Dr. Dinesh Sharma, is a cultural psychologist, marketing consultant and an acclaimed author, with a Doctorate in psychology and human development from Harvard University. He is a senior fellow at Institute for International and Cross-Cultural Research, NYC, and a columnist for Asia Times Online, Al Jazeera English and The Global Intelligence among other publications. Continue Reading

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The Global Obama: Crossroads of Leadership in the 21st Century

"The Global Obama" examines the president’s image in five continents and more than twenty countries. It is the first book to look at Barack Obama’s presidency and analyze how Obama and America are viewed by publics, governments and political commentators around world. The author of "Barack Obama in Hawaii and Indonesia: The Making of a Global President" (Top 10 Black History Book) scaled the globe to gather opinions -- cultural, historical and political analyses -- about Obama’s leadership style. Writers, journalists, psychologists, and social scientists present their views on Obama’s leadership, popularity, and many of the global challenges that still remain unsolved. As a progress report, this is the first book that tries to grasp ‘the Obama phenomenon’ in totality, as perceived by populations around the world with special focus on America's leadership.

 
Barack Obama in Hawai'i and Indonesia

The first 18 years of President Obama's life, from his birth in 1961 to his departure for college in 1979, were spent in Hawai‘i and Indonesia. These years fundamentally shaped the traits for which the adult Obama is noted—his protean identity, his nuanced appreciation of multiple views of the same object, his cosmopolitan breadth of view, and his self-rooted "outpost" patriotism. Barack Obama in Hawai‘i and Indonesia: The Making of a Global President is the first study to examine, in fascinating detail, how his early years impacted this unique leader. Existing biographies of President Obama are primarily political treatments. Here, cross-cultural psychologist and marketing consultant Dinesh Sharma explores the connections between Obama's early upbringing and his adult views of civil society, secular Islam, and globalization. The book draws on the author's on-the-ground research and extensive first-hand interviews in Jakarta; Honolulu; New York; Washington, DC; and Chicago to evaluate the multicultural inputs to Obama's character and the ways in which they prepared him to meet the challenges of world leadership in the 21st century.

Dinesh Sharma

Dr. Dinesh Sharma is a cultural psychologist, marketing consultant and an acclaimed author, with a Doctorate in psychology and human development from Harvard University. He is a senior fellow at Institute for International and Cross-Cultural Research, NYC, and a columnist for Asia Times Online, Al Jazeera English and The Global Intelligence among other publications.

 
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