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"Jim Kloppenberg, one of the country's finest intellectual historians, has come up with a remarkable idea as to how we can understand President Obama: just read what he has written and take it seriously. Think of Kloppenberg as the Bob Woodward of investigative philosophical analysis. He's written a fine and hugely informative book."--E.J. Dionne, syndicated columnist and author of Souled Out
"An intellectual biography of a practicing politician might nowadays seem a contradiction in terms, but James Kloppenberg, one of America's leading intellectual historians, draws penetrating insights from a close examination of the ideas that animate Barack Obama. Reading Obama shows the powerful impact on Obama's politics of his engagement with the late twentieth century revival of philosophical pragmatism and civic republicanism. Obama takes ideas seriously, and Kloppenberg details why that matters for all of us. This is a fine example of contemporary intellectual history."--Robert D. Putnam, Harvard University
"Obama is not just a powerful speaker, but a thinker engaged with the ideas of his country and his age--this argument by historian James Kloppenberg should therefore fascinate anyone interested in American politics or how ideas shape public life. Tracing the influences of Obama's family, educational, and work experiences on his ideas, Reading Obama locates a unique individual in the crosscurrents of American democracy and continuing fights over American ideals."--Martha Minow, Harvard Law School
"Reading Obama strikingly illuminates the man, enriching our sense of his intellectual formation and commitments and significantly deepening our understanding of his place in history. In the face of the hyper-partisan atmosphere of the moment, this book reminds readers of the enduring force of an alternative tradition in the American past, and sketches that tradition with care and persuasion."--Daniel T. Rodgers, Princeton University
"In this arresting, highly informative book, Kloppenberg shows how Obama was shaped by the intellectual debates of the 1980s and is thus the first president since Woodrow Wilson to deeply absorb and act upon the most sophisticated social theories of his generation."--David Hollinger, University of California, Berkeley--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The author specializes in American Philosophy, and he used Obama as a means to discuss what he believes is Obama's political philosophy. Read morePublished on April 4, 2013 by Paul J. Evans
The author imposes a template on Obama that emerges from the author's quest to write an intellectual history of American politics. Read morePublished on October 19, 2011 by Michael Haas
"God is not a Christian," a conversation with Desmond Tutu, someone who has practiced compassion and reconciliation effectively and influenced a world so in need of this teaching. Read morePublished on July 21, 2011 by peacenow
Intellectual historian James Kloppenberg (Harvard) subjects Barack Obama's two books (Dreams from My Father, and The Audacity of Hope, important speeches (including Obama's Nobel... Read morePublished on May 14, 2011 by G.X. Larson
Prof. Kloppenberg's Sources was most interesting. Others have noted the major points of this intellectual historical perspective on Obama the person as well as an overview of... Read morePublished on April 2, 2011 by Paul B. Eaglin
I have just finished reading this intensely interesting book and then read all the customer reviews below. Read morePublished on March 19, 2011 by David R. Cook
This was a good book that gave some insight into the background of the president, although it seems as though the audience for this book should be academic types that are into... Read morePublished on March 16, 2011 by Amod A. Vaze
As a political phenomenon, Barack Obama is fascinating. Unfortunately, Kloppenberg's *Reading Obama* contributes nothing new to our understanding of Obama's ideas. Read morePublished on February 2, 2011 by Edmund Jimenez
This book is impressive in that it doesn't beat up on any one side of the political spectrum. Instead, it clears up misunderstandings on both the political Right AND Left. Read morePublished on January 17, 2011 by Kelly