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.
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
His speeches during the campaign could be compared to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s. And he is the answer to King's dream - he was judged by the content of his character and not the color of his skin. And I voted for him and have high hopes for his presidency. I bought the book Looking for a greater understanding of the man who was described as "the brightest law student I ever had" by the head of Harvard Law School's Constitutional Law Department. It was read by Obama and the narration and content put me to sleep. Oh well, maybe a boring, steady guy is what we need right now as president. He could have used help by his speech writers in creating this book.
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.
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