I started reading this book while I was trying to write the summary of Audacity of Hope. It just absorbed me. Obama described his early life from childhood to late twenties. Because of the age similarities, I am able to relate more to what he wrote in this book than his second book. I often found myself stay up much later at night than expected reading it. Reading this book helps putting his second book into perspective. Now I am on the last chapter and am able to tell some reiterating themes in both books. Like his second book, it is one that worth rereading. And a summary is about to follow.