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Barack Obama in Hawai'i and Indonesia: The Making of a by Dinesh Sharma

By Dinesh Sharma

The 1st 18 years of President Obama's existence, from his beginning in 1961 to his departure for school in 1979, have been spent in Hawai'i and Indonesia. those years essentially formed the qualities for which the grownup Obama is noted—his protean id, his nuanced appreciation of a number of perspectives of an identical item, his cosmopolitan breadth of view, and his self-rooted "outpost" patriotism. Barack Obama in Hawai'i and Indonesia: The Making of an international President is the 1st examine to envision, in attention-grabbing element, how his early years impacted this precise leader.Existing biographies of President Obama are essentially political remedies. the following, cross-cultural psychologist and guide Dinesh Sharma explores the connections among Obama's early upbringing and his grownup perspectives of civil society, secular Islam, and globalization. The e-book attracts at the author's on-the-ground learn and vast first-hand interviews in Jakarta; Honolulu; manhattan; Washington, DC; and Chicago to guage the multicultural inputs to Obama's personality and the ways that they ready him to fulfill the demanding situations of worldwide management within the twenty first century.

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Was he heralding the beginning of the end for identity politics? We all watched historical events as citizens around the world, people of different political stripes, responded to the 2008 American election with great enthusiasm and anticipation. A multinational survey of 22 countries, which was conducted by the BBC in advance of the political convention, indicated that most respondents believed Obama would improve world relations and be a better leader than Senator John McCain. The percentage of respondents favoring an Obama victory ranged from 9 percent in India to 82 percent in Kenya; overall, an average of 49 percent of respondents preferred Obama and 12 percent preferred McCain (BBC News 2008).

In examining it from different vantage points, we can understand how Obama’s success was the result of a generational election in which the personal biography of the candidate had a significant influence on the outcome, another important reason why this psychological and cultural study is highly relevant. Based on the turnout of the voting blocs, it was also the watershed election demographically, where the ethnic constituencies, the women, and the younger voting blocs all contributed to turning the tide against the status quo.

According to an intelligence expert, the 9/11 attacks ushered in a new age of American vulnerability and exposed the dark side of globalization. A radical Islamic group whose idealized conception of society is rooted in the seventh century turned the hallmarks of our 21st century networked world—the Internet, satellite phones, and commercial jets—into weapons. The increased proliferation of dangerous technologies and the existence of terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda that would not hesitate to use weapons of mass destruction raise the specter of potentially worse mass-casualty attack in the future.

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