The Audacity of Hope

The Audacity of Hope

Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

Book - 2006
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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. One phrase in particular anchored itself in listeners' minds, a reminder that for all the discord and struggle to be found in our history as a nation, we have always been guided by a dogged optimism in the future, or what Obama called "the audacity of hope."

The Audacity of Hope is Barack Obama's call 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 explores those forces--from the fear of losing to the perpetual need to raise money to the power of the media--that can stifle even the best-intentioned politician. He also writes, 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 book is Barack Obama's vision of how we can move beyond our divisions to tackle concrete problems. He examines the growing economic insecurity of American families, the racial and religious tensions within the body politic, and the transnational threats--from terrorism to pandemic--that gather beyond our shores. And he grapples with the role that faith plays in a democracy--where it is vital and where it must never intrude. Underlying his stories about family, friends, and members of the Senate is a vigorous search for connection: the foundation for a radically hopeful political consensus.

A public servant and a lawyer, a professor and a father, a Christian and a skeptic, and above all a student of history and human nature, Barack Obama has written a book of transforming power. Only by returning to the principles that gave birth to our Constitution, he says, can Americans repair a political process that is broken, and restore to working order a government that has fallen dangerously out of touch with millions of ordinary Americans. Those Americans are out there, he writes--"waiting for Republicans and Democrats to catch up with them."
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2006.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780307237699
0307237699
Characteristics: 375 p.

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georgekkataoka
Mar 30, 2017

This is a great book if you enjoy learning about politics and history. Barack is a very gifted writer and his passion and education clearly show throughout the book. This is less a biography of him, and more a stance on his passionate views on the future of this nation. The biggest takeaway from this book for me was just how well-balanced he was as a senator and eventually President.

esther_12031211 Aug 18, 2013

This is one of my favorite presidents so I had to read this and its really good he goes into what he knows and believes. Barack Obama is a logical man.

msquietchatty Mar 16, 2013

Only an idiot can say they didn't read a word from the book yet they hate it

aaa5756 Nov 07, 2012

A very good read. I enjoyed this book I would recommend this book for all to read.

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notsecure
Jan 09, 2012

Obama is a puppet and nothing else. Obama should be in the dictionary under rhetoric.

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dparent
Nov 30, 2008

A great to learn about Obama's perspective various topics such as economy, family, race etc. Not a biography but glimpse of his life tells us how he became what he is today. Interesting if you are into politics.

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