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The Roots of Obama’s Rage

We are today living out the script for America and the world that was dreamt up not by Obama but by Obama’s father. How do I know this? Because Obama says so himself. Reflect for a moment on the title of his book: it’s not Dreams of My Father but rather Dreams from My Father. In other words, Obama is not writing a book about his father’s dreams
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Published October 4th 2011 by Regnery Publishing (first published September 27th 2009)
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Yes, it does have a provacative title and cover, which makes me cringe to post this on goodreads. But it was such an enthralling book I can't not post it. And the cover/title just don't seem to match the inside of the book! I agree with what another reviewer said, that those choices were probably made by the publisher and not the author. I think the title of Obama's own autobiography would fit better, because this book is really all about the "dreams of [his] father", understanding Obama's relat ...more
Whether you are an Obama fan or not, The Roots of Obama’s Rage is a must-read. I rarely give the full five stars but this is a ringer. Be sure to read the last chapter though, because if you agree with Obama about the evils of American and formerly European hegemony, D’Souza delivers a potent rebuttal.

In this book D’Souza takes us back to Barak Obama’s childhood and explores how his experiences and particularly his attachment to his father formulated his world view. This world view might be sum
E.L. Drayton
This book was a quick read that makes me now want to read Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama. I found the history of Obama to be interesting and I wonder why I did not learn any of this until reading this book? I would have to say that more than 75% of the book is factual while Mr. D'Souza does give a few opinions. It's hard to keep your opinions to yourself especially if you want this book to be readable by many people across many ages.

I recommend this book to people who did not vote for Oba
After hearing the buzz about the movie "2016," and knowing I would have a hard time attending, I went to the book to learn what D'Souza had to say about Barack Obama's 4 years in office.

Born in Hawaii, just 2 yrs after it became the last state in the union, Obama was surrounded by the heated resentment of locals still smarting from the forceful military take over of the Hawaiian Islands under President McKinley. His mother remarried an Indonesian who paid lip service to her anti-colonial views
Intellectual, clear, methodical analysis of Obama’s influences, agendas, and behaviors

Having recently read Edward Klein’s The Amateur (and having liked it, despite its short length and superficial content), I was struck by just how intellectual, methodical, clear and thoughtful this book is. D’Souza takes the reader through a very systematic approach of analyzing Obama’s influences from childhood to the present and using them to explain his actions and words throughout his life, and even to pred
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The Roots of Obama’s Rage, by Dinesh D’Souza

Dinesh D’Souza wrote The Roots of Obama’s Rage to demean, dishonor, and denigrate Barack Obama. It’s appropriate that the dust jacket has tints of blood red because it’s a political hatchet-job.

It might dismay Mr. D’Souza to learn his diatribe actually had the opposite affect on me: It gave me a clearer understanding and greater respect for the transcending mission that has driven the President: combatting exploitation.

That this book has co
Denise Louise
I mostly read this book to see if I could understand the roots of the rage against Obama, as I don't see as much rage in the President as I do in his opposition. The book began in a seemingly logical fashion, but pretty quickly degenerated into a lot of the normal rhetoric. It's difficult to take the author seriously when any actions by Obama that don't fit his theory are written off as a smokescreen by a manipulative genius. You can prove any theory you want if you ignore all evidence that does ...more
Pat Herndon
Rarely do I choose to read anything as partisan and pseudo-intellectual as this book. I was asked to go see the movie Obama 2016 and knew that I would not. Instead I decided to read the book upon which it was based and draw my own conclusions. Let me preface by saying that I have previously read Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope. I have also read Janny Scott's, A Singular Woman, the biography of Obama's mother. I feel pretty comfortable in my basic understanding of Barack Obama's ro ...more
Adam Ross
This was a haunting, spell-binding book. I am not a neo-con like D'Souza, but I picked up this book almost by accident and couldn't resist the opportunity to read an account of Obama the man from another minority with a biography so close to Obama's own. With a title like this, complete with the glaring picture of a frowning Obama on the front cover, I was worried that the book would be nothing but more empty polemic. Thank goodness that assumption was not true. In fact, I can't think of a more ...more
I listened to this on audio and found it very intriguing. The anti-colonial theories do explain so many of Obama's puzzling decisions, inactions, and attitudes. I was able to relate on a personal level as Obama was influenced by many of the writers / philosophers / critics regularly shoved down my own throat as a graduate student in the early 90s when anti-colonialist study was at a high pitch. He totally bought into it - AND having a father who lived and breathed that stuff.... he just couldn't ...more
In a mass of anti-Obama books, Dinesh D'Souza has clearly done the best job of getting to his real motivation. I'd be surprised if anyone could finish this book and not be convinced of the anti-colonial Obama agenda. D'Souza's theory is based on Obama's own words and stories about his past. Anti-colonialism holds the explanatory and predictive power that other critics have lacked by citing Marxism, Islam, or any other motivator. Obama didn't become president to help people live the American drea ...more
This was an extremely interesting book. Regardless of your politics, you should enjoy reading this fascinating analysis of Obama's motivations as a person and a politician.

The book quickly and succinctly presents all of the key moments in Obama's personal life - much of it in his own words - as well as his political life and assesses the experiences through the prism of mid-20th century anti-colonialism.

The book is filled with literally hundreds of quotes, anecdotes, and events that will make y
I've often found Obama's actions confusing. It's hard to figure out what his agenda is. Why does he support off shore drilling off of Brazil but not the U.S.? Why is he hard nosed about his aunt being in the U.S. illegally but not about Arizona's immigration reform? Reading this book sheds some light on the motives behind some of Obama's actions.

I think the author makes a compelling argument that Obama is making decisions based upon an anti-colonial sentiment. This may seem like a strange argum
Michael Robinson
Wow...What an eye opening book! The author, Dinesh D'Sousa starts presenting a theory as to what drives Obama deep down and then, like a good prosecuting attorney, presents his case very thoroughly and methodically. Moreover, he also examines other popular theories to explain the enigmatic and secretive Barack Obama, and then proceeds to illustrate the flaws and shortcomings in these lenses.

I felt like I was on a journey with a good investigator traveling the globe, and retracing the steps of O
I did not want to put this book down. Mr D'Souza is Indian but writes a captivating English text. Word of warning: If your rating of our current president's administration is very positive, you should not read this book. Dinesh D'Souza finds an interpretation of President Obama's otherwise incongruous decisions and actions. D'Souza provides a view of Obama's administration that wipes away the ambiguity of seemingly disconnected and contradictory approaches in Presidential Leadership. If you are ...more
Just finished reading "Root's of Obama's Rage" by Dinesh D'Souza... thanks, Wolf, for recommending this book! WOW. (For you lefties, it's not what you think: it's an analysis of how Obama Sr. and his Anti-Colonialist world view shaped the world view of his son.) It's a very, very well-written book. D'Souza, a native of Mumbai, has a a unique first-hand perspective on colonialism, and offers some interesting arguments that someone without his unique history can not. D'Souza was also very thorough ...more
This interpretation of Barak Obama, written very thoughtfully and carefully by D'Souza, is a must read for every American. Whether or not you support Obama, this book clarifies many of Obama's statements, flash points, seeming disengagement, and actions (the return of Churchill's bust to Britain, as an example). D'Souza theorizes, and then supports said theory, that Obama is a anti-colonialist, following in the footsteps of the father he hardly knew. I still don't agree with Obama or his policie ...more
I’m not buying the anti-colonialism argument. It requires psychoanalyzing Mr. Obama, something that I don’t think Mr D’Souza is qualified to do. Besides that, why is there an effort to find some secret motivation for the President’s policies when Conservatives ought to be able to argue Conservative principles compared to traditionally Liberal ones? For that, I would rate this book very low.

In addition, one of my pet peeves, on page 197, Mr. D’Souza repeats the incomplete statistics surrounding t
D'Souza offers an interesting perspective on our puzzling president. It's hard to argue with many of his conclusions.

I give this book 4 stars instead of 5 because D'Souza doesn't deal at all with unions, which seem to be an important key to understanding Obama's philosophy. Also, much less importantly for the purposes of the book, there is no mention of Michelle and anything about their relationship that might further D'Souza's argument.

The test of D'Souza's theory, that Obama is driven by Afro-
John Sibley

The way President Obama handled the debt ceiling crisis sheds more light on his political choices [ fight or flight ] and political ideology than speculating about his multicultural politics in his youth.
The debt ceiling debacle totally discredits D' Souza's thesis that a grass root organizer from Chicago, elected president of the United States , political modus operandi is based on some exoctic Socialist Marxist stew he has gulped down sin
The Roots of Obama's Rage reveals more about the rage of the Christian right towards Obama than Obama's supposed rage against America. D'Souza, the guy who frequently debates the atheist in those debates about the existence of God, takes it as a given that Obama wants to destroy America, and puts forth an intriguing but illogical explanation for Obama's alleged hatred of the country he leads.

D'Souza theorizes that Obama was indoctrinated with anti colonialism by his Kenyan father. It's a neat li
Do you think Obama is a socialist? Do you think he's an Islamic sympathizer? Does that scare you? This book shows that his plans for America are far worse than just socialism. It reveals how much of his father's hatred of colonialism has colored his doctrine. Yes, the same father who abandoned Barack, Jr. entirely, had multiple wives, lost his legs in a drunk driving accident that killed another man, and ended up dying in another drunk driving accident. Like many children abandoned by their fath ...more
A lot of Americans are trying to figure out just who is the President and I think this guy may have nailed it down & it's as bad as we have's also proof that perhaps some people really shouldn't be allowed to pro-create! We are being led by a man who idolizes his dead father who left him while he was a toddler, re-appeared for a few days & died years later, in Africa, in a drunk driving accident that he caused. In the meantime, he fathered several other children with at least ...more
Once again Dinesh D'Souza shows such insight into the subject matter he is addressing. Like Obama or not, there is no disputing the facts presented in this book. Yes, there his opinions are also expressed, but the documented facts are not refutable. I appreciate the deeper insight this has given me into the reasons for some of our current President's actions that have sometimes left me perplexed (i.e. NASA's new role, excessive spending, voting against NAFTA, etc.) At least now I know what his m ...more
I once read a definition of brilliance as being able to express complexities in a simplified way. I would say that D'Souza qualifies for brilliant by that definition. He has created a construct - anti-colonialist - to explain Pres. Obama's personal choices, writings, speeches, and governance and presented it in a glib, easy-to grasp style. If he's correct we are in for many more shake-up-the-citizenry- type changes in our society and government if Obama is re-elected. If he's wrong ... Could thi ...more
As one who was born in India the author is more objective as he doesn't have the mind set of one who was born and raised under the American culture. You will totally change your mind about Obama and will probably hate him more as he is trying to turn America into a Kenya. Obama is trying to make up for his father's shortcomings. The irony is that his father abandoned him when he was two years old and then only saw him once when he was 10. Basically Obama is chasing a ghost that he never really k ...more
Virginia Dyer
I read this book in less than two days. It was fascinating, informative, well-written, and, at the same time, frightening in many ways. Through systematic, thorough, and documented research, Mr. D'Souza explains the influences on Barack Obama's life that has led him to where he is today. Many of the quotes and ideas were taken from Obama's own writings and speeches. Each quote thoroughly and completely documented. It should be read by everyone, especially now, before the November election. Liber ...more
Mark Peacock
This book does a detailed analysis of facts and draws conclusions. As with any opinion book, this is the authors representation. I think you'd be hard pressed to find any action Pres. Obama has taken that can not be described by the overall thesis of this book.

Obama doesn't hate America nor is he a socialist, or marxists. The author believes that Obama thinks that American colonialism is the root of all that is wrong in the world and as a result the US should pay for the ills caused by it's colo
Reading was based on a recommendation and I was skeptical, based on the title, that this would be another "blast" Obama book from a far right reader. While D'Souza does take his shots at the President, his research and comments make sense and do not seem far off.
When you look at Obama's speeches, writings and life growing up, you can easily understand why D'Souza states that all decisions and reactions can be answered by his premise.
With almost 250 references to books, speeches and articles, the
In this cool-headed, engrossing, and well thought-out book, D'Souza posits a theory which provides a consistent rationale behind Obama's more baffling actions as president. Some people will find it convincing, others won't. Personally, I think D'Souza makes a very strong case, though I suspect he may carry things a bit too far at times. Anyhow, reading THE ROOTS OF OBAMA'S RAGE made me feel like I "get" Obama for the very first time. And understanding where he is coming from actually makes me li ...more
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A former policy analyst in the Reagan White House, Dinesh D'Souza graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College in 1983. He served as John M. Olin Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and the Robert and Karen Rishwain Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. D'Souza writes primarily about Christianity, patriotism and American politics. In 2014, he was convicted of violati ...more
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“This is a book unlike any other on Barack Obama. It is not the typical effusive book of apostolic praise, but neither is it a crude bashing of Obama. Rather, it is an effort to understand Obama, to discover what motivates him, and to formulate a theory that explains his actions in the White House. It offers a completely original theory for what drives Obama, and yet remarkably the theory is derived from Obama’s own autobiography and Obama’s own self-description. If you read this book, it will not only help you to understand Obama, it will also help you to predict what he is going to do next. I make three specific predictions in the last chapter, and in the twelve months following the book’s original hardcover publication, all three have already come to pass.” 0 likes
“This is a book unlike any other on Barack Obama. It is not the typical effusive book of apostolic praise, but neither is it a crude bashing of Obama. Rather, it is an effort to understand Obama, to discover what motivates him, and to formulate a theory that explains his actions in the White House. It offers a completely original theory for what drives Obama, and yet remarkably the theory is derived from Obama’s” 0 likes
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