Dinesh D'Souza, The Roots of Obama's Rage. Regnery Publishing, 2010; 258 pages.
In his latest book, The Roots of Obama’s Rage, Dinesh D’Souza argues that, at bottom, the animating force informing the 44th president’s vision is a commitment to, not race, Marxism, or “conventional liberalism,” as many surmise, but “anti-colonialism.” Since it was the abolition of colonialism and the independence of Africa of which Obama’s father dreamt, and since it is a journey of self-discovery terminating in the embrace of his father’s dreams that the President relays in his first memoir, Dreams from my Father, D’Souza’s thesis, the author contends, is more plausible than all competitors.
D’Souza’s book does indeed make for a fascinating read, and there is much that he says with which it is difficult to quarrel. As for what he doesn’t say, however, matters are otherwise, and because these omissions are glaring, what pearls he imparts lose their luster and, as a result, his hypothesis as a whole fails.