Who is Barack Obama? Even after his reelection, many Americans wonder what he really believes. Charles R. Kesler argues that both liberals and conservatives underestimate the scope of Obama's political ambition and the long-term stakes for which he is playing.
I Am the Change tries to understand Obama as he understands himself, based largely on his own writings, speeches, and interviews. Kesler, a leading conservative scholar, educator, and journalist, takes Obama seriously as an intelligent and thoughtful progressive who is intent on reinvigorating the liberal faith and leading it to a new political preeminence—but who fails to understand the contradictions and crises, both fiscal and philosophical, toward which he is rushing.
Will Obama save liberalism and become its fourth great incarnation, following Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson? Or will the movement be derailed by his very successes? These are the questions at the heart of Kesler's indispensable guide to the past, and the future, of American liberalism.
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 15 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 16 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 16 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 17 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 21 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 22 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 22 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