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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I read so I can write
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.
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.
Definitely a non-political book.
It's read with clear emotion and emphasis on what he wanted to communicate in the book.
Too bad he went back on every single campaign promise.
Didn't filibuster FISA. Didn't vero the ahC bill without a PO in in.
Worked behind the scenes to make sure it wasn't in there. Said NO mandate, but yet there is. Opened up more areas to off shore drilling, and ANWR.
Took us in to more wars. Kills innocent people.
Would have been better to let Bush have a 3rd term since that is what we got.
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
"Much better than its title."
I suppose I was ready for anything when I start to read a book with a title like 'The Audacity of Hope' and I am happy to say that if there was a mention of the title in the book then it was pretty indirect. You might expect a sermon with a title like that. What there is - a pretty smart guy who communicates well on topics like: the media, political opposition, religion and state, work and family-life and so on. I wasn't sure if I liked him before I listened to this book - I knew little of him at all. I think this is the most intelligent and straight-up, optimistic (I guess the title is in there somewhere) and fair-dealing book by a politician that I have read.
"American politics made easy"
This was a fantastic download - one that provided a lot of clarity around the politics and values of America's new president (before he was even campaigning for the role). For people like me who get tired of reading the opinions of the press, it was refreshing to hear from Obama himself, what he thinks he stands for and he provides interesting examples to back up his politics and opinions. This very personal and frank account of his beliefs has certainly given me confidence in his ability to bring real changes to America and the rest of the world. He comes across as a down-to-earth and likeable man who genuinely knows what he is talking about and what he has to do to make his country a better place. All I can say is, after listening to the Audacity of Hope, I wished Obama could run our country too!
"Great Man, Great Read"
What an intelligent man. Even though I am not from USA I still think having listened to this that the right man in in charge.
"Cracking good stuff"
This was a revelation. It illustrated elegantly the infighting and internecine wars between the reds and blues in American politics over the last 30 years. It was riveting to listen to, I regreted the end of a boring drive for once. I hope his presidency is as good as his writing!
"Politician's are scary...."
It is unfortunate that our world is in the state that it's in because I genuinely fear for this lovely man as he braves the world stage.
I (like most people) knew little about him before buying this book and now after listening to it along with a few speeches I found on I-tunes; I'm a genuine fan. Politics is a dirty business and here is a decent, educated, likeable guy that will do his best to change that crappy deal that too many people worldwide are in. Like it or not; the USA lead the "free" world and what he says and does will affect almost everyone in one way or another.
After listening I have genuine hope that he can do as he'd like to do and is not singled out for martyrdom by the evil that lurks generally in our world and in America in particular.
I thrilled at his stories of the students he teaches and the voters he has learned from. I am warmly comforted by the fact that his rise has been rapid enough that he has not (yet) been tainted. This book is lovely and I look forward to hearing more about and from him.
Martin Luther King, Huey Newton, Johnnie Cochran, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks and many others would not believe what he has already done so swiftly. I sincerely hope that he continues to accomplish the "impossible."
God knows we could all use a few more miracles.
"A Man of Great Thought"
As you'd expect, this deals with many American issues, although many of those are actually our issues now too. It was fascinating to read of the American political system through his own eyes. A great story, and read, as you'd expect, in a manner that kept your attention.
Will read again in the future.
"The Audacity of Hope"
found it boring
This is a highly ghostwritten and plastic melange of all the wisdom of others. President Obama lifts his philosophy from many others of which i am familiar. Nice guy and well meaning but for those of us who have studied the people who have changed our world for the better, i find this a little insipid and oversimplistic. I liked him before i heard this. Now i think hes just saying what you want to hear. It would be nice if he could come up with ideas of his own.
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