The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

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It is also extremely enjoyable. Though his prose never quite matches the lofty heights of his oratory, his style remains fluid and engaging.
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Synopsis

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.”


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BARACK OBAMA was elected President of the United States on November 4, 2008. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream.
 
Published October 17, 2006 by Crown. 384 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, History, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by GARY HART on Dec 24 2008

The self-portrait is appealing. It presents a man of relative youth yet maturity, a wise observer of the human condition...

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NY Times

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Reviewed by Michiko Kakutani on Oct 17 2008

...in these pages he often speaks to the reader as if he were an old friend from back in the day, salting policy recommendations with colorful asides about the absurdities of political life.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by David Lammy on May 05 2008

It is also extremely enjoyable. Though his prose never quite matches the lofty heights of his oratory, his style remains fluid and engaging.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Peter Preston on Apr 29 2008

So The Audacity of Hope invites sterner scrutiny than your average political potboiler. It is a presidential calling card. It may be all our futures.

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Blog Critics

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Reviewed by Tom Carter on Dec 03 2009

...come away with a better appreciation of Barack Obama as a kind and decent man who loves his country and tries to do what he believes to be right and good.

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Book Reporter

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Reviewed by Robert Finn on Dec 22 2010

...his thoughtful and wide-ranging book is worth reading for the reasonableness of its ideas and the grace of its style.

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The Age

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Reviewed by Kenneth Nguyen on Feb 16 2008

...his prose offers qualities too rarely experienced in American political discourse: authentic personability, intellectual honesty and, above all, a willingness to openly question his party's and his own beliefs and rhetoric.

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Reviewed by Yuval Levin on Dec 31 2008

This is in essence a campaign document, with most of the faults and few of the virtues of the form.

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