From the descriptions of empty senate sessions, to policy and politics, to the burdens of a career mom (Michelle), this book is sincere, interesting, enlightening, and always respectful and fair.
A great insight into the brilliant mind of 44 before he even thought that 44 was a possibility.
Great narration, as well.
This book is an excellent reference for understanding the inner workings of politics and also President Obama's character and his political vision.
I found this book to be very exciting. Obama deals clearly and eloquently with many of the major issues affecting our sad country: health care, education, the economy, religion, values, the tragic state of black youth, the war in Iraq, etc. One thing that I admire about him is his humility and his honesty. He doesn't pretend to have all the answers and doesn't gloss over some of his own inner conflicts about the complexities of certain issues, e.g., free trade. He also seems to be a very down-to-earth person with practical rather than ideological views on the issues affecting our country. He is clearly a Democrat, but sees some of the good points made by conservatives and the the impractical thinking in some liberal ideas.
It was wonderful to hear him reading the book; while not an actor, he seems to believe in what he has written and I found the book consistently interesting, never boring.
I really expected more of a political polemic, but I found this very thoughtful. Not a campaign book, but more of a book to rally the liberal cause. the policy sections are different from the normal bipolar positions, the discussion of the way politics works is very thoughtful (as though Obama were an observer, not a participant), and the biographical sketches are interesting. I listened to this twice.
I was having a hard time choosing in the 2008 election, this book was the tipping point. Obama broke out a lot of his beliefs and topics that I was concerned about as well as proved to me he has the passion and intelligence to be a great leader if only he believed in half of what he says in this book. The fact that it was read by him as well so I could hear his voice and inflections in my earbuds also helped tremendously.
Not unlike his first book the author uses wit and humor woven skillfully with autobiography to engage the reader in challenges to think and to present his view of the world. A true success in a world where everything is often reduced to mass media 30 second sound bites. I can hardly wait for the next book but suppose he is a bit busy with other things right now.
admittedly, i'm a bit biased here, but none the less, i feel confident in recommending this book to nearly anyone. president obama has a voice that is all at once soothing and energizing, calming and rousing. his ideas and anecdotes are presented in a interesting mix of seriousness and humor. there's humorous scarcasm used in presenting some of the stranger happenings in the political process and the people involved in it. there's hope, sadness and laughter all put together to not only let you know more about the man himself, but also about his plans, for himself, the nation he loves and the world at large. never stuffy, i found that this audiobook is suitable for nearly any audience, whether well aquainted with the man already or not. thoroughly enjoyable, even for those listeners without much political interest in the author. i found myself at the end wanting hours more of this man, his voice and his story.
this book should be required reading for elementary students and reinforce in in Middle School. Such a fabulous history!!! And to be a part of it; how magnificent!! Thank You, Barack Obama!!
An informative and touching book. A fascinating look at the goings on of Washington by a then new senator and a touching look at family life from a working parent.