He wrote this book years before he ran for office so there is a level of sincerity to this memoir. In it, he expresses thoughts about social constructs, the lived experience of the black, existential feelings about his place in the world, living abroad in a small village and toward the end his search for his father. His writing is nuanced and scratches interesting intellectual itches because while he comes across as deeply intelligent, there is a humility to his voice that is sure footed and insightful yet down to earth. He is the kind of guy you want to get a beer and chat about politics and society with. He reads like a literary memoir while coming across as a smoldering academic.