book worth savoring.´´-Alex Kotlowitz, author of There Are No Children Here ´´One of the most powerful books of self-discovery I´ve ever read, all the more so for its illuminating insights into the problems not only of race, class, and color, but of culture and ethnicity. It is also beautifully written, skillfully layered, and paced like a good novel.´´-Charlayne Hunter-Gault, author of In My Place ´´Dreams from My Father is an exquisite, sensitive study of this wonderful young author´s journey into adulthood, his search for community and his place in it, his quest for an understanding of his roots, and his discovery of the poetry of human life. Perceptive and wise, this book will tell you something about yourself whether you are black or white.´´-Marian Wright Edelman
Dreams from My Father:A Story of Race and Inheritance Barack Obama
Dreams from My Father:A Story of Race and Inheritance. Abridged Ed Barack Obama