American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama

American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama

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Michelle Obama's family saga is a remarkable, quintessentially American story—a journey from slavery to the White House in five generations. Yet, until now, little has been reported on the First Lady's roots. Prodigiously researched, American Tapestry traces the complex and fascinating tale of Michelle Obama's ancestors, a history that the First Lady did not even know herself. Rachel L. Swarns, a correspondent for the New York Times, brings into focus the First… (more)

Editorial reviews (3 reviews)


In Mrs. Obama’s DNA is the best and the worst of America, a narrative and a heritage that we need to know and acknowledge. Swarns forces us to take a hard look at that heritage. For that alone, this book is a worthy and significant endeavor.

Swarns’s research is extensive and meticulous — one feels the hours that she spent poring over old documents and talking with genealogists and historians. Her passion for the story is clear and striking.

American Tapestry is not only the remarkable story of the first lady’s family, providing insight into some of the wonderful traits that have been passed down to her, but also a microcosm of this country’s story as well.

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Book Details  


Publisher: Amistad (June 19, 2012)

Collection: Amistad

Format: EPUB

Page count: 400 pages

File size: 1.6 MB

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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