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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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Wonderfully told Personal and Historical Story

Thoughtful, respectful and hopeful review of a unique perspective and in many ways common experiences of a Man who made a forever mark on our history as a nation, at the same time observing it's history, it's flaws, and it's strength and the hope available to this and future generations. Very much enjoyed hearing it read by the Man himself!

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Excellent

It's remarkable this was written before he was in office. He's very an authentic man.

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Personal, Diplomatic, and Well Thought-Out

While it may be natural for politicians to share personal stories in the hope of becoming more relatable, President Obama's book seems especially personal. When he talks about interacting with his daughters or his dating relationship with First Lady Michelle Obama, the picture he paints is lovely but practical. He mentions the difficulty of managing his family and political commitments, and he praises Michelle for her strength as a mother and grace as a wife. President Obama admits some of his shortcomings and emphasizes the value of the seemingly little but nonetheless important acts involved in raising a family.

There are, of course, political policy issues covered as President Obama wrote this book in preparation for his campaign for the Presidency. Whether or not one agrees with his political positions, it's clear that his opinions in this book were well thought-out and fashioned over years of personal experiences and public engagements. While much of his opinions seem rightfully diplomatic, he does talk about the absence of "white guilt", the dangers of polarizing media, and the importance keeping any one religion from driving government policy. These hot topics and the history of President Obama's terms in the oval office have the potential to turn many people towards or away from this book. For those who may turn away, consider listening or, if the familiar voice carries a negative vibe, reading this book for a better historical understanding of the 44th President of the United States.

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Introspective and visionary

I listened to the book after the end of President Obama's presidency, to me this book is a validation of his efforts and a benchmark of his vision. We are a blessed Nation to have this person as our Leader and one for the free world.

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Informative and artistic

Obama skillfully intertwines the personal and the political to create a book that is both insightful and artistic.

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  • Alton
  • Stuart, FL, United States
  • 02-12-17

Great Book, Great reader

This was a great book. I love the way Barack took me on a journey into his life and thoughts. I have a better understanding of his motives and actions as a Senator and The President of the United States. He is also a great reader and a gifted story teller. Can't wait for the next Book.

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  • Gary, Indiana
  • 02-08-17

listening to it in his own voice...

made the reading just that much more enjoyable. I actually learned a lot about how Congress works!

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exceptional

this books narrates the history of what the future of politics will be in American, great book to balance work and politics.

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Amazing

This is an amazing book and if you are curious President Obama's political beliefs along with his personal values this book will do that.

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Could've been written yesterday.

Completely relevant, practically predicts Trump. You might ask how come he let it happen... But listen to this book and you can't argue his ideas are wrong. In his telling it's just obvious common sense.