- Hardcover: 291 pages
- Publisher: Canongate Books; First Edition edition (2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847674321
- ISBN-13: 978-1847674326
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,815,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama's Plan to Renew America's Promise Hardcover – 2008
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The first half of this book, apparently written by campaign satffers, attempts to spell out what "Barackism" has to offer. In other words, it's his program statement through the words of his staffers. My friends, these ideas are good, but reading this part is as exciting as watching paint dry. Dull, dull, dull. Every other sentence begins, "In an Obama administration, this or that will happen." Bring out the sominex, people.
Part 2 is the good stuff. This contains the best of his actual recent speeches from Iowa (Jan. 4, 2008) up to a speech he made this summer in Michigan about the economy (this apparently went to press before the Denver speech of Aug 28, 2008). Even on paper, this is exciting and inspiring. Highlights include the New Hampshire speech of Jan 8, 2008 (best known as the "Yes We Can" speech), the Father's day speech (the one that inadvertantly killed off Jesse Jackson's career after the Rev. was caught making profane and jealous remarks on camera about this message), and his race speech in Philadelphia which articulates what a lot of us post-movement Blacks feel about the bitter ranting and pessimism that passes for Black nationalism.
So for reading the "Best of Barack" in his own words, it's pretty good. The rest? Let the buyer beware. Readers are better off with the various compilations of the "Best of Barack" in speeches and writings.
In essence, it's a glimpse into what Obama will do as president, why these actions are smart, and how he'll get the plan done. It's like a presidential crystal ball, letting readers know what they're voting for -- or against.
Change We Can Believe In was put together by Obama for America, with a foreword by the candidate. Net proceeds from book sales will be donated to charity.
The speeches soar. The "race" speech Obama gave in Philadelphia is striking in its honesty: it is from a leader, not a politician. From the New Hampshire Primary Night speech: "And so tomorrow, as we take this campaign south and west, as we learn that the struggles of the textile worker in Spartanburg are not so different than the plight of the dishwasher in Las Vegas; that the hopes of the little girl who goes to a crumbling school in Dillon are the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of L.A.; we will remember that there is something happening in America: that we are not as divided as our politics suggests; that we are one people; we are one nation; and together, we will begin the next great chapter in America's story with three words that will ring from coast to coast; from sea to shining sea. Yes. We. Can.Read more ›
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Bought this for research purposes only, not for reading pleasure.Published 11 days ago by Maggie Kay
For those wondering what Bill Buckley would make of Barrack Hussein Obama. I'd say this comes as close as we'll ever get: "Too many countries in the democratic world have gone... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Take Back America
read this book now... in the Fall of 2014.... you'll find the promises from a couple of years back hilarious. Politicians are such tools and Mr. Obama is no exception.Published 22 months ago by Todd G. Wylie
An outline of the President's plans and hopes for America. Written before the 2008 election, President Obama lists some of the things that are important to him to accomplish and... Read morePublished on July 10, 2014 by Cherie M.
This book and the others I purchased were all about learning. Learning who this man is, where he came from, and what he was all about. Read morePublished on May 18, 2014 by A Connor