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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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    Edward Brighton, MA, USA 06-23-08
    Edward Brighton, MA, USA 06-23-08 Member Since 2005
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    "New Deal and Great Society"

    If you want to know what kind of person (and president) Obama is and will be then you will have to sift though his numerous stories and innuendos and read between the lines. One part of this book rings very true. He talks about the Bush administrations repudiation and abandonment of Great Society, New Deal and Clinton era programs as a huge mistake and something he would immediately curb (if) he ran for president. So what does this tell you about him? Well for one, he admires three of the largest expanses in government and taxes in US history and openly admits that he will "fix" the damage done by Bush in respect to these past policies. The moment I saw that he was so dedicated to government expansion and typical tax and spend economics I realized that there is NOTHING special about this guy and his bi-partisan coming across the isle are (and will be) empty promises. His only goal is income redistribution to affect equality of results. So if you like these ideas then read (listen) to this book and vote for him. Otherwise don't vote or vote for his competitor - and keep the government out of our affairs.

    8 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Sabri Eden Prairie, MN, USA 12-09-06
    Sabri Eden Prairie, MN, USA 12-09-06
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    "Obama for Secretery of State"

    Sensitive, articulate, decent and extremely smart.
    Would be best suited for Secretery of State or Ambasador to UN.

    2 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Ben Knoxville, TN, USA 09-02-07
    Ben Knoxville, TN, USA 09-02-07
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    "Audacity of No Agenda"

    Barak proves that he has no agenda or platform. There was no meat in this book.

    15 of 87 people found this review helpful
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    Rich Acton, MA, USA 03-18-07
    Rich Acton, MA, USA 03-18-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Important, but dry"

    Barack is a very important political figure-head these days and we hope he'll become our next president. His life is interesting, but this book, narrated by Barack is somewhat dry. I compare it to Bill Clinton's book, which was a bit more interesting. Maybe it's the political nature, its content, but he might have been a bit more inspirational about his beliefs and provided less about his upbringing. Lead us! And we will follow.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    William E. Smith 10-06-09 Listener Since 2008
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    "AUDACITY OF OBAMA"

    TYPICAL OBAMA EGO CRAP!

    3 of 25 people found this review helpful
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  • Duncan
    Kirkcaldy, Fife, United Kingdom
    4/10/08
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    "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.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Natasha
    SheffieldUnited Kingdom
    12/1/08
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    "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!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Jacqueline
    Sleaford, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
    11/27/08
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gareth
    Beaumaris, United Kingdom
    1/17/09
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    "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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan
    Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom
    1/13/09
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    Cheltenham, United Kingdom
    3/15/12
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shirley
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    5/5/09
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    "The Audacity of Hope"

    found it boring

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Anna
    nottingham, notts, United Kingdom
    12/10/08
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    "Well prepared"

    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.

    0 of 11 people found this review helpful
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