Becoming by Michelle Obama Book Review

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments.  

What comes across most in this book is Michelle Obama’s lack of self-pity combined with the clarity of vision. I suspect this was a difficult book to write—she knew that whatever she wrote, somebody, and maybe a lot of people, would criticize her for it. She, therefore, focuses quite a bit on what might be called practical insight and empowerment, rather than on settling political scores. That’s probably a wise choice—after all, her husband’s terms as President showed that very few people were interested in political settlements or compromise.

I have read numerous First Ladies books. They all compared in ways . This book was not nearly as interesting. I am neither a Democrat or Republican. I vote for the person. This book was an I-me-me-me book. I personally am interested in a brief summary of their upbringing and education but move on. Tell me about your tenure as first lady. The day to day operation of your term. Elaborate on things that pertain to our country. The White House events, dignitary visits, dealing with living in the bubble, etc.

This is an interesting, beautifully written book by one of the most admired women in the world. The book includes many personal details about Mrs. Obama’s background that I didn’t know about and enjoyed reading. I loved the photo section. Michelle Obama, thanks for being such a great role model while you were in the White House — championing exercise and good food for children and speaking your mind with grace and courage. The book succeeds in showing women they must find their voice and speak up and believe in themselves. I applaud her and the book. It brought tears to my eyes and deep appreciation for the Obamas. The book is not self-serving. It is honest and straight forward. Her brief comments on white racism also gave me a new understanding of what blacks have endured. Racism is shameful and I am now more aware of it.

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