Is Barack Obama the savior of liberalism—or the last liberal president? Charles R. Kesler's spirited analysis of Obama's political thought shows that he represents either a new birth of liberalism—or its demise.
Who is Barack Obama? Though many of his own supporters wonder if he really believes in anything, Charles R. Kesler argues that these disappointed liberals don't appreciate the scope of the president's ambition or the long-term stakes for which he is playing.
Conservatives also misunderstand Obama, according to this leading conservative scholar, educator, and journalist. They dismiss him as a socialist, hopelessly out of touch with the American mainstream. The fringe Right dwells on Obama's foreign upbringing, his missing birth certificate, Bill Ayers's supposed authorship of his books. What mainstream and fringe have in common is a stubborn underestimation of the man and the political movement he embodies.
Reflecting a sophisticated mix of philosophy, psychology, and history, and complemented by a scathing wit, I Am the Change tries to understand Obama as he understands himself, based largely on his own writings, speeches, and interviews. Kesler, the rare conservative who takes Obama seriously as a political thinker, views him as a gifted and highly intelligent progressive who is attempting to become the greatest president in the history of modern liberalism. Intent on reinvigorating the liberal faith, Obama nonetheless fails to understand its fatal contradictions—a shortsightedness that may prove to be liberalism's undoing.
Will Obama save liberalism and become its fourth great incarnation, following Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson? Or will he be derailed by his very successes? These are the questions at the heart of Kesler's thoughtful and illuminating book.
Kesler finds the intellectual headwaters of modern liberalism in Woodrow Wilson and the Progressives. He shows how the modern administrative state flowed downstream. Read morePublished 14 months ago by T Davis
I can't figure out how I missed this book when it appeared. Now that I've read it, I think it's great!Published 15 months ago by Stephen E. Bennett
There are a lot of books out there that simply "preach to the choir" when it comes to bashing Obama. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Just an old fart
Book is too difficult to read and hold my interest I have not finished it and doubt I will. Dust catcher nowPublished 16 months ago by Dave Clark
This book implied that liberalism is in crisis and for my point of view is not. What undermined liberalism is in its definition. Read morePublished 20 months ago by IVYSTARR
The book is wonderful. It explains the thinking of Progressives and explains why they are think differently from a conservative. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Bobw
The book was in ok condition but not as good as others I have received with its high rating. Coffee had been spilt on pages in the middle. Mailing was prompt. Read morePublished 21 months ago by rwwhite
While this is written from the conservative point of view, it is far from a polemic. Liberals and conservatives alike may be underestimating the complexity of Obama's vision for... Read morePublished on April 3, 2013 by fairandbalanced