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 had heard that Burke is an excellent writer but I was so disappointed with this book that I didn't finish it and will probably not read another one by him. I found the characters unconvncing, the writing pretentious.
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