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Publisher's Summary

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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Surprisingly candid and insightful.

Very well done with a deeply historical perspective of the issues that were plaguing us in the early 2000's that still with us today. Even though we all would like to believe we've never been more divided, we have been. A walk through the last couple decades history shows us that we really have not come that far, we have not shopped at home as some would like to think. Very refreshing to listen to a president who makes complete sense us and thoughts

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Obama is eloquent speaker

Obama speaks of his dreams for a better world for all. His travels, meetings, challenges, etc. Part History lesson, part story telling, part personal​, funny, and compassionate. I could listen to Obama read the yellow pages.

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Great Book

Barack has a way to get his point across without delving too deeply into the horrifying history of oppression that America has perpetuated for centuries, while also making it a point to be clear that all issues are a matter of perspective. Barack is the representation of the modern day intellectual that is in tune with his history and the direction all Americans should be going to help stem the tides of racism and oppression in this country.

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B Wright in Palmdale

Barack Obama is one hell of a man. When he was finally introduced during the presidential primaries, I was stunned (in a very good way). He was articulate, well versed, educated and fine as hell! I voted for him twice, and was disappointed that our judicial system wouldn't allow him to run for the third time. I am proud of him not to have a parade of scandals trailing behind him or his beautiful wife Michelle. As he governed over our beautiful country, I became more and more proud of him. I found him fair, informed and incredibly smart. This book is a great read, introducing himself and ideas to the American people. I was dismayed to find our country so divided racially, and opening up so much ugliness in the hearts of people who don't want this great country to go forward into the future. We should all be loving and caring of our neighbors no matter race, religion and personal views. I loved the story of his life and family, and the way he explained how our system really works, and how people in government think. Thank you President Obama for sharing your thoughts truthfully. I learned a lot about the branches of government and how it works. Thanks for becoming such a great force to be reckoned with. You are one bad-ass President. So sorry to see you leave office. I hope to someday get a chance to meet you. God bless you and yours.

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Wish it was the whole book

I really loved this book, but I find myself going to the printed book to read the parts that were excluded.

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Great Read

this book gave me great understanding of the world of politics it peaked my curiosity

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One of the greatest books

A great book by a great leader. The chapter talking about faith is my favorite

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Not very personal

I was hoping for more than talking points. I was hoping for a lot more of what actually gives him hope.

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Great insight into President Obama!

Very much enjoyed hearing his fundamentals of policy and stances on many issues. This is a great resource for all to enjoy. The time for partisan politics is over. It is time to work with each other whether Blue or Red!

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A wonderful book by a wonderful man

As I expected, a well thought -through account both from an objective societal perspective, and from a personal one.