Edison, NJ, October 17, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Barack Obama in Hawai'i and Indonesia: The Making of a Global President by Dinesh Sharma, PhD
“Compelling and original…Offers a unique psychological and sociological lens on the ascendancy of a young African-American boy to become the leader of the most powerful country in the world.” - Dr. Judy Kuriansky, Clinical Psychologist, Columbia University, and Author
“Fascinating…In the complex and multi-cultural identity that is Barack Obama, Americans may find new clues about who they are and what America itself may become in the 21st century.” - Dan P. McAdams, Professor and Department Head of Psychology, Northwestern University, Author of George W. Bush and the Redemptive Dream
“Sharma’s volume trumps all others. The analytic lines of the book run deep and the narratives moves into a level of artistic brilliance.” -- Lawrence J. Friedman, Professor, Mind-Brain-Behavior Initiative, Harvard University
There is a rather extensive collection of books already published on Barack Obama, including his two volumes of autobiography. But this is the first "cultural biography" of the 44th President of the US.
The first wave of books were about the 2008 election, followed by another wave of books chronicling Obama’s first and second years in the White House. There have been notable political biographies presenting Obama within the framework of race relations and African-American history, as well as a steady track of partisan attacks, trying to make the case against Obama as a socialist, as a Manchurian candidate, and recently as an anti-colonial administrator.
Despite all that has been written about him, very little attention has been paid to Barack Obama’s global roots and international persona. Certainly, there have been no biographies exploring the linkage between Obama’s early upbringing and socialization in the culturally diverse communities of Honolulu and Jakarta and his global political outlook.
This book provides a cultural analysis, which is essential for a complete understanding of Barack Obama’s character and his agenda for America in the 21st century.
About the Author
Dinesh Sharma, PhD, is a cultural psychologist and marketing consultant with a doctorate from Harvard University. He is a senior fellow at the Institute for International and Cross-Cultural Research at St. Francis College, New York. The author/editor of three previous books, he is a regular contributor to Asia Times Online, writing on globalization, politics, terrorism, AfPak region, and India-US relations. His articles have appeared in a range of other newspapers and journals, including the Wall Street Journal Online, Far Eastern Economic Review, Middle East Times, Health Affairs, Biotech Law Review, Genomics, Society and Policy, and International Psychology Bulletin. He lives in the Princeton, New Jersey area with his wife and two children.
Title: Barack Obama in Hawai'i and Indonesia: The Making of a Global President
Author: Dinesh Sharma
Release date: September 30, 2011
Publisher: Praeger, an imprint of ABC-CLIO
*Also available as an eBook.