Dreams From My Father by Barack ObamaRead about the other books on Orr's list.
Written in 1995, when the future President was preparing to launch his political career, this memoir is a striking account of coming to terms with one's identity. The son of a black African father and a white American mother, Obama's parents split up when he was two years old. Obama Sr returned to Africa and his son only saw him once again. With the help of tales from his family and an emotional trip to Kenya, Obama is able to form an image of his father.
Dreams from My Father also appears on Sammy Perlmutter's list of the five best books from Nobel winners who didn't win their medal for literature and Iain Finlayson's critic's chart of six books on young leaders.