- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Broadway Books (November 6, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307237702
- ISBN-13: 978-0307237705
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
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"He is one of the best writers to enter modern politics."
—Jonathan Alter, Newsweek.com
"[Barack Obama] is that rare politician who can actually write- and write movingly and genuinely about himself...In these pages he often speaks to the reader as if he were an old friend from back in the day, salting policy recommendations with colorful asides about the absurdities of political life...[He] strives in these pages to ground his policy thinking in simple common sense...while articulating these venomous pre-election days, but also in these increasingly polarized and polarizing times."
—Michiko Katutani, New York Times
"[Few] on the partisan landscape can discuss the word 'hope' in a political context and be regarded as the least bit sincere. Obama is such a man, and he proves it by employing a fresh and buoyant vocabulary to scrub away some of the toxins from contemporary political debate. Those polling categories that presume to define the vast chasm between us do not, Obama reminds us, add up to the sum of our concerns or hint at where our hearts otherwise intersect...Obama advances ordinary words like 'empathy', 'humility', 'grace' and 'balance' into the extraordinary context of 2006's hyper-agitated partisan politics. The effect is not only refreshing but also hopeful...As you might anticipate from a former civil lawyer and a university lecturer on constitutional law, Obama writes convincingly about race as well as the lofty place the Constitution holds in American life...He writes tenderly about family and knowingly about faith. Readers, no matter what their party affiliation, may experience the oddly uplifting sensation of comparing the everyday contemptuous view of politics that circulates so widely in our civic conversations with the practical idealism set down by this slender, smiling, 45-year-old former sate legislator who is included on virtually every credible list of future presidential contenders."
—Los Angeles Times
"What's impressive about Obama is an intelligence that his new books diplays in aubundance."
—Washington Post Book World
"An upbeat view of the country's potential and a political biography that concentrates on the senator's core values."
“The self-portrait is appealing. It presents a man of relative youth yet maturity, a wise observer of the human condition, a figure who possesses perseverance and writing skills that have flashes of grandeur. Obama also demonstrates a wry sense of humor…His particular upbringing gives him special insights into the transition of American politics in the 1960s and ’70s from debates over economic principles to a focus on culture and morality, and into the divisiveness, polarization and incivility that accompanied this transition.”
—Gary Hart, The New York Times Book Review
“America’s founders set a high standard for political writing, and most contemporary efforts fall woefully short. How nice, then, to have a politician who can write as well as U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois. … The Audacity of Hope … is fascinating in its revelation of Obama as someone who considers and questions, rather than asserts and declares. In nine focused chapters, Obama shows himself an agile thinker. This is an idea book, not a public-policy primer.”
—Elizabeth Taylor, Philadelphia Daily News
“Not only is Obama a good writer, his mind is top-shelf, his heart tender.”
—Les Payne, Newsday
“A thoughtful, careful analysis of what needs to be done to preserve our freedoms in a time of terror.”
—Newton N. Minow, Chicago Tribune
About the Author
BARACK OBAMA was elected President of the United States on November 4, 2008. He is the author of one previous book, the New York Times bestseller Dreams from My Father.
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Throughout the book, Obama makes a convincing case for finding common ground and working together to solve problems in a non-ideological, practical and compassionate way, on such topics as money in politics, income and wealth inequality, race, immigration, and other issues still relevant today. He writes, “…whenever we exaggerate or demonize, oversimplify or overstate our case, we lose. Whenever we dumb down the political debate, we lose.” He emphasizes the need for empathy, to put yourself in somebody else’s shoes and to see things from their perspective, to hear both sides of the story. This point of view seems to be a core part of his personality, and I felt like reading this book gave me a better sense of how to do that in my own life.
In this book, Obama points us toward a more reasonable, common sense form of politics that is still worth aiming for. Reading this book again gave me a sense of perspective on current events and actually a feeling of optimism about the future. I could be wrong about it, but I think the main point of the book, that there is more that unites us than divides us, is still true, and I think Obama’s vision of a better kind of politics will win.
for the mess we got ourselves in currently, politically.
To counteract the malignant divisive bent of the 'head,'
HOPE is what we need to pull ourselves through.
Grateful for the eight years that turned his youthful head gray,
we are fortunate that his strength and his voice will still be with us.
No doubt he will offer more loving wisdom from the sidelines.
May he live and be well. In Love Always Shellie
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