I'm not one to cry when reading/listening to books; however, there were a few times during this read that I was moved to tears. The stories these Americans tell their President come across genuine and speak volumes for the struggles many face in modern America. Initially, I was concerned the author was going to preach too much "Obama-love"; however, he seemed to be fair and include both criticisms and praise. You'll read a letter from a tea-party conservative in one chapter and one from an Obama campaign volunteer in the next. This makes for a fascinating read.
The ten letters chosen cover topics such as foreclosures, bankruptcy, health insurance, the struggling public education system, rising college costs, immigration, the environment, civility, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, veteran services, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), gay rights, bullying, and many more. The book masterfully connects current events, the stories of average Americans, a seemingly broken political system, and the office of the presidency.
Overall, it is an excellent book that is well researched and delivered. It made me want to read more letters, hear more stories, learn more about the issues, and do something. This book is a lesson in civics, paints a picture of American resilience, and examines the defining issues of our time.
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