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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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    Elizabeth Indiana, PA, USA 01-26-09
    Elizabeth Indiana, PA, USA 01-26-09
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    "His voice alone is worth it"

    President Obama's book is intelligent and inspiring. Yeah, I know that sounds cliche, but it's true. I feel better than ever about his being our president since listening to this. And his voice: fabulous! I listen on my long commute home and no matter what he's saying, the soundof his voice soothed away the day's stress :)

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Hackensack, NJ, USA 01-24-09
    Eric Hackensack, NJ, USA 01-24-09
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    "Read like a Masters Thesis"

    This book read like a masters thesis in political science, political ideology and political theory. I was hoping to read more about Barack Obama's struggles as a youth and examples stories of situations that occurred that helped build his character.

    All in all, this books was interesting but not very entertaining.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Pavel 12-27-08
    Pavel 12-27-08 Member Since 2014
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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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    Shaun 12-01-08
    Shaun 12-01-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Better than I expected"

    As a political libertarian I was quite skeptical about this book and what it would contain. But given that Obama was just elected president, I felt that I should read the book written by the soon to be leader of the free world and give the man a chance. While it did have a lot of things I didn't agree with from a political standpoint, I found that I was entertained by the book. It is not all about his viewpoints and talks about his background, about his past campaigns, and about his life as a Senator. While I still think that Obama is wrong on many issues and is a statist, I am convinced that he is also pragmatic and is not a left wing nut job. Time will tell if he turns out to be a pretty good president or totally goes off the deep end.

    2 of 4 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 2015
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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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    Julio A Miami Lakes, FL, USA 11-18-06
    Julio A Miami Lakes, FL, USA 11-18-06
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    "A Future President"

    A book that is well-written and inspiring. I was able to confirm what I already felt in my heart about this amazing man. If only the majority of politicians had a resemblance to his principles, priorities and perspective, we would not be in the mess we found ourselves in. The lecture of this book is a must for most Americans. I recommend it highly.

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    Carleton M. Badger 11-14-06 Listener Since 2002
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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.

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    MickeyMarie 02-02-13
    MickeyMarie 02-02-13

    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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    Photo and Music Guy Colorado USA 12-10-12
    Photo and Music Guy Colorado USA 12-10-12
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    "Starts to feel repetitious very quickly."
    What did you like best about The Audacity of Hope? What did you like least?

    I like the fact that the President is unashamed in what he believes even when I often disagree. However, I dislike the fact that it feels like he just keeps telling the same story over and over again...he meets a voter, he hears their needs, and he says, "why can't it be right". It feels so oversimplified to me.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Definitely a non-political book.


    What about Barack Obama’s performance did you like?

    It's read with clear emotion and emphasis on what he wanted to communicate in the book.


    Could you see The Audacity of Hope being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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