An American Story: The Speeches of Barack Obama - A Primer

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ECW Press, Dec 15, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 355 pages
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Barack Obamas superb and captivating oratory style has earned him comparisons to John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, and this collection of his complete speechespresented for the first time in their entiretyexposes politicos, voters, and fans of Obama to the words that have catapulted his remarkable rise from underdog to future U.S. president. First capturing Americas attention with his keynote address to the Democratic National Convention in 2004, all of Obamas key speeches are presented as he discusses themes of race, identity, community, and above all, his hoped-for vision of a new America. Interspersed throughout the collection, political columnist David Olive reveals lesser-known stories and facts about Obama, his career, and the campaign trail, while also exploring the controversiesfrom his shedding of his American flag lapel pin and the remarks made by Reverend Wright to his anti-war stance, his strong Christian faith, and his often racially charged remarks. This book is truly a primer for readers who want to examine the substance of his thought and reflect on the inspiring words of a gifted orator.
 

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Twenty-one of Barack Obama’s most popular speeches are included in this book. Among them is the speech that he made at the 2004 Democratic National Convention where most Americans heard of him and ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Politics of HOPE REALITY
BARACK OBAMA on the Major Issues
MICHELLE OBAMA The Achiever
A note on BARACK OBAMAs Oratorical Style and its Impact
SPEECHES
IRAQ WAR
COMPASSION
RESOLVING IRAQ
HEALTH CARE
TERRORISM
THE GOLDEN RULE
POLITICAL REFORM
RACE IN AMERICA
FOREIGN POLICY

NATIONAL UNITY
PROSPERITY AND FAIRNESS
EDUCATION REFORM
LITERACY
VETERANS
A CARING SOCIETY
GLOBAL WARMING
RELIGION AND POLITICS
STEM CELL RESEARCH
ECONOMIC RENEWAL
NOBILITY OF PUBLIC SERVICE
PATRIOTISM
VICTORY SPEECH
INAUGURAL ADDRESS
AN OBAMA PRIMER
INTERNET RESOURCES
BIBLIOGRAPHY AND SELECTED READING
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David Olive is the author of 10 previous books, including More Political Babble: The Dumbest Things Politicians Ever Said, and an award-winning journalist whose business articles, news reporting, and reviews have been published widely. Currently a business columnist at the Toronto Star, he has been the editor-in-chief of Report on Business Magazine, as well as a senior writer at the Financial Post and the National Post. He is a frequent speaker on business topics, notably corporate leadership, economics, and business ethics, and a lecturer in journalism. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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