George Obama Signs Book Deal

NEW YORK (AP) - Another Obama relative has a book deal.

A memoir by George Obama, the president's half brother and a resident of Huruma, Kenya, will be published by Simon & Schuster in January 2010. George Obama, 27, shares the same father with his famous, older half sibling, although George and Barack Obama - 20 years apart in age - did not grow up together and did not meet as children.

George is the youngest of the senior Obama's seven children and was born six months before his father died.

Little is known about George Obama. The book, tentatively titled "Homeland" and to be written with author-journalist Damien Lewis,
will tell of George Obama's fall into crime and poverty as a teenager and his eventual embrace of community organizing - a passion shared by the president - and of advocacy for the poor, an identification so strong that he chooses to live among them.

"Even had George Obama not been our President's half brother, his story is moving and inspirational," David Rosenthal, Simon & Schuster publisher and executive vice president, said in a statement Sunday. "It is an object lesson in survival, selflessness and courage."

Financial terms were not disclosed, but an official with knowledge of the negotiations said the deal was worth six figures. The official, who was not authorized to discuss the contract, spoke on condition of anonymity.

Other Obama relatives are working on books, including a half sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng; and the brother of first lady Michelle Obama, Craig Robinson. Duke University Press is releasing the doctoral dissertation of the president's mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, who died in 1995.

Barack Obama has written a pair of million-selling books, "The Audacity of Hope" and "Dreams from My Father," in which he describes George Obama as "a handsome, roundheaded boy with a wary gaze."


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  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jun 15, 2009 at 06:18 PM
    George and all the Kenyans are more than welcome to take Barack into their country as their President.Then George and Barack can hang out in the bush together.It would definitely make my day.Then he can Socialize their medicine. The witch doctor would be working for Barack instead of the people.Maybe he could even put a MOJO on Barack.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jun 15, 2009 at 03:55 PM
    Cashing in, cashing in. Its all about money. Mrs. Obama will soon write a child's book about the "First Mutt" with the "First Kids". Money. Money. Maybe we should have someone write a book about "How To Spend A Trillion In 100 Days".
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Jun 15, 2009 at 02:59 PM
    Sugguested titles; How my brother spent of of his childrens money, How my millionaire half brother wouldn't support me. How Acorn made my half brother a millionaire, How my brother spent it all, How to win and office with no experience, How teleprompters work,.......
  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Jun 15, 2009 at 02:37 PM
    I bet this one will be an intellectual best seller. Maybe they can put it in the local Wal-Marts next to "the one's" pictures, books, coins, tennis shoes that everyone and his brother is hawking now! I think I'll hang on to my money until "the one" actually steals it through tax increases.
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Jun 15, 2009 at 02:13 PM
    mmmm, what's next for George? Maybe his own brand of beer????
  • by anon on Jun 15, 2009 at 12:52 PM
    Oh goodie, I can hardly wait! Think I'll buy one for all my friends, ugh!
  • by WITN is wrong on Jun 15, 2009 at 11:59 AM
    Thank you.
  • by Annie Nonomus Location: Greenville on Jun 15, 2009 at 11:44 AM
    Just a bunch of nobodies trying to cash in on a big name. Maybe I should right about, "Failures of the Presidency, the Barrack Obama story".
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Jun 15, 2009 at 10:25 AM
    If the book is "Homeland" and it's about Kenya would Barrack be the author?
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