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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

In July 2004, Barack Obama electrified the Democratic National Convention with an address that spoke to Americans across the political spectrum. Now, in The Audacity of Hope, Senator Obama calls 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".
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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. Now, in The Audacity of Hope, Senator Obama calls 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 also speaks, 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 audiobook is Senator Obama's vision of how we can move beyond our divisions to tackle concrete problems. Underlying his stories about family, friends, members of the Senate, and even the president is a vigorous search for connection: the foundation for a radically hopeful political consensus.

A senator and a lawyer, a professor and a father, a Christian and a skeptic, and above all a student of history and human nature, Senator Obama has written a book of transforming power.

©2006 Barack Obama; (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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    Richard Spokane Valley, WA, United States 02-22-09
    Richard Spokane Valley, WA, United States 02-22-09 Member Since 2008

    Entrepreneurship drives my passion - with hundreds of miles to travel each week I love listening to others that have made it happen!

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    "Quiet Surprised"

    It was amazing that this man had enough focus that foresaw the next two years. This book was published in 2006. He had his finger on the pulse of America then. It's not surprising that he was elected to the Presidency in 2008. I was very happy with this book. I enjoyed it throughout, however it almost seemed to end to soon. There seemed to be missing a chapter. Overall I recommend it highly, just wished it had been a little longer.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Pavel 12-27-08
    Pavel 12-27-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Political manifesto"

    I found the audiobook not particularly exciting: I consider it a series of political speeches, sometimes fine and insightful, but sometimes preachy, sometimes boring. Most interesting was the description of political reality of a senate office.

    I do not remember any discussion of the audacity of hope.

    The book is not completely without merit, therefore I give it 3 stars. With most of my audiobooks, I listen to them more than once. With this one, I do not feel like I would get much benefit from re-listening to it again.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Holly EVANSTON, IL, USA 03-11-07
    Holly EVANSTON, IL, USA 03-11-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Get the audio if you're in a rush"

    I liked the idea of listening to the author reading this book to me instead of reading it on my own. It was interesting to see which pieces Obama really got heated about, based on the tone and pace of what he was reading. I managed to finish this in two afternoons, via the audiobook, which was nice since it would have taken me much longer to read. At some points my mind differed, but in general it kept my interest. My friends chose this as our book club item for the month, which triggered some interesting conversations about Obama the politican and Obama the presidential candidate. Sometimes you can't get a good perspective on these guys through media sound bites. This is a good alternative.

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    Lee Kingsburg,, CA, United States 01-21-07
    Lee Kingsburg,, CA, United States 01-21-07
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    "Obama for Prez"

    OK. This is the most inspiring political writing in decades. Obama is pretty amazing. Unfortunately I am reviewing the book and not the abridged version. I dislike abridged audiobooks a great deal.

    But in the print version, Obama comes across as a man who has the kind of vision that could make him a transformational president. A president who could help mature the country. A president with a legacy to rank with the few best ever. He is a man who can talk to both the right and the left.

    A one word review can summarize Obama's thought: WOW.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Carleton M. Badger 11-14-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Good picture of Senator"

    Well written, interesting read of who this Senator is and what he believes. I will continue to read his works and stay tune into his podcast. He may be a future President.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    MickeyMarie 02-02-13
    MickeyMarie 02-02-13 Member Since 2003

    I read so I can write

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    "Not as impressive after a term in office"

    I read this before he was elected president and again now, and saw a sad failure of many of the promises he made. I wonder if Mr Obama has read this book recently. He has beene a better president then some, but not as good as was hoped.

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    James Alto, MI, USA 11-18-08
    James Alto, MI, USA 11-18-08
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    "The book is a yawner"

    His speeches during the campaign could be compared to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s. And he is the answer to King's dream - he was judged by the content of his character and not the color of his skin. And I voted for him and have high hopes for his presidency. I bought the book Looking for a greater understanding of the man who was described as "the brightest law student I ever had" by the head of Harvard Law School's Constitutional Law Department. It was read by Obama and the narration and content put me to sleep. Oh well, maybe a boring, steady guy is what we need right now as president. He could have used help by his speech writers in creating this book.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Akida Los Angeles, CA, United States 04-27-08
    Akida Los Angeles, CA, United States 04-27-08
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    "O BA MA!"

    Senator Obama is not only easy to look at, he is easy to listen to! I am very proud of this work. It outlines his platform and how he as fashioned his life as a family man and stateman.
    Excellent and informative

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    Margaret Santa Fe, NM, USA 04-02-09
    Margaret Santa Fe, NM, USA 04-02-09
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    "The Audacity of Hope"

    Well worth it!

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rick BEAVERTON, OR, USA 06-03-08
    Rick BEAVERTON, OR, USA 06-03-08
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    "The Future!"

    Great book.

    3 of 12 people found this review helpful
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