A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mother

Author(s): Janny Scott

Biography & Memoir

Barack Obama has written extensively about his father in the bestselling Dreams from my Father (Canongate, 2008) but credited his mother for 'what is best in me'. Yet little is known about this fiercly indpendent, spirited woman who raised the man who would become the first biracial president of the United States. A Singular Woman is a dedicated and comprehensive account of a truly inspirational woman. Janny Scott provides an illuminating look at someone who was not afraid to break the rules of her time, showing how her fierce example helped influence the President.


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"An ambitious new biography. . . . Scott pursues a more perplexing and elusive figure than the one Obama pieced together in his own books." - "The New York Times Book Review" "Even Obama knew that he had not 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" "Janny Scott packs two and a half years of research into her bio of Stanley Ann Dunham, the quixotic anthropologist who raised a president." - "People" "The restrained, straight-ahead focus rather in the spirit, it turns out, of Dunham herself pays off. By recovering Obama's mother from obscurity, "A Singular Woman" adds in a meaningful way to an understanding of a singular president." - Slate "The key to understanding the disciplined and often impassive 44th president is his mother, as Janny Scott, a reporter for the New York Times, decisively demonstrates in her new biography" A Singular Woman." . . . 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." - "The Washington Post" "Meticulously researched and well-written . . . a necessary counterpart and corrective to Obama's first book "Dreams from my Father." - "Financial Times" "In her own right, Ann Dunham was a fascinating woman. . . .

General Fields

  • : 9781594485596
  • : Penguin Putnam Inc
  • : Riverhead Books,U.S.
  • : 0.34
  • : January 2012
  • : 209mm X 138mm X 25mm
  • : United States
  • : June 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 388
  • : Paperback
  • : Janny Scott