He is author
of "Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and
Inheritance" (1995); "The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts
on Reclaiming the American Dream" (2006) and "It
Takes a Nation: How Strangers Became Family in the
Wake of Hurricane Katrina" (2006).
Obama won a Grammy Award in 2006 for best spoken
album for his reading of "Dreams From My Father." In
his 1995 autobiography, Obama confessed to
experimenting with marijuana and cocaine as a
In 2006, he toured five African countries, including
a visit to Nyangoma-Kogelo, Kenya, his late father's
He was the first African American to be president of
the Harvard Law Review.