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Obama's America: A Transformative Vision of Our National Identity
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on August 4, 2012
I look forward to reading the book. Dr Reifowitz is a noted academic and researched the topic well with many references to speeches.
I have just ordered the book and look forward to reading it and the views it presents. Ir seems obvious to me that
"dangerous propaganda" (review) has not read the book for he does not present any evidence or references to the book to establish his point.I think that this is just another Obama hater propagating his propagandistic views,in a phrase(blowing smoke).Obama's America: A Transformative Vision of Our National Identity
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on August 24, 2015
I like that he has woven Pres. Obama's past speeches and books into his writing of "Obama's America". It gives you an even greater understanding of the man - Obama.
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on December 22, 2012
He explains the difference between civic nationalism, for which America is famous, and which Obama proudly defends and tries to extend, and ethnic nationalism, AKA Blut und Erde (blood and soil) nationalism, which the author, quite rightly in my view, identifies as the driving spirit of many American (and German, Russian, Chinese etc) right wing intellectuals. And although he doesn't quite go there, he implies that Obama is a boon to Jews who want to live in America, while his opponents should make Jews feel mighty uncomfortable
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on November 18, 2012
The book is worth a read and could come at no better time! The last election showed us if we ever doubted that our national identity has been shifting and that our President reflects this shift like no other.
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on August 4, 2012
Obama's America is a pleasure to read, and focuses closely on the 'vision' that Barack Obama has articulated, and repeated, over and over throughout his public life. The book provides a studied review of how the President has consistently motivated the American people to see beyond themselves, and move to a more inclusive view of the word American. I hope that people of all affiliations read this and understand that whatever they might think about Obama, the author shows that Obama wants them in America.
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on September 1, 2012
This book is an amazing and accurate depiction of President Obama visions for this country. The comments by the negative reviewers are ignorant and idiotic, please ignore them. This book is refreshing because it outlines Obama as a true American, something the Racist republicans have been trying to spin with their "unamerican" and "birther" lies and comments whIch reflect their racist attitudes and undertones.
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on August 4, 2012
Noah Webster's first American Dictionary defined American as "a native of America; originally applied to the aboriginals, or copper-colored races, found here by the Europeans; but now applied to the descendants of Europeans born in America." To be clear, for Webster the word American equaled white, and his dictionary labeled "Americans" as white while excluding Indians and ignoring Africans. But as Reifowitz rightly reminds us, American can mean something very different today. In the wake of deep economic recession, conflict over immigration and ongoing racial disparities and culture wars, Obama's America tackles the tough question of who we are as Americans and presents the president's evolving and forward-thinking (though not entirely unproblematic) answer. Definitely worth reading.
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on October 19, 2016
This book shows clearly how racial politics have changed in the US and especially with Obama, and made me reconsider many things. This was an interesting and understandable read for a non-academic reader. I highly recommend it!
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on September 26, 2014
A very good synopsis of Barack Obama, his life and philosophy. Reifowitz gives a thorough history lesson in multiculturalism from the civil rights era though Obama's election in 2008. He explains the basis for Obama's ideas of universal integration from Martin Luther King Jr., and how he rejected race based radical multicultural approaches. There are countless examples given for Obama's tireless work to bridge gaps and bring people together. The later portion of the book goes in depth to debunk right wing attacks that aim to distort Obama and paint him as a radical or racist.
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on September 12, 2014
Product was satisfactory in every way
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