The Audacity of Hope

The Audacity of Hope

Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

eBook - 2006
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Barack Obama’s lucid vision of America’s place in the world and call for a new kind of politics that builds upon our shared understandings as Americans, based on his years in the Senate
“In our lowdown, dispiriting era, Obama’s talent for proposing humane, sensible solutions with uplifting, elegant prose does fill one with hope.”—Michael Kazin, The Washington Post
In July 2004, four years before his presidency, 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 Obama called “the audacity of hope.”
The Audacity of Hope is Barack Obama’s call for a different brand of politics—a 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 forces—from the fear of losing to the perpetual need to raise money to the power of the media—that 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 Barack Obama’s 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 threats—from terrorism to pandemic—that gather beyond our shores. And he grapples with the role that faith plays in a democracy—where it is vital and where it must never intrude. Underlying his stories is a vigorous search for connection: the foundation for a radically hopeful political consensus.
Only by returning to the principles that gave birth to our Constitution, Obama 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 writes—“waiting for Republicans and Democrats to catch up with them.”


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Jan 16, 2021

I can't even imagine reading a book by such a useless person.

Sep 24, 2020

The Dem's latest star reflects on DC politics with wit and humor, resurrecting the vision of our forefathers from the ashes of Washington's latest folly.

Jun 06, 2019

Excellent book! Barack Obama has an excellent point of view and incredible ideas. His point of view is one worth listening to or reading. The audiobook is read by Barack.

Apr 23, 2019

I listened to the audio-book/CD format of this book included in "The Essential Barack Obama" two book set (also including "Dreams From My Father") both read by the author.

In "Audacity of Hope" the reader is given a thorough overview of Obama's political and policy views on a wide array of issues and national concerns. Not only does Obama give his views but he offers possible solutions . In the process, one is given an insightful look at how his mind works on these things and what, as well as why, certain issues are important to him.

Jan 23, 2019

The greatest president in my lifetime.

Nov 06, 2017

I read this before the first election. He tries really hard to make himself out to be a centrist.

Mar 30, 2017

This is a great book if you enjoy learning about politics and history. Barack is a very gifted writer and his passion and education clearly show throughout the book. This is less a biography of him, and more a stance on his passionate views on the future of this nation. The biggest takeaway from this book for me was just how well-balanced he was as a senator and eventually President.

esther_12031211 Aug 18, 2013

This is one of my favorite presidents so I had to read this and its really good he goes into what he knows and believes. Barack Obama is a logical man.

msquietchatty Mar 16, 2013

Only an idiot can say they didn't read a word from the book yet they hate it

aaa5756 Nov 07, 2012

A very good read. I enjoyed this book I would recommend this book for all to read.

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Sep 24, 2020

The Democrats have a star in Barack Obama, as is reflected in his book THE AUDACITY OF HOPE (Crown, $25.00). Within its pages, the junior senator from Illinois reflects on DC politics with wit and humor, offering a vision forward far different than the muddled policies of the Bush administration. Through hope - and up-righted domestic policy - he reasons, we can reclaim the American Dream for ourselves.


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Sep 24, 2020

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