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.
On a lark, I downloaded this title because I needed a nonfiction to round out my reading and I am immensely glad I did. I am keenly interested in politics and public service and I am not a member of either major party. I didn't agree with all of Pres. Obama's statements. I did appreciate what I interpreted as his love for our country, our constitution, our political history, the average American, and his family. I was sad when the book ended because I wanted more of his conversation.
Always impressive author and orator. He illuminates the roots of the problems many Americans face today (and their respective solutions).
Good to hear author reading literary work.
Clear and succinct orator.
Rather brief, thought I had gotten the unabridged version but apparently did not.
It was written during his time as a congressmen, and it is done incredibly well. I disagree with him on certain things, but he is so well spoken, and well versed, not only Iowa, but American culture, than he completely owns me when he speaks. I would highly recommend this to anyone!
I liked hearing about why and how Obama started doing what he does. The I liked hearing about his plans for once he got into office, I agreed with a lot of his ideas so that probably helps.
I did not like that last quarter of the book. This is when he starts talking about family and religion. While these things are important, these chapters felt out of place. He was talking about policy for a while then he decided that he wanted to try and relate to the common american. So the end of the book turned into a political advertisement stating "I'm like you" instead of being about what needs to change in America.
In this book, Obama describes his world view - which I think has somewhat changed since he became president and learned about DC gridlock. If you are hoping for the same type of book as his first book - Dreams from My Father - this is not it. But we shouldn't compare. Both are good books, individually.
I have only listen to a few. This was the best to date.
Good narrative about the realities of the Political System in USA
Its obvious that he is speaking to me as I listen
Yes; it is interesting to hear the story told by the one who worte it. It makes even more of an impact now that he is president.
His reference to his children really makes his story a human one, not just the story of some far off politician you can't relate to.
Report Inappropriate Content