The Audacity of Hope
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  • The Stuff Presidents Are Made Of
    This book doesn't really NEED another to sing its praises. But for me,
    the greatest part of the book is that it helped its author get elected.
    I must be the exception, since I only read it in the first month AFTER
    the election last year. It is superlative in its analysis of what is going
    wrongly in America, what is needed to fix it, and how to get from here to
    there. To think beyond party politics and partisanship to the kinds of
    changes he proposes is indeed AUDACITY. But that is just what we need today in the U.S., a positive kind of audacity: hope. I highly commend
    this book to any and all readers; I found it eminenetly readable and enjoyed it immensely. Didn't want to put it down. Now that he's there
    longer than his first month, I pray for him daily. I know he welcomes that....more info
  • interesting read
    I found the book interesting, this man is a visionary, took the lessons in his own life and has applied it to life. He is a great listener and obviously observes all around him, takes the best of people and trys to make it work, whatever there situation or political view.
    What a novel idea, to listen and care about people from all walks of life, but not as an enabler. I really enjoyed reading this book.
    ...more info
  • The Audacity of Celebrity
    "Audacity of Hope" is the book that launched Pres.-elect Obama's career. It made him the celebrity president-elect he is now. It's an eloquent,well-written book,showing that Obama is incredibly articulate. He speaks powerfully of "reclaiming the American dream." His title is from a sermon by the controversial Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

    "Audacity of Hope" has Obama's numerous hopes and dreams--be it for a less unilateral foreign policy,socialized health care,or a quick retreat from Iraq. One does have to admire Obama for questioning the Iraq War when it was still popular. He did have the audacity to do so. He was willing to ask if it were really the smart thing to do.

    "Audacity of Hope" is Obama's socialism with a smile. For him,the American Dream means the government does everything. Sort of like the "Sicko" documentary where Michael Moore revels in the fact that the French government does people's laundry while they're on maternity leave.

    The best sections in "Audacity of Hope" are on Faith and Family. He amusingly describes his debate with the self-righteous Alan Keyes (so righteous he disowned his pro-life,lesbian daughter) He argues,rightly,that the right-wing "Moral Majority" has used their religion to attack others. The conservative scare tactics on abortion and same-sex marriage have enjoyed their pyrrhic victories (if they've been victorious at all) Obama is right that women having crisis pregnancies need help--but does abortion exactly help? He has said he doesn't want his daughters "punished with a child"--which is very telling. Obama also discusses same-sex marriage. He opposed Prop.8 as hateful and divisive, yet he plans to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. He is avidly pro-choice,but ambiguous on gay rights.

    "Audacity of Hope" has an accurate portrait of the President-to-be. He has the audacity of celebrity....more info
  • Happy senior...happy woman...happy American!
    Now that this highly intelligent, humanly-warm being is president, I also have the audacity of hope. This book projects the greatest quality in any human being--citizen or leader--that of being authentic. You know his words reflect the truth as he perceives it on any given topic, question or problem, and you know that an incredible intelligence guides his opinions.
    I am happy--at 83--to have this human being as president. With all this, he is an avid reader and historian which gives him the informed backdrop for making wise decisions. I do sleep better with him at the helm....more info
  • A fascinating introduction to the political views of Barack Obama
    I still vividly remember when I first discovered Barack Obama. It was the fall of 2003. At work I always listen all day long to NPR. From 9 to 10 there is a show entitled 848 (in 2003 I believe it had slightly longer hours), which focuses on local (primarily Chicago but also in Illinois as a whole) affairs. I got back to my desk with an interview already in progress. The interviewee was discussing the Iraq War (which he opposed) and universal healthcare (which he thought crucial for the well-being of the country). Even though he explained that he was not in favor of a single payer healthcare system (he felt the structures were not in place for that), I was impressed with his intelligence and how articulate he was. During the course of the interview I realized that he was a candidate for the senate seat that Peter Fitzgerald was vacating (848 was doing an hour long interview with all of the Democratic and Republican candidates for the senate seat). I had been leaning towards Dan Hynes, but I was so impressed listening to this individual that I stayed glued to my radio waiting to hear what his name was. Then, at the conclusion of the very impressive interview, I heard the announcer thank Barack Obama for participating in the interview. I was so taken with the candidate that I instantly knew that I was now leaning towards Obama. I voted for him both in the primary and in the general election.

    When Barack Obama wrote this book it is pretty obvious that he intended someday to run for president. It became a commonplace after his electrifying keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention to ponder whether he might one day become president. The only question would be whether he would run in 2008 or 2012 or 2016. He was young enough that any of those years were possible. I personally was hoping for 2008, primarily because I did not believe (and still don't) that Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton's economic views differed substantially from all the presidents from Carter through Bush 43 (Clinton and Reagan are closer in their economic policies than either is to Nixon, who has more in common with all of the presidents on economics from FDR through LBJ than he does to any who came before Obama). I felt that the number one need for the country was to get away from the string of presidents who contradictorily advocated smaller government (even while people like Reagan and Bush 43 dramatically expanded the size of government), nonprogressive tax cuts (in nearly every instance except one by Clinton shifting the tax burden from the rich to the middle class and working poor), and abandonment of progressive federal programs that had served to empower the middle class from FDR through Nixon. In other words, we had tried the kinds of free market, small government (even if it wasn't actually smaller government, it was the myth Reagan pushed) policies for decades, and they didn't work.

    I knew a great deal about Obama's positions on a wide range of issues so at the time I didn't feel that I needed to read this book. I did know that it stood out from other such books. Over the past few decades there have been a vast number of books similar to this one published by individuals hoping or planning to run for president. Most are forgettable. Does anyone remember that Bush 43 and John McCain wrote similar books? Though in fairness to Obama, the vast majority of these books are ghostwritten. THE AUDACITY OF HOPE is unique in that Obama actually wrote it and that it is the rare campaign book that is likely to be remembered. It is distinguished both by Obama's wonderfully lucid prose style and the breadth of his political vision. On the former, this is not as well written as his earlier book DREAMS FROM MY FATHER, which almost reaches the level of prose poetry at times. But that is not surprising. The earlier book was far more personal and far more literary; the newer book was more of a political credo addressed to the electorate.

    What is impressive to me is that despite the various things that were said by Obama during his presidential campaign, as president (so far) his agenda is completely consistent with the views expressed in this book. If you want to understand Barack Obama and the political values he holds dear, you need to read this book. In contrast with other political candidates, like Reagan and Bush 43, he isn't the tiniest bit ideological. He truly does hearken back to FDR (whom he resembles in many ways), in that he is driven not by ideology but values. Unless one wants to call the generalized belief that all Americans should be well off an ideology. He is obviously of the opinion that the policies that have driven government the past few decades have not worked and he lays out the nature of the various problems facing the nation and explains what he believes are possible solutions. Now, as president, he is putting many of these solutions into place. He definitely looks back to FDR as his political role model. Though conservative radio talk show hosts disagree, virtually everyone acknowledges that the foundation that FDR laid down in the thirties helped pull the country out of an economic morass and created the longest sustained period of economic success in American history. Carter began abandoning those policies (it was Carter and not Reagan who began the mania for deregulation) and Reagan accelerated them, leading to three decades of middle class decline (though the decline was slightly reversed during the Clinton years). Obama more than anything wants a politics centered on the vast majority of Americans and not merely the top 2% of the population.

    Obama writes with a rare eloquence and intelligence on the problems facing America. His reflections are also wonderfully nuanced. He possesses a rare ability to evaluate both himself and the world around him and achieve a balanced and fair view of things. In the book Obama frequently expresses dissent (he clearly is not fan of George W. Bush) with other views, but at no point is his tone combative or polemical. He manages to see both sides of every argument, even while coming down strongly on one side of that argument. To opponents of abortion, he "gets" their opposition, even while he disagrees. He understands why many are sceptical of government programs, even while he touts a crucial role for government helping to correct the problems in our society.

    It is clear from this book that Obama has read deeply in American political history. He has a profound grasp of the political issues that dominated each era of our nation's history and how they translate into today. This is hardly surprising, given that he was a constitutional law professor at one of the most prestigious law schools in America, but he doesn't discuss these issues like a professor. You get the sense that he has mastered an immense body of knowledge about the United States, but has taken a further step to ponder how it all relates to today's political scene. I have for many years been a fairly serious armchair student of the American presidency. I've read biographies on most of the American presidents, and sometimes (especially with Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Lincoln, the Roosevelts, and more recent presidents) more than one. Of all of them, Obama seems to have the most overarching view of America of any since Lincoln (FDR is my favorite president, but he didn't possess the global understanding of either Lincoln or Obama--anyone wanting to see how profound Lincoln's understanding of America was should read his second annual report to congress, now known as the State of the Union Address). He understands the country in its diversity and complexity. Although I've long been a supporter of Obama, seeing just how wide-ranging his knowledge of and love for America truly is made me more confident than ever that Obama has a true shot at being a great president. Whether he will be a truly great president depends on a host of factors, but he certainly seems to be different. As a student of the presidency, I've often been frustrated reading earlier presidential biographies. Since becoming an adult I've had to suffer through a long string of average to mediocre presidents. The presidents from FDR through LBJ were all remarkable, strong, gifted presidents, Democrat and Republican alike. From Nixon through Bush 43 we've suffered through a string of weak (though in the case of Reagan ridiculously over-hyped) presidents. This has often happened in American history. Lincoln was preceded by a string of weak presidents. McKinley and Teddy Roosevelt were preceded by an equally long string of mediocre presidents while FDR was preceded by a shorter string. Historically, many of our best presidents have followed weak ones. I only know that in my adult life this is the first time I've looked at my president with pride and hope. As a native of Arkansas, I was happy to see an fellow Arkansan in the White House, but while his economic policies were a slight improvement over Reagan and Bush (and certainly the middle class did better under Clinton), he largely to me seemed to be GOP Lite. Obama just might end up the most exciting president in my lifetime, and hopefully someone that future generations of Americans will envy us for having, just as I've envied others for having presidents like Lincoln and the Roosevelts....more info
  • A fascinating introduction to the political views of Barack Obama
    I still vividly remember when I first discovered Barack Obama. It was the fall of 2003. At work I always listen all day long to NPR. From 9 to 10 there is a show entitled 848 (in 2003 I believe it had slightly longer hours), which focuses on local (primarily Chicago but also in Illinois as a whole) affairs. I got back to my desk with an interview already in progress. The interviewee was discussing the Iraq War (which he opposed) and universal healthcare (which he thought crucial for the well-being of the country). Even though he explained that he was not in favor of a single payer healthcare system (he felt the structures were not in place for that), I was impressed with his intelligence and how articulate he was. During the course of the interview I realized that he was a candidate for the senate seat that Peter Fitzgerald was vacating (848 was doing an hour long interview with all of the Democratic and Republican candidates for the senate seat). I had been leaning towards Dan Hynes, but I was so impressed listening to this individual that I stayed glued to my radio waiting to hear what his name was. Then, at the conclusion of the very impressive interview, I heard the announcer thank Barack Obama for participating in the interview. I was so taken with the candidate that I instantly knew that I was now leaning towards Obama. I voted for him both in the primary and in the general election.

    When Barack Obama wrote this book it is pretty obvious that he intended someday to run for president. It became a commonplace after his electrifying keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention to ponder whether he might one day become president. The only question would be whether he would run in 2008 or 2012 or 2016. He was young enough that any of those years were possible. I personally was hoping for 2008, primarily because I did not believe (and still don't) that Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton's economic views differed substantially from all the presidents from Carter through Bush 43 (Clinton and Reagan are closer in their economic policies than either is to Nixon, who has more in common with all of the presidents on economics from FDR through LBJ than he does to any who came before Obama). I felt that the number one need for the country was to get away from the string of presidents who contradictorily advocated smaller government (even while people like Reagan and Bush 43 dramatically expanded the size of government), nonprogressive tax cuts (in nearly every instance except one by Clinton shifting the tax burden from the rich to the middle class and working poor), and abandonment of progressive federal programs that had served to empower the middle class from FDR through Nixon. In other words, we had tried the kinds of free market, small government (even if it wasn't actually smaller government, it was the myth Reagan pushed) policies for decades, and they didn't work.

    I knew a great deal about Obama's positions on a wide range of issues so at the time I didn't feel that I needed to read this book. I did know that it stood out from other such books. Over the past few decades there have been a vast number of books similar to this one published by individuals hoping or planning to run for president. Most are forgettable. Does anyone remember that Bush 43 and John McCain wrote similar books? Though in fairness to Obama, the vast majority of these books are ghostwritten. THE AUDACITY OF HOPE is unique in that Obama actually wrote it and that it is the rare campaign book that is likely to be remembered. It is distinguished both by Obama's wonderfully lucid prose style and the breadth of his political vision. On the former, this is not as well written as his earlier book DREAMS FROM MY FATHER, which almost reaches the level of prose poetry at times. But that is not surprising. The earlier book was far more personal and far more literary; the newer book was more of a political credo addressed to the electorate.

    What is impressive to me is that despite the various things that were said by Obama during his presidential campaign, as president (so far) his agenda is completely consistent with the views expressed in this book. If you want to understand Barack Obama and the political values he holds dear, you need to read this book. In contrast with other political candidates, like Reagan and Bush 43, he isn't the tiniest bit ideological. He truly does hearken back to FDR (whom he resembles in many ways), in that he is driven not by ideology but values. Unless one wants to call the generalized belief that all Americans should be well off an ideology. He is obviously of the opinion that the policies that have driven government the past few decades have not worked and he lays out the nature of the various problems facing the nation and explains what he believes are possible solutions. Now, as president, he is putting many of these solutions into place. He definitely looks back to FDR as his political role model. Though conservative radio talk show hosts disagree, virtually everyone acknowledges that the foundation that FDR laid down in the thirties helped pull the country out of an economic morass and created the longest sustained period of economic success in American history. Carter began abandoning those policies (it was Carter and not Reagan who began the mania for deregulation) and Reagan accelerated them, leading to three decades of middle class decline (though the decline was slightly reversed during the Clinton years). Obama more than anything wants a politics centered on the vast majority of Americans and not merely the top 2% of the population.

    Obama writes with a rare eloquence and intelligence on the problems facing America. His reflections are also wonderfully nuanced. He possesses a rare ability to evaluate both himself and the world around him and achieve a balanced and fair view of things. In the book Obama frequently expresses dissent (he clearly is not fan of George W. Bush) with other views, but at no point is his tone combative or polemical. He manages to see both sides of every argument, even while coming down strongly on one side of that argument. To opponents of abortion, he "gets" their opposition, even while he disagrees. He understands why many are sceptical of government programs, even while he touts a crucial role for government helping to correct the problems in our society.

    It is clear from this book that Obama has read deeply in American political history. He has a profound grasp of the political issues that dominated each era of our nation's history and how they translate into today. This is hardly surprising, given that he was a constitutional law professor at one of the most prestigious law schools in America, but he doesn't discuss these issues like a professor. You get the sense that he has mastered an immense body of knowledge about the United States, but has taken a further step to ponder how it all relates to today's political scene. I have for many years been a fairly serious armchair student of the American presidency. I've read biographies on most of the American presidents, and sometimes (especially with Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Lincoln, the Roosevelts, and more recent presidents) more than one. Of all of them, Obama seems to have the most overarching view of America of any since Lincoln (FDR is my favorite president, but he didn't possess the global understanding of either Lincoln or Obama--anyone wanting to see how profound Lincoln's understanding of America was should read his second annual report to congress, now known as the State of the Union Address). He understands the country in its diversity and complexity. Although I've long been a supporter of Obama, seeing just how wide-ranging his knowledge of and love for America truly is made me more confident than ever that Obama has a true shot at being a great president. Whether he will be a truly great president depends on a host of factors, but he certainly seems to be different. As a student of the presidency, I've often been frustrated reading earlier presidential biographies. Since becoming an adult I've had to suffer through a long string of average to mediocre presidents. The presidents from FDR through LBJ were all remarkable, strong, gifted presidents, Democrat and Republican alike. From Nixon through Bush 43 we've suffered through a string of weak (though in the case of Reagan ridiculously over-hyped) presidents. This has often happened in American history. Lincoln was preceded by a string of weak presidents. McKinley and Teddy Roosevelt were preceded by an equally long string of mediocre presidents while FDR was preceded by a shorter string. Historically, many of our best presidents have followed weak ones. I only know that in my adult life this is the first time I've looked at my president with pride and hope. As a native of Arkansas, I was happy to see an fellow Arkansan in the White House, but while his economic policies were a slight improvement over Reagan and Bush (and certainly the middle class did better under Clinton), he largely to me seemed to be GOP Lite. Obama just might end up the most exciting president in my lifetime, and hopefully someone that future generations of Americans will envy us for having, just as I've envied others for having presidents like Lincoln and the Roosevelts....more info
  • interesting, informative,bold
    quite an interesting piece, very inspirational true to the core, quite dignified in retrospect, "know thy self" pursue your dreams steadfast ahead and dont waiver ...more info
  • audacity of hope
    bought for my 22 yr old daughter. She was enthusiastic to receive this book but it has taken a back seat to the Twilight series which she vowed was "too cheesy" and she would never read. Her sister got this series and they have both speed read through them. Sorry Barack. I expect you will get your due....more info
  • WHAT 'REALLY' GIVES US HOPE
    First of all, the style in which then, Senator Obama communicates with his readers compels you to want to read more, and to look forward to your next opportunity to pick up the book. He has an appealing ability to make you feel like he is speaking to you personally.

    Secondly, if you enjoy American history, and have interest in such things as our Founding Fathers, the ideals on which they based the cornerstones of our democracy, the people and events which have continued to shape that democracy over time, OR, you enjoy current politics, and have an interest in such things as the mechanisms of the modern day senate, policy making, factors which shape and change our politicians, then this book is for you.

    Lastly, while now, President Obama does call out numerous personal ideas and strategies to deal with the challenges America is facing, these are NOT truly the things which give us 'The Audacity of Hope'. It is in the reading of this book that you discover the Content and Strength of President Obama's Character as a human being, the Depth of his Faith, and his Unwavering Belief that America can once again become the Great Nation she was, and that the American Dream can be Reclaimed. It is THESE THINGS that inspire us to Believe and Dare us to Hope!...more info
  • No wonder he is the President now
    this is wonderful audiobook, Barack has a great voice and delivery that made the overall experience thoroughly enjoyable.
    This is an inspiring political biography (with human element to it!!)
    Provides an insight into a man and a politician of collaboration - who clearly has made history!

    absolutely loved it - i actually heard the first copy from the library but then ended up buying a copy for my collection.
    I look forward to his presidency....more info
  • Best Book Detailing the Life of Somebody Who Never Did Anything
    Barack Obama's The Audacity of Hope, infamously named for a sermon by much-respected civil rights pioneer Rev. Wright (a man with, truly, the most incredible sensitivity to other cultures out there), is an amazing book. It's a book that details the political ideology of a man that lacks any semblance of a consistent ideology. I do suspect that he vowed to keep the book at under 200 pages right until he submitted the manuscript, as that type of thing does to tend to be the M.O of Obama.

    It's even more amusing when you realize that he, personally, has done things that he finds intolerable. His view on bipartisanship has been discarded, almost completely, by himself. He has done what he claimed was NOT bipartisan thus far in his administration and then, in a move he labeled dishonest RIGHT until he decided he'd do it. Consistency is a bit too audacious.

    To be honest, little in this book is remotely engaging. I must ask if Platitudes R Us was the secret ghost writer as this was just a collection of vague platitudes about how evil partisan politics are --- and how the Republicans might, in fact, be comparable to Nazis because they're not as bipartisan as lovely people like Barack Obama. Truly, a noble sentiment for all of America. One I feel infinitely more enlightened for having been exposed to. It was similar to my exposure to strep throat...first it hurt like heck and then it became hard to eat or swallow, but it eventually settled it into a dull ache. Which is how Obama's time on the national stage has been thus far.

    It is nice to say we need to do this or that without having to worry about how in the world we'll actually pay for it --- though, in his defense, that has hardly changed since he won the White House. But it's not realistic and it's going to cause unmanageable problems in the very near future.

    But, hey, it's the golden days NOW, right? Right?

    Audacity of Hope gives a fairly depressing insight into the thought process of the man in the White House. Initially viewed as him trying to straddle the fence to avoid hurting his bipartisan images, it has now been demonstrated to be a tragic problem of the thought process of the White House. Well, it cannot be said that we were not warned....more info
  • The President-elect's game plan for the next four years
    This book was written back in 2006, before Barack Obama ever thought about making a run for the White House. But if you take the time to read it - REALLY read it - you'll see that it reflects what he's been saying during and after the campaign. It's only been three years but his views and philosophy don't seem to have changed that much. And that speaks volumes for what we can look forward to in the next four (hopefully eight) years.

    Obama is very plain-spoken here. He doesn't use sophisticated political language; he speaks an English that the average American should be able to understand, and outlines a philosophy and point of view that, while you may not agree with it, is perfectly understandable.

    There isn't much biography here - that was in his earlier book, "Dreams From my Father", which is on my shelves waiting for me to read it. But there is enough to whet your appetite for that earlier book, including one very funny sequence concerning ants. I'm not going to spoil it; you'll have to read it yourself....more info
  • An Insight to the New President's Mind
    Ok, he's not president ... yet. We still have 14 more days. However, I bought this book before the election, wanting to read more about the man's state of mind and his thoughts on the American dream. It has taken me this long to read it, not because the words are too hard (I read that somewhere that someone was daunted by the "big" words he used), but because it is very thought-provoking and it is not a book to rush through. I rarely if ever underline anything in my books but this book broke that rule of mine. I was underlining so many different thoughts in there to remind myself that it is what I agree with too. That doesn't necessarily mean that I agree with everything he has said, but he does provide fodder for thought.

    It is a very well-written book. It makes me wish that I could attend his classes on Constitutional Law, which is saying something since I find law boring. He provides examples after examples to back up his thoughts. He has obviously done his research especially in foreign policy (which is my least favorite chapter of all the chapters. It was also one that I disagreed with the most.) and he is passionate about his beliefs. He is passionate about the American people. I've seen it in his speeches and during the debates. He is passionate about the American Dream. And it's about time there is someone at the helm who is passionate about the Dream and how we can work together to bring it about.

    I don't expect Obama to bring about all the changes that he'd like to see because, let's be honest here, politicans in Congress will not agree and they will fight everything they can to push their own agenda through. Hopefully, Obama will be able to override that but that remains to be seen. However, he does have a good plan in mind and hopefully, he will be able to implement it.

    The one thing I got from this book is the strong sense of hope. The strong sense of hope and change that his presidency will bring about, hopefully. For the first time in 8 years, there is a feeling of hope among the people and among different readers. This book has generated a lot of talk among people. Hopefully, these talks will bring about the necessary change that is needed desperately for this country to thrive.

    It doesn't matter which side of the aisle you are on, this book is a much read. It is also a relief that for a change, there is an intelligent man at the helm of this country.

    1/4/09...more info
  • Audacity of Hope
    Lofty though his goals may be, The Audacity of Hope let's you believe.

    Not since John F. Kennedy have we've seen such an articulate speaker, capable of leading the nation with his words and communicating his vision in simple terms that make sense to those outside the beltway.

    Kudos....more info
  • Feeling good about lies...
    If you're the type that likes style over substance, this just may be your find of a lifetime. Truly a fluff piece for those who want to live in a social utopia... denying reality and substituting dreams along the way.

    Skip this if you're grounded in reality....more info
  • Great book
    I boiught this book and it was delivered within 4 days. I could not believe it came so fast, and the quality of the book was new, I was told it was a used book but it was better than bookstore quality. Thank you for the book....more info
  • A Man Who Means What He Says
    A fantastic book written by a man who is proving to be a promise keeper of the highest sort. Phenominal writing....more info
  • Obama, the man for 2009!
    This is a must read or at least every household should have one of Barack Obama's book in their library....more info
  • Makes me proud to call him my president!
    This is a thoughtful and inspiring book which is written well without being stuffy, written simply without being dumbed down and even at times achieves eloquence, without being preachy. The chapters on "the Constitution", "Faith" and "the World Beyond Our Borders" show a good grasp of American history, and the chapter on "Politics" is an assault on the do-nothing cynicism which seems to have settled into the hearts of too many Americans, both on the right and on the left. I was particularly taken by President Obama's criticism of liberal "progressives" who are so rooted in secularism that they reject people who have faith based values. The candid anecdotes from Obama's own life are fascinating, and reveal a good bit about how his ideas and his personality have been shaped. I wish every American would read this book, no matter who they voted for, and then come together with a renewed sense of purpose to work with each other, disagree civilly, and fully live up to our founding ideals. ...more info
  • wiating for refund, still
    Sorry but the book, as I was informed, was not in the stocked--after I purchased it, and I waited for several days. Then, I was notified that I was told that I was going to receive a refund and I am still waiting. ...more info
  • Very well-written
    Written in a style that is easy to read, I found The Audacity of Hope to be very insightful. The author has a simple, but not simplistic, perspective on the world. Since he is our next president, everyone should read this book....more info
  • Progressive centrism, plain and simple
    Though billed as a radical liberal by his opponents during the campaign, this book should have made it clear long before the campaign that this was very far from the truth. Actually there is very little here with which one can take issue, much less offense, no matter how far you are from the left-end of the political spectrum. One may think that Obama is being calculating, trying to be all things to all people, and yes, there might be something of that here. The timing of this book's publishing in 2006, just before the presidential race began in full gear, makes one wonder how much of the real Obama we are getting here, but two things that are clear from reading this book are (1), the man can think through complex issues, not just dogmatically take positions, and (2) he is not afraid to listen and even consider viewpoints very different from his own. Considering the paralyzing polarization that has gripped American political life in the past years, one can only be thankful that this clear headed author has been elected President, and, for the good of the country and the world as a whole, wish him well. ...more info
  • My mom and Sis love this book
    There is really not that much 2 say. I ordered the book for my mother and she loved it and she gave 2 my sister, who also loved it.......more info
  • Audacity of Hope Reveals Obama's Thought Process
    I found the Audacity of Hope to be an honest and refreshing look at politics as it should be and what could be done to get this country back on track. Driven by the injustices he sees and the opportunity for this country to excell, Obama spells out a clear and compelling narrative on his philosophy of government. He is as good a writer as he is a speaker. The stories and justification of his positions are clearly laid out. You may not agree with them all, but they are there for you to read yourself and not have someone interpret them for you. It's Obama's life experiences, not just political experiences that he brings to his job. For those who say we don't really know who Obama is or what he stands for, read this book!! ...more info
  • Barack is My Homeboy!
    Hey ya'll what's up in this piece? I just logged in to review my new favorite book, the Audassity of Hope! I feel as dough ya'll should know that I voted for Barack because he is black. That's it. Yo, when I heard my dawg was running fo office dat was all I needed to hear. Now, I didn't acutally vote for ma man, but I did buy the t shirt sos I can sho him my support. Ok, I stole dat shirt, but the thought was still sincere.

    For more good books, read Tupac and Fitty Cent. ...more info
  • The reason I am still a registered Democrat
    I work with a vast majority of Republicans. In fact, about 90% of my work group considers themselves to be Conservative. Many of my peers ask why I am still a Democrat, although I make good money now, and I tend to be very suspicious of Government. I suppose that part of the reason may be because I am still young, and I was raised by Democratic parents. I can now point to Barack Obama and the principles that he lays forth in The Audacity of Hope as the primary reason why I remain a registered Democrat.

    I have watched CNN and Fox News, or read the newspaper many times and wondered what talking heads like Keith Oberman and Sean Hannity are talking about. I have often wondered if they even live in the real world. I mean, in my life, issues are not as cut and dry as these personalities make them seem. Mr. Obama gets at the heart of this in The Audacity of Hope. In this book, we see that though Mr. Obama is a politician, he sees the world in a very practical manner. That is, ideology doesn't always dictate how one should act. For example, Mr. Obama clearly explains the dual-nature of the American people. He describes the Christian mother who has had to pay for her daughter's abortion, or the Liberal citizen who has a problem with Gay marriage. That is the reality that I live. Those are the people that I interact with, not the predictable characters of Radio and TV.

    The key reason why I remain a Democrat is because I agree with Mr. Obama's portrayal of both parties. For example, I concur with his observation that "...what has characterized the ideological core of today's GOP is absolutism, not conservatism. I see the Republican Party as the more ideological of the two parties. There does not seem to be any flexibility or diversity of ideas within the Conservative base. On the other hand, while not perfect, the Democratic Party is fueled by more practical thinkers like Mr. Obama. For example, Obama describes the plight of women: "...two visions [of women are always] at war with each other-the desire to be the woman her mother had been, solid, dependable, making a home and always there for her kids; and the desire to excel in her profession, to make her mark on the world..." He goes on to suggest that Government can help implement ways in which women are better able to fulfill both roles.

    Regardless of your political ideology and affiliation, The Audacity of Hope is a must read, if for no other reason than because Mr. Obama is our President for the next 4 years and we all need to be informed of his plans. In addition, I rate The Audacity of Hope 5 stars because it is very well written and easy to read....more info
  • Fair forward-thinking non-partisan critique of America
    I'm strictly non-partisan, voting for neither Democrats nor Republicans, and I was pleasantly surprised by this thoughtful, intelligent, introspective and well-written look at American politics by a supreme political player. While it does double duty as an effective marketing piece, what impressed me was our president's fairness, caution, and ability to see both sides of issues and frame arguments intelligently. He reveals a profound sense of the complexity of foreign relations and a sharp assessment of history. That he taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago for years deepens his understanding. His unique background puts him in a wonderful position to bring up sensitive, swept-under-the-rug topics like racism, and his fairness and sensitivity on these issues are impressive. So I am quietly and cautiously optimistic that America will be well-served under his stewardship.

    Still, I would like to remind the public that numerous thinkers have suggested that the office of the presidency has become dangerously powerful. It would be easy to use the excuse of a terrorist attack to proclaim martial law and use the machinery of government to silence critics. Presidents can start wars; Congress was supposed to have this power, according to the Constitution. Ordinary Americans have dropped out of the political process to the extent that they expect the president to do the hard work of democracy for them (see Dana D. Nelson's excellent "Bad for Democracy" in which she argues that excessive trust in the presidency is a grave problem). The meager extent of American political participation seems to be voting for president -- that's all we do -- and that's not enough. The office is a magnet for the shrewd, for persons with extreme political ambition, and there is real danger that any president, even one as apparently good and fair as President Obama seems to be, may become a tyrant.

    There should be no mistaking that America's problems are substantial: partisan gridlock, corruption, inability to confront serious looming problems like the specter of nuclear terrorism or social security underfunding, economic competition from rising nations, financial meltdown, excessive lobbying, the decline of real citizenship, and breakdown of the federal structure. Washington, not state governments, manages the economy, and it does this job badly. Most Americans are not real citizens but rather apathetic consumers who have little interest in local political participation.

    I think the challenges facing America are bigger than any one man's ability to solve them, even one as apparently exceptional and smart as President Obama, so I am summoning a Second Constitutional Convention to Independence Hall in Philadelphia, beginning July 4th, 2009, to craft a revised Constitution to fix numerous flaws mentioned by constitutional scholars such as Sanford Levinson and Dana D. Nelson and Kevin R. C. Gutzman, and to base their work on the existing constitution as much as possible. In particular, I think the foreign policy architecture is broken because too much power is entrusted with only one official (the president) and so foreign policy can only be as competent as this one person. I advocate: a restoration of the federal structure so that individual states can regain much of their authority to regulate their respective economies; a new understanding of citizenship as an active relation between people and government with specific responsibilities and privileges; identification of movement in public to prevent terrorism while preserving privacy; de-politicization of the Supreme Court; reforms to restore competition for public office in congress and the senate; tolerance; and restoration of healthy democratic process. After the new Constitution is written, then it should be ratified or rejected by the public in a special vote.

    And, I think our impressive President Barack Obama is highly qualified to be a delegate to this convention, so I am extending this invitation to him, and I hope he will decide to attend. His excellent book is one more sign of many that he is highly qualified to help revise the Constitution.

    Thomas W. Sulcer
    author of "Common Sense II: How to Prevent the Three Types of Terrorism" (Amazon)...more info
  • We Are All One
    Reading about history has always been a favorite past time of mine, ever since grade school, especially reading about real people, you know, before they became famous and they lost touch with the "working guy/girl". I also enjoy Frank Capra movies but that's a subject for another review. So, when I finally got around to reading President-elect Obama's "The Audacity of Hope" I wasn't expecting what happened. I didn't just like it, I thoroughly enjoyed it and had a hard time putting it down because it was so real. I found myself questioning what I really believed in. It was like I was having a heart-to-heart conversation with Senator Barack Obama, who just happened to have been elected President of the United States. Now he's the President-elect Obama and I feel like I have this relationship with the, soon-to-be sworn-in, next President of the United States.

    The title "The Audacity to Hope" explains why I liked the book so much, and it's because the book gives a good insight into who Barack Obama is. In "The Audacity to Hope" President-elect Obama explains why he feels about being who he is, and as a result it makes me want to be a better person. I believe that what he says is true, "that we have a stake in one another." John F. Kennedy was the only other President, in my life-time, that has given me cause to feel this way. I want so much to believe him when he writes " that what binds us together is greater than what drives us apart." We are all one in so many ways.

    The book is real because the man is real, he speaks from his heart and he is aware of the hearts of others. He's aware of the millions of Americans who go about their business every day. "Their lives are full of contradictions and ambiguities." He is aware that Americans understand that politics is a business and no longer a mission, . . . "they turn inward, away from the noise and rage and endless chatter." "A government that truly represents these Americans - that truly serves these Americans - will require a different kind of politics." President-elect Obama connects to American's hope when he writes, "That politics will need to reflect our lives as they are actually lived." He states "And we will need to remind ourselves, despite all our differences, just how much we share: common hopes, common dreams, a bond that will not break." Again, testimony to how we as human beings are all one.

    Barack Obama is aware of his strengths and also his weaknesses. In "The Audacity of Hope" Barack Obama expresses his feelings on both sides of many important issues and yet he is not closed minded to his critics. "I'd begun to see how any challenge to convention harbored within it the possibility of its own excesses and its own orthodoxy."

    In the beginning of "the Audacity of Hope" President-elect Obama writes, "Instead what I offer is something more modest: personal reflections on those values and ideals that have led me to public life." I believe that is exactly what he has done in this book. I also believe him when he quotes Benjamin Franklin saying: "I would rather have it said, He lived usefully, than, He died rich" another reason why we are all one.
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  • Now You Know Why He is Our President!
    What a wonderful read...so well written ...a book all should read. He is now our President and after reading this book where he gives you his take on politics you understand why. Please, all should read this book....more info
  • No Drama Obama's Practical Panorama Causes No Trauma
    President Obama has given supporters and detractors a great gift. Instead of the typical boilerplate, partisan book which every presidential candidate has ghostwritten while running for office, the author put a great deal of thought into this work. It was penned before an attempt at the presidency was even a glimmer in his eyes and it shows by President Obama's unguarded presentation. It is not a detailed blueprint of what he would do once he is in office, but a man grappling with being a father, husband, Senator, a man of mixed race and deeply religious.

    Forthright, humble, respectful of others' views and introspective are the staples of the author's book. The man truly shows a level of emotional maturity and dignity not seen in some of our more recent chief executives. It is very rare to get a glimpse into the inner workings of how our president thinks before he takes the oath of office. We have to rely on third-person narratives which are usually interesting, but give an incomplete if not a blatantly false picture. Here's your opportunity to know your President. Easy to read, yet eloquent and sincere. ...more info
  • Pres. Obama is an Eloquent Speaker - BUT - His Book Cannot Speak!
    This book is SPEECHLESS to the blind and disabled who would like to "read" it by using the Text-to-Speech function. Does President Obama know that his book is disabled? Hopefully, he will see the error of this and demand change... now that's a hopeful thought....more info
  • Hope?Ha!!!!!!!!!!!!


    This 'One' who is setting himself up as a 'Messiah' gives me the creeps.He is setting himself as a savior of the
    world.His articulateness and the media propping his enormous popularity reminds me of a 'sheep' Hitler.Just
    because he has no bloodlust doesn't make him any harmless.I feel his legacy would be ending America's gre-
    atness and I think of that not in racial terms as I myself isn't Caucasian....more info
  • Reclaiming the American Dream with Barack Obama
    His second book reaffirms my wisdom and that of millions of Americans in voting for him to be President. I just hope he hasn't set us up to be disappointed because his book is so upbeat and positive and intellectually thrilling to me. I wish we could clone him! Let's make it Reclaiming the American Reality so it doesn't remain a dream....more info
  • The Audacity of Hope
    Audacious, indeed. Our new President is outragously thoughtful, philosophical, and inspiring. I am THRILLED that he is our new leader. Anyone who doubts him at all should read this book. And anyone who wants to believe in the Future should read this book....more info
  • Should be mandatory reading
    If you want to get some insight to the thoughts of the new president on a wide variety of of issues ( politics, faith, race, opportunity, family, the world beyond our borders), then this book is mandatory reading. Written before Obama ran for president, these pages portray a man who spends a great deal of time internalizing issues with great insight and looking for sensible solutions. ...more info
  • Great and optimistic view of America.
    I love the way our soon to be President Obama looks at people and issues. I wish this could be required reading for students and adults. I think it would help us come together as a nation....more info
  • Get to know your president
    (audiobook review) If there are any holes left in this, I couldn't find them. If you want to get to know who your president is and what he's all about, definately check this out. Obama discusses race, religion, sex, and family. He makes many valid points; however, in coming to the conclusion that hispanic immigrants should be treated like human beings, he really doesn't come to a convincing solution to the problem of lack of jobs, or where the majority of latino earned money goes in this country (like, back to their home countries). But, maybe some of that is none of my business...so make sure you learn Spanish? I don't know, if you're curious about his views, check it out. I have a hard time not liking him, and he's even a lawyer....more info
  • YES WE CAN!!!
    Everyone Hates a Ball Hog but they All Love a Scorer: The Complete Guide to Scoring Points on and off the Basketball Court

    GOD BLESS AMERICA AND OUR PRESIDENT!!!...more info
  • Thought-provoking
    Seller: Product was in excellent condition, arrived quickly; great price.
    Book: Amazing that with everything else he has to do, he produced such a clear, well-written, thoughtful description of his life and philosophies. (I'm sure it's not ghost-written, not with his name on it.) I'm not finished yet, but I know already that I want to give this book as a gift to other people....more info
  • You just keep on reading...!!!
    I am kind of new to politics and instead of reading old Lincoln books, I preferred this and looks like it charged my political ambition. Hats off Barack..!!! We need this president for next 8 years...after what Bush did to our country. He has new ideas, new energy...!! We are into a new global economy. I believe in President who believes in Google and Maytag factory in Iowa. Not a fool like Bush, who tried to kill our Middle class...Keep on reading this book and tell others..!!!...more info
  • Excellent service
    This book came on time, there was no problem at all, and it was a good price and I am a completely satisfied customer. I would use this service and again and recommend it to anyone....more info
  • book
    I really enjoy this book. If you like history or like politic you will like this book....more info
  • Audaciously excellent book!
    I loved this book, shows how thoughtful and intelligent Barack is. He indeed has the makings of an excellent president. He'll be up there with our greatest presidents....more info
  • C'mon people lets look at actions not words
    "Words, just words, 'I have a dream', just words"- Barack Obama (another tedious stump speech):: Unfortunately, yes, just words Barack.
    Anyone can write or talk. I'm the King of Siam, I invented the internet, I have a 12 inch ****. Truth is vindicated in action, responsible action. I've now read this book as well as "Dreams From My Father" and, while it is infinitely more likely Obama had more of a hand in contributing to this particular book, Both books were definitely NOT written by this man. Words, just words, until the teleprompter goes whacko and you actually have to come up with an independent thought. The Obama who supposedly wrote these 2 books is not the same Obama who we see stumble when the telepromter fails and he "Um, Um, Um's" himself through press questions. Or makes massive mistakes while reading the prompter(Like calling the somalian piracy "somalian privacy" without skipping a beat. It's clear he doesn't know nor care what "words" he's saying.
    I'm giving this and "dreams" 1 star because plagiarism and/or fraud should not be rewarded and there is no option for zero stars. I've read numerous blogs, internet theories and commentaries from literary experts on both sides of this "did Obama or Ayers or whoever write these books" and, frankly, all I need is my own two eyes and ears. The "words" in these books do not mesh in any cogent way with the actions(obvious illiteracy without tele-prompting) of this man Obama. Nothing more needs to be said. I could go into several paragraphs of the inadequacy of the content of this book as well, but I don't need to do that. Obama did not write these books. And don't think I'm a conservative, I voted for Obama, as well as Kerry in 2004 and Gore in 2000. I made a huge mistake this time. I'm also sorry I donated any cash to this phony buy purchasing his fraudulent publishing's....more info
  • The Audacity of Hope
    If anyone (regardless of their political leanings) wants to understand how our new president thinks and makes decisions, then reading this book is a must for all Americans. It is also a very readable and deeply insightful book about our American past and our hope for the future....more info
  • The Stuff Presidents Are Made Of
    This book doesn't really NEED another to sing its praises. But for me,
    the greatest part of the book is that it helped its author get elected.
    I must be the exception, since I only read it in the first month AFTER
    the election last year. It is superlative in its analysis of what is going
    wrongly in America, what is needed to fix it, and how to get from here to
    there. To think beyond party politics and partisanship to the kinds of
    changes he proposes is indeed AUDACITY. But that is just what we need today in the U.S., a positive kind of audacity: hope. I highly commend
    this book to any and all readers; I found it eminenetly readable and enjoyed it immensely. Didn't want to put it down. Now that he's there
    longer than his first month, I pray for him daily. I know he welcomes that....more info
  • No Text To Speech!
    I'll leave the review of the content to the printed book. Disabling text to speech - thanks for the arbitrary limitation!...more info
  • AMAZING
    I'AM ENJOYING MY PRESIDENT BOOK, IT'S AMAZING AND I JUST THINK HE'S ONE OF THE MOST INTELLIGENT GUYS I HAVE MET IN QUIET SOMETIME. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK PRESIDENT OBAMA AND I WILL ALWAYS SUPPORT YOU IN WHAT EVER YOU DO.



    BRENDA S.C....more info
  • Spot-on, accurate book on the realistic state of America today!
    This is one fantastic, necessary read! Barack Obama is a true visionary and articulate statesman, who writes accurately and with passion. I found myself agreeing with almost everything in this book, especially his stance on government and it's more than ever needed role. I am sick and tired of so many 'knee jerk', simpleton, right-wingers over-using the word 'socialist' to 'fan the flames' against government in general, when in fact, NO country has ever achieved true socialism. Countries like Canada, Sweden, Germany, France, etc. are all 'mixed economy' capitalist nations, and their expanded role of government steps in where pure market capitalism fails. We have a LOT to learn from them! Given the many cyclical economic downturns our nation has weathered over the decades, it is evident that capitalism (now global capitalism) is not near the perfect system so many think it is. Government's role in this global economy has increased by necessity, and is often the engine needed to help our limping economy get back on it's feet again, after free market failures have manifested themselves (AIG, bank bailouts, automotive bailouts, stimulus plan, etc.). To read this book is to understand what crossroads we are at as a nation, and what we need to do to solve our most pressing issues, which are many. Don't miss this book folks... it's that good!...more info
  • Very Interesting
    This is a great book. I was looking for a little more insight into our current presidents goals for his time in office, and it has really provided that. I liked his views before reading the book, and I respect them even more now. ...more info
  • Inspiring!
    This book does inspire one to hope. It shows great depth of knowledge and thought on many subjects linked to the American dream. It gives hope to know that is it so eloquently written by our president. ...more info
  • Good, but improvement in distribution of products
    am highly dissapointed, out of the two books i oredered , only one has been dispatched . still waiting for the other one over a month. highly dissapointed. though the website and mode of payment seems smooth and working well. the distribution is poor. this may affect continuing business with you...more info
  • Hail to the Chief
    This book and "Dreams from my Father" evidence the fact that the US now has the most erudite and intelligent man in the Oval Office since at least JFK (who won a Pulitzer for "Profiles in Courage"), or perhaps FDR or even Lincoln.
    The impact of the books is even greater on the abridged audio versions, with the 44th President reading his own work in his mellifluous voice.
    It was these works, both of which I read during the campaign, even more than his electrifying speeches, which switched me from a Hilary supporter to the Obama camp. As an Australian, I didn't get to vote, but I still cried when he won.
    Hail to the Chief....more info
  • Same old, same old
    Tried reading the book, but there is nothing new here. Just the same old bromides and banalities without any real analysis or opinions; cookie-cutter platitudes designed to gratify the masses. Am unsure how this new president-elect has stirred up such enthusiasm from reading this book....more info
  • A masterpiece
    When I bought the book I was very skeptical about it, and I truly wanted to read it in a neutral way. Turns out this book became one of my favorite books. I was humbled by his style of writing and to see that it was like reading my own thoughts and ideals. It gave me hope, it brought back a sea of emotions and dreams that I had once lost. I love the book! He is a marvelous writer, love it! ...more info
  • Same old cliche socialism in fancy Chicago clothes
    I like to read a lot of books and I read very fast, but this book is a drag.

    Obama is not swayed by facts and research. He has his ideas and he knows that most of his audience lacks the sophistication to understand the consequences of political decisions. For this reason, in his book he will weave a large set of platitudes with some light personal stories.

    Read the book and please tell me if you can explain in 500 words what you found out about Obama.

    However I gave the book 2 stars because, it is true, Obama can express his ideas in such convoluted ways that it's easy to forget that he is 100% in disagreement with you.

    Obama is the person who can say that he thinks that there should be common sense anti-gun laws and believe in the second amendment in the same sentence.

    What I don't understand is why a lot of people (most of them endowed with a slower processor than myself) can fall head over heels for these sophisticated platitudes. What is also interesting is to see somebody who twists and turns its discourse in such windy way that whatever comes out, appears plausible.

    Obama wastes no time with theory, with actual assumption, implications and testing of his ideas. What he does instead is to provide some historical background, expose a lot of positives for his ideas, few negatives, while for the opposing camp has few positives (to appear unbiased) and a lot of disadvantages. He is very manipulative in basically capturing the reader in believing his story. In fact, reading his book, you will rarely, if ever, be able to understand his position on the issue. He just wants to appear a "good guy".

    But he isn't. I suggest you read the first chapter of Freddoso's book: the case Against Barack Obama. I read only the first chapter of the book and the image of corruption in Illinois made my head spin. Obama is a manipulative social climber. He became the Illinois senator in 1996 by disqualifying his opponents.

    Obama's approach in the book is light and unscientific. On page 179 for example he explains why he is against privatizing Social Security. He claims that those who came late, before a company collapses are left with the losses. That is true, but it's also true that individual citizens, left to do what is good for them, make decisions and learn from their mistakes.
    Most of the problems that America faces now come from fixing a non issue at the time in exchange for votes of those who benefit from but don't pay for the particular law. Those who are afraid of the market can buy gold, treasuries etc, while those who like to gamble can buy upstarts or other risky assets.

    Obama is an old cliche socialist in fancy clothes. ...more info
  • The Audacity 0f Hope
    I sent this book to one of my Native American students that is in prison in the hope that he will take President Obama's words and turn his life around. There can be no more excuses after we have elected and President Obama. Everthing is possible ...more info
  • The Audacity of Hope
    Audacious, indeed. Our new President is outragously thoughtful, philosophical, and inspiring. I am THRILLED that he is our new leader. Anyone who doubts him at all should read this book. And anyone who wants to believe in the Future should read this book....more info
  • Sheer Brilliance
    Bo is still a puppy, so it took me a long time to read my Dad's book, because he is very smart a uses bigger words then Bio is familiar with. But, it was worth all my time and efforts. My Dad's book, "The Audacity of Hope" is the true story of one brilliant kind man who loved his country above all things except for my Mom, sisters and me. It tells the story of a heart and mind large enough to not only encompass the dreams of our fore fathers and bring them once again to shinning life for the American people, who he loves so well.

    In closing, this book is soo good that Bo had to roll over...Four paws way up!!!...more info
  • The Most Inspiring Book I Have Ever Read
    In light of all of the terrible things that have happened over the past
    eight years under the Bush Administration, it is about time that positive change come to fruition finally in this country. The Audacity of Hope is well-written, with a wry sense of humor
    despite the obstacles imposed early on his life as a child of a single mother. I used to be a Republican many years ago and I can tell you
    that politically this is the type of book that inspires a generation or two or three of voters and sways the Right to find common ground with the Left (or I should say those that are slightly left of Center). Barack Obama is a wonderful politician though I don't want to call him a politician as he is far more of a statesman and a social reform advocate. I suppose that I cannot find the right words to tell you how great this book really is. You must experience it for yourself and share it with your friends. Reading this book will make you especially proud of your country knowing that our democracy finally rang true this election and that the majority of the American electorate is somehow bound by a shared sense of Hope. Remember Hope and positive Change in our legislation are the only ways we will truly prosper as Americans and as members of the global community in the upcoming years. The Audacity of Hope is a great book covering Barack Obama's political ideology, philosophy, plans for this country and its communties. If you do choose to read this incredible book, you will have a greater sense of the man who rose so quickly into power. As a Democrat and an ex-Republican, I realize that there are so many Republicans still churning questions about Obama. If you find yourself in this position, then I will tell you that this is the book for you to add to your reading list. I felt especially patriotic after reading this book,
    knowing that there is a politician out there who is genuinely speaking out on the behalf of so many Americans and citizens of the world....more info

 

 
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