New biography disputes Obama’s own life story, ‘Dreams’ book
Posted on June 17, 2012 at 8:22 AM EST
by Ben Smith
David Maraniss‚Äôs new biography of Barack Obama is the first sustained challenge to Obama‚Äôs control over his own story, a firm and occasionally brutal debunking of Obama‚Äôs bestselling 1995 memoir, Dreams from My Father.
Maraniss‚Äôs Barack Obama: The Story punctures two sets of falsehoods: The family tales Obama passed on, unknowing; and the stories Obama made up. The 672-page book closes before Obama enters law school, and Maraniss has promised another volumne, but by its conclusion I counted 38 instances in which the biographer convincingly disputes significant elements of Obama‚Äôs own story of his life and his family history.