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.
Shared American Values.
Yeah, i know, it's written by Obama so this book is taboo, right? Well, on a whim, i purchased this title and i am truly happy that i did. I don't agree with everything he says in the book but he does a good job admitting his biases in the intro which i found admirable. This book is more about finding commonality in shared American values than in agreement upon particular agendas. In that regard, i feel like i understand Obama's and the liberal point of view better now. We live in a country paralyzed politically. The way forward won't be through demonizing anyone or any party, red, blue, or green. I invite You, my fellow reds, to listen to this with a bit of patience and a willingness to hear his thoughts. I think we will all benefit from it.
One of my favorite audiobooks- so uplifting and mature. Obama offers up a spirit of excellence, cooperation, and intelligence as he talks about his political journey, ambitions, and family. It's difficult not to like him especially when contrasted with Palin's audiobooks that are tinged with lost-election-bitterness and inappropriate combativeness. If purchasing, be ready to pay attention- if your attention wanders for a second, you can get lost.
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.
Listen to Barack Obama develop his vision for American in this book. This book is the foundation of his ideas which will now become America's future. I believe this book built the support that was the foundation of his victory.
Listen to the president talk about his vision for America. Already many parts are coming true.