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A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mother
 
 
Author
Janny Scott.
Publisher Riverhead  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9781594487972
Pages/Publication Date 376/2011
Daedalus Item Code 31622
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"The key to understanding the disciplined and often impassive 44th president is his mother, as Janny Scott, a [Pulitzer Prize–winning] reporter for the New York Times, decisively demonstrates in her [2011] biography.... Scott [uses] meticulous reporting, archival research and extensive interviews with Dunham's colleagues, friends and family, including the president and his sister. What emerges is a portrait of a woman who is both disciplined and disorganized, blunt-spoken and empathetic, driven and devoted to her children, even as she ruefully admits her failings and frets over her distance from them."—Washington Post

"Even Obama knew that he had not done his extraordinary mother justice. Janny Scott ... does. She portrays Dunham as a feminist, an utterly independent spirit, a cultural anthropologies, and an international development officer who surely helped shape the internationalist, post-Vietnam-era world view of her son. Scott's book is tirelessly researched, and the sections covering Dunham's life in Indonesia especially are new and valuable to the accumulating biography of Obama's extended global family."—The New Yorker

 
 
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