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'Obama’s multicultural upbringing shaped character'

books Updated: Mar 07, 2012 11:39 IST

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A book on US President Barack Obama written by an Indian-American has been listed into the top 10 Black History Nonfiction List of 2012.

The book 'Barack Obama in Hawaii and Indonesia' authored by New York-based Indian-American cultural anthropologist Dinesh Sharma has figured into the top 10 listing compiled by BookListOnline, the American Library Association.

In his book, Sharma argues compellingly that Obama's exposure to different races, cultures, languages and religions, along with his landmark election, makes him a transformative global figure.

Published in September 2011, draws on extensive research in the fields of psychology, anthropology, education and on the ground interviews in Jakarta, Honolulu, New York City, Washington and Chicago.

He reveals in riveting detail, how Obama’s rare multicultural upbringing shaped his character and his worldview, preparing him to meet the challenges of leadership — from demographic changes at home to rising competition from Asia to the perceived threat of radical Islam — in the global 21st century.

"With scholarly acumen and commanding storytelling, the best black-history nonfiction books of the last dozen months reclaim neglected yet essential facets of history, from the full story of Harlem to the secret world of the chitlin' circuit to the lives of a seminal religious thinker and a groundbreaking blues musician," Donna Seaman of BookListOnline said.