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I admired Michelle Obama for her grace and abilities before listening to this book: admiration enhanced by learning of her humble origins, tenacity in getting a first-rate education and, then using her success to help those less fortunate.
One has to give credit to her parents, who, far from wealthy in monetary terms instilled in their two children a desire for education and a social conscience. Both Michelle and her brother went to top universities and achieved success in their chosen careers. Sadly, Michelle’s father died young, but her mother lived to have the extraordinary experience of living in the White House: a staggering contrast to her early life. A lovely thought!
This is not just a book about Michelle, but also charts Barack’s rise to power. I was surprised to learn that in their early years together Michelle had the more successful career. However, latterly his career took off in no small measure aided by Michelle’s invaluable help on the campaign trail.
The book gives an insight into the rigours of running for political office and how circumscribed the life of a prominent politician has to be. Never being able to go anywhere without secret service agents, even for their children going to school. Forever the fear of assassination, sadly, even more of a threat for a black president. I was disgusted by the venom posted on social media against the family.
The book also reminds one of how recently the Southern States of the USA exercised discrimination little different from apartheid in South Africa and the Klu Klux Klan literally got away with murder. So although things are not perfect it’s a an amazing change that an African American was elected president and his wife generally be so admired. It’s a pity that Michelle isn’t interested in a political career as I think she would be an inspirational president.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
This book is not so much about Michelle Obama, more about people on the periphery of her life. I've found it so tedious, I've given up just as she leaves college. It might be more interesting as she takes up residence in the White House, but I haven't got the will to listen to any more. So many other books to listen to!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Having not known much about Michelle Obama, I never expected to be so inspired about her life story. I think Barack Obama is one lucky man! I think she should run for president in the future.
18 of 19 people found this review helpful
I was excited to listen to a biography ofone of my heroes. Michelle Obama is an impressive person who coped well with some incredible pressures as First Lady. Disappointingly, I found this book to be, often, a stringing- together of info and quotes rather than a coherent story. The narration was a little melodramatic and there were errors in pronunciation that should have been picked up.
15 of 16 people found this review helpful