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In Praise of "Barack Obama in Hawai'i and Indonesia" by Dinesh Sharma, PhD
Critical reviews of the first "cultural biography" of the 44th President of the US, Barack Obama, suggest why this path-breaking book is a must read for everyone and why Obama is our first "global president".
~Lawrence J. Friedman Professor, Mind-Brain-Behavior Initiative, Harvard University, Professor of History Emeritus, Indiana University
"Incredibly well researched, very well detailed and I appreciated it as I read it....A fascinating read and a thorough book."
~Paul Lisnek, Host of "Politics Tonight", CLTV and WGN-TV, Chicago, IL
"This book cofirms how Barack Obama developed the skills of an anthropologist as a politician, who can decipher cultural codes with ease."
~Fred Siegel, The Manhattan Institute, NY
"An immigrant looks at the global Obama...While there have been many books on Obama, this book delves into his multicultural roots and skills at globalization."
~Lynn Miller, West Windsor Plainsboro News, NJ
"Academics, students and the public will be riveted by this compelling and original perspective about the formative years in the development of Barack Obama."
~ Dr. Judy Kuriansky, Clinical Psychologist and Author of Beyond Bullets and Bombs: Grassroots peacebuilding between Israelis and Palestinians
"This deeply researched book provides a new understanding of how Obama's varied childhood environments contributed to his development, his outlook as an adult, and make better sense of the man who became, as Sharma calls him, our 'first global president'."
~Robert A. LeVine is a Professor Emeritus of Education and Human Development and Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Harvard University
"Dr. Dinesh Sharma has produced a masterful analysis of Barak Obama's psychosocial journey, insightfully commingling relevant theory and research, politico-historical data, and first-hand accounts from primary sources, producing an exhaustive depiction of Obama's evolution."
~Holly O. Houston, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Director/Clinical Supervisor at Anxiety & Stress Center and Former Clinical Faculty at University of Chicago and University of Illinois
"In this fascinating cultural biography, Dinesh Sharma casts an astute psychological eye on Obama's early years, revealing in the complex and multi-cultural identity that is Barack Obama, Americans may find new clues about who they are now and what America itself may become in the 21st century. "
~Dan P. McAdams, Author of George W. Bush and the Redemptive Dream
"In this far-reaching and penetrating portrait, Sharma validates that “the child is father of the man,” while showing a great sense of congruence between the multiple and multilayered geographical, cultural, and interpersonal forces that shaped Barack Obama and his pivotal role as President of the United States in these complex, global, and challenging times."
~Professor Karen Vander Ven and Associate Professor Andrew Schneider Munoz,
School of Education, University of Pittsburgh, PA
"Sharma helps us understand the impact of the compelling life experiences that made the man who is now our President by describing not only who Barack Obama is but why he is the way he is."
~ Jerry Burris, Former Editorial Page Editor, Honolulu Advertiser and co-author, with Stu Glauberman, of The Journey Begins: How Hawaii Shaped Barack Obama
"Dr. Sharma has chosen the important task of showing us how Obama's thinking arose on a global scale, giving us a picture of Obama in Java, his relationships with the Indonesian step-father, strong-minded grandmother and a pragmatic idealist mother, who implemented social reform not just in Java or even in Indonesia but in other Southeast Asian countries and Pakistan and Kenya, best known for her work on micro-credits for women."
~Alice Dewey, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI