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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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    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 34 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 88 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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