“Politically timely and of permanent importance to the study of the American mind. A serious but accessible study of the thinking underpinning the modern liberal project…This is a title - and an author - with a long shelf life and much to teach.” (Washington Times)
“Drawing on his wide reading in philosophy and American political thought, Mr. Kesler argues that Mr. Obama has been shaped by the political tradition of Progressivism and that his 2008 triumph has helped, in turn, to reshape it.” (Wall Street Journal)
“Obama has earned what he now receives, the tribute of a serious intellectual exegesis by a distinguished political philosopher.” (George Will, Washington Post)
“Kesler is the reader for whom Obama has long been asking, in the sense of ‘asking for it’, and this book is the examination of the One we’ve been waiting for.” (Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review)
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.See all Editorial Reviews
How far back do you have to go to understand modern liberalism? At the very least, you have to go back to Hegel (I would say you have to go back to Genesis 3:5, but I’ll put that... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dr. Filthy McNasty
These Straussians, they lack a sense of history, to put it gently. They are always after the same thing, reducing the infinitely messy and vast multiplicity of human history to the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by C. Noyes
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 19 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 19 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 20 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 20 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 on August 20, 2013 by IVYSTARR
The book is wonderful. It explains the thinking of Progressives and explains why they are think differently from a conservative. Read morePublished on July 29, 2013 by Bobw