The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

Random House Large Print, 2006 - 594 .
In July 2004, Barack Obama electrified the Democratic National Convention with an address that spoke to Americans across the political spectrum. One phrase in particular anchored itself in listeners minds, a reminder that for all the discord and struggle to be found in our history as a nation, we have always been guided by a dogged optimism in the future, or what Senator Obama called the audacity of hope. Now, in The Audacity of Hope, Senator Obama calls for a different brand of politicsa politics for those weary of bitter partisanship and alienated by the endless clash of armies we see in congress and on the campaign trail; a politics rooted in the faith, inclusiveness, and nobility of spirit at the heart of our improbable experiment in democracy. He explores those forcesfrom the fear of losing to the perpetual need to raise money to the power of the mediathat can stifle even the best-intentioned politician. He also writes, with surprising intimacy and self-deprecating humor, about settling in as a senator, seeking to balance the demands of public service and family life, and his own deepening religious commitment.At the heart of this book is Senator Obamas vision of how we can move beyond our divisions to tackle concrete problems. He examines the growing economic insecurity of American families, the racial and religious tensions within the body politic, and the transnational threatsfrom terrorism to pandemicthat gather beyond our shores. And he grapples with the role that faith plays in a democracywhere it is vital and where it must never intrude. Underlying his stories about family, friends, members of the Senate, even the president, is a vigorous search for connection: the foundation for a radically hopeful political consensus. A senator and a lawyer, a professor and a father, a Christian and a skeptic, and above all a student of history and human nature, Senator Obama has written a book of transforming power. Only by returning to the principles that gave birth to our Constitution, he says, can Americans repair a political process that is broken, and restore to working order a government that has fallen dangerously out of touch with millions of ordinary Americans. Those Americans are out there, he writeswaiting for Republicans and Democrats to catch up with them.
 

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LibraryThing Review

  - MrDickie - www.librarything.com

Published while Mr. Obama was a United States Senator. He discusses the many issues confronting the nation and outlines his suggestions for changes that need to be made in order to improve the situation.

  - readerjudi - Overstock.com

If you havent known President Obamas biography youll never understand him. Beautifully written this is a trip to his roots and beginnings. I recommend to every one.

Prologue
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Republicans and Democrats 19
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Values
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Our Constitution 109
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Politics
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Opportunity
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Faith 305
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Race
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The World Beyond Our Borders
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Family
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Acknowledgments 567
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 (2006)

BARACK OBAMA is the junior U.S. senator from Illinois. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Michelle, and two daughters.