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Inside Obama's Brain Hardcover – December 1, 2009
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Obama does possess the qualities we need in a leader, and, as the author points out, his experience as a community organizer (despite ignorant sneers from the likes of Sarah Palen) has equipped him to listen to the peoples' needs and to work with all the stakeholders involved to seek solutions to our many problems. The trouble is, on the health care issue, the Republicans had no interest in solving the nation's health care problems, only in "breaking Obama." Obama also cozied up to the health insurance industry, hoping they would not mount an attack against reform. But being who they are, when time came to actually pass something, the insurance industry, of course, attacked. So much for bringing everyone together.
But that brings me to what impresses me most about Obama. He doesn't fade, he doesn't crash, he doesn't flinch when things are going badly.Read more ›
The book highlights not just his rise to fame in the world of politics, but the journey he took to understand himself. Pres. Obama's mixed heritage may have been seem by some as just another obstacle for the young man to overcome, but Abramsky highlights it this way: "His very existence challenges social codes and prevailing orthodoxies. Obama is, in many ways, a walking one-man diaspora, a man who can't be defined, or rather confined by his many heritages... To a peculiar degree, he is, as a result, his own creation."
That sums up in many ways the 'out of the box' thinking that seems to lead the man who would become America's Commander-In-Chief. Through each challenge and difficulty, there seems to be a "glass half full" approach that kept him striving, achieving and overcoming.
INSIDE OBAMA'S BRAIN has all the ingredients needed for a worthwhile read. Above all it reminds us that no matter how dark things may appear around us at any given time, we have to always be on the hunt for the light within us all.
That is the good news. The bad news is that by attempting to finesse the only two issues that really mattered in the subtext of the life of a confused young biracial man trying to find his way in a racist culture: the issues of race and sex, Ms. Abramsky has done immeasurable harm to an otherwise stellar production. It is safe to say that, in addition to religion, race and sex are the only issues that are really pivotal to defining a young man's identity. And if the truth were told, religion, stripped down to to its bare essence, is really also only about race and sex. I tried to find ways to excuse the author for this glaring omission. But each time I was prepared to do so, she herself brought forth new evidence of her own guilty self-awareness of these issues.Read more ›
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the term "community organizer" came from and what it actually means.
hint: invented by saul alinsky, communist who dedicated his popular book "Rules for Radicals" to... Read more
I have not read the book nor do I plan to. I would much rather read an explanation on how anyone over the age of 12 could take such an individual seriously. Read morePublished on October 29, 2010 by Bob Rothman
I bought this book for someone special as a gift and they enjoyed it so much that they are re-reading it!Published on May 11, 2010 by ShopperGirl
Sasha Abramsky's new book, Inside Obama's Brain (Portfolio Books), offers a thoughtful analysis of Obama through the eyes of his friends and colleagues interviewed by Abramsky. Read morePublished on January 26, 2010 by John K. Wilson