I have just finished reading a book written by the current US president. Don’t worry he wrote it before he got the job. Basically, it is his story of how he grows up in Hawaii apart from his father who lives back in Kenya. It is a really heart warming story of his quest to fit in in and to make a difference.

A particular poignant part of the book is when he reaches New York and has to sleep the night in a back alley as he has no money and nowhere to stay. I suppose the book gives you a new belief that with the right dedication and hard work anyone can achieve anything.

I also found it interesting when he talks about visiting his family as an adult who he has never even seen as a child.

I was surprised at how much I liked this book and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to understand Obama a little better. It is an open, friendly and honest account of his life told in a very personal manner. In fact, it is so honest that in the preface, which he re-wrote in 2004, he openly admits he winces at some of the wording because he wrote it in a different political era. I found it refreshing and quite inspiring – have a read and let me know what you think?

About Chris Norton

Chris Norton is the founder of Prohibition and an award winning communications consultant with more than twenty years’ experience. He was a lecturer at Leeds Beckett University and has had a varied PR career having worked both in-house and in a number of large consultancies. He is an Integrated PR and social media blogger and writes on a wide variety of blogs across a huge amount of topics from digital marketing, social media marketing right through to technology and crisis management.