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Review: The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

Editorial Review - Bookreporter.com - Robert Finn

This, the second book by the Democratic junior senator from Illinois, fits no literary pigeonhole very comfortably. It is part personal history, part history lesson, part policy manifesto and part philosophical tract. Barack Obama has already admitted thinking about running for President in 2008, so many may dismiss his book as a mere campaign tactic. Even if that is so, however, his thoughtful ... Read full review

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Nice work of fiction
Only some parts were imagined

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liberal

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GREAT
His writing is almost as great as husband speeches!!

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Ghost written
I guess I shouldn't be shocked that so many people think Obama wrote this by himself. It's common knowledge that both of his books have had cowriters. It's ultimately a boring book.

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Liar in Chief, what a waste of time.
One lie after another. Waste of time.

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President Barack Obama's second book, written while he was still a Senator representing Illinois. Obama gives a look into his personal life and personal beliefs. He writes on his motivations for entering politics, his beliefs on the values of Americans, the founding of United States, the condition of bi-partisan politics as it exists today and offers his ideas of what the future may hold in terms of reform of the culture of politics in America as a whole.
The most rewarding aspect of this book is that the tone with which he speaks and delivers his addresses through his speeches is also present in this writing. The imagery of his childhood and thoughts about running for office mirror the the grandiose rhetoric of his oratory works. It's no wonder that the audio rendition of this book won a Grammy for the Best Audiobook.
Where the book disconnects for me is in that while it is very hopeful, and rightly so, it seems to fail to completely acknowledge the state of the American economy and the spirit of American people. Not that Obama is aware of the reality of life in modern America but that he doesn't give due credence to where the American people are. The fact that while there is good reason to be hopeful, it's hard for Americans to find and hold onto hope at this particular time in history. An awesome act of writing that's very straightforward and in no ways pretentious. I would highly recommend for anyone who wants to get insight into the ideology of the President and the rallying cry of the Democratic Party during the 2008 campaign run.
 

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Barack Obama, then Senator from Illinois, explains his stance on many of the issues seen facing America in 2006. He explains his solutions for the poverty, wars, debt, family crisis, pregnancy, abortion, and more issues.
Obama possesses an impressive vocabulary, and uses it to its fullest extent in this book. His views are quite in line with my own, so I found myself agreeing with many of his ideals. I especially liked his take on debt and government's involvement in people's everyday lives. The only thing I dislike is the title. Hope is one of the core human feelings that is essential to our survival as a species. Once hope is gone, most humans wither and die (whether emotionally or physically). By stating that hope is audacious is ludicrous. Hoping is not arrogant, it is beautiful.
 

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