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The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream - Barack Obama
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
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In July 2004, Barack Obama electrified the Democratic National Convention with an address that spoke to Americans across the political spectrum. One phrase in particular anchored itself in listeners’ minds, a reminder that for all the discord and struggle to be found in our history as a nation,... show more
In July 2004, Barack Obama electrified the Democratic National Convention with an address that spoke to Americans across the political spectrum. One phrase in particular anchored itself in listeners’ minds, a reminder that for all the discord and struggle to be found in our history as a nation, we have always been guided by a dogged optimism in the future, or what Obama called “the audacity of hope.” The Audacity of Hope is Barack Obama’s call for a different brand of politics—a politics for those weary of bitter partisanship and alienated by the “endless clash of armies” we see in congress and on the campaign trail; a politics rooted in the faith, inclusiveness, and nobility of spirit at the heart of “our improbable experiment in democracy.” He explores those forces—from the fear of losing to the perpetual need to raise money to the power of the media—that can stifle even the best-intentioned politician. He also writes, with surprising intimacy and self-deprecating humor, about settling in as a senator, seeking to balance the demands of public service and family life, and his own deepening religious commitment.At the heart of this book is Barack Obama’s vision of how we can move beyond our divisions to tackle concrete problems. He examines the growing economic insecurity of American families, the racial and religious tensions within the body politic, and the transnational threats—from terrorism to pandemic—that gather beyond our shores. And he grapples with the role that faith plays in a democracy—where it is vital and where it must never intrude. Underlying his stories about family, friends, and members of the Senate is a vigorous search for connection: the foundation for a radically hopeful political consensus. A public servant and a lawyer, a professor and a father, a Christian and a skeptic, and above all a student of history and human nature, Barack Obama has written a book of transforming power. Only by returning to the principles that gave birth to our Constitution, he says, can Americans repair a political process that is broken, and restore to working order a government that has fallen dangerously out of touch with millions of ordinary Americans. Those Americans are out there, he writes—“waiting for Republicans and Democrats to catch up with them.”
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780307237699 (0307237699)
ASIN: 307237699
Publisher: Crown
Pages no: 375
Edition language: English
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Tea, Rain, Book
Tea, Rain, Book rated it
3.0 Review: The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
This is about policy and a "get to know the candidate" book that those in public office write to make themselves more familiar to voters as the candidate vies for national office. U.S. Senator Obama wrote/published this back in 2006, so there are a lot of references to military operations in Iraq an...
Lydia's Page
Lydia's Page rated it
4.0
While certainly not as autobiographical or as interesting as Dreams From My Father, Obama is clearly a gifted storyteller and orator. This one's worth a listen if you want to jump back 10 years, to hear the political stances of a man not yet elected.
Sassafrass
Sassafrass rated it
I think i enjoyed this more than I would have if I read it. Listening to Barak Obama read this work made the difference for me. Hearing his thoughts in his own voice resonated with me more than anything else I think. It's nothing that I haven't heard before, but what I thought about as I was liste...
denisebetteridge
denisebetteridge rated it
Interesting stories about his life- well written. He's well spoken, sounds friendly and down to earth, and I like the way he thinks. I do wonder, as one would when reading a book like this, how much is pure, unadulterated Barack Obama and how much is politician with something to gain by saying the "...
Betsy's Non-Blog
Betsy's Non-Blog rated it
3.0 The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
I enjoyed this book. Obama's writing, as usual, is clear and accessible. His hopes for changing the partisanship in D.C. seem genuine, if a bit naive. A large part of the book reads like a long campaign speech. That's okay, I agree with most of what he proposes. But I wonder how much it would c...
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