The Audacity of Hope

The Audacity of Hope

Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

Audiobook CD - 2006
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"A government that truly represents these Americans—that truly serves these Americans—will require a different kind of politics. That politics will need to reflect our lives as they are actually lived. It won’t be prepackaged, ready to pull off the shelf. It will have to be constructed from the best of our traditions and will have to account for the darker aspects of our past. We will need to understand just how we got to this place, this land of warring factions and tribal hatreds. And we’ll need to remind ourselves, despite all our differences, just how much we share: common hopes, common dreams, a bond that will not break. —from The Audacity of Hope. Echoing themes he sounded in his extraordinary keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, Senator Barack Obama speaks in this book to Americans of all stripes who are weary of the smallness of U.S.politics today, and who long for something rooted in the faith and decency of the American Dream. In The Audacity of Hope he draws on his experience as a senator and lawyer, a professor and father, a Christian and a skeptic, to illuminate the greatness of America’s original ideals—and to remind us how vital it is to keep them before us. Along the way he explores such charged topics as globalization, the notion of American exceptionalism, the function of religion in public life, and the struggle to find a shared language in a nation torn by differences. While sharing his personal views on family, faith, and values, he argues that our very survival depends on finding common ground. Pundits and voters alike have hailed Senator Obama as a man of uncommon vision in an age of partisan opportunism. The Audacity of Hope is a book of transforming power, a foundation for those who long for a politics that acknowledges the nobility and complexity of our lives."--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, p2006
Edition: Abridged
Branch Call Number: COMPACT DISC 973.931 O12a
Characteristics: 5 compact sound discs (6 hrs.) : digital ; 12 cm
Additional Contributors: Random House Audio Publishing

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bnotash70 Feb 26, 2013

Learned a lot about the history of our government from this, in addition to Obama's thoughts

ericjkline May 16, 2011

This is a pretty good synopsis of politics in America over the past two generations, from a Democrats point of view. It's interesting to hear a few years into Obama's presidency, since he is essentially trying to carry out exactly what he stated in this book. To liberals complaining that Obama is not liberal enough, it was all in the book. Conservatives will hate him, even if he turns into Reagan.

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