As his presidency draws to a close it’s heartbreaking to hear this great and classy man speak about his hopes and ideals, knowing that a certain bulldozer is going to trumple all over what this honourable man has achieved.
But there never has been a better time to listen to this
informative, insightful and inspiring book.
Obama reminds us of the greatness we have in ourselves, takes position for a better version of ourselves, encourages us to look at the bigger picture and do what’s right.
In face of the backset for humanitarian and liberal values in recent elections, in face of adversity and difficult times ahead, it is comforting to listen to someone rational and sensible.
I found the man and this book utterly inspiring. It takes audacity to hope but it is worth it. Without hope, what can there be?
In July 2004, Barack Obama electrified the Democratic National Convention with an address that spoke to Americans across the political spectrum. Now, in The Audacity of Hope, he calls 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 also speaks, 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 audiobook is Obama’s vision of how we can move beyond our divisions to tackle concrete problems. Underlying his stories about family, friends, members of the Senate, and even the president is a vigorous search for connection: the foundation for a radically hopeful political consensus.
A president and a lawyer, a professor and a father, a Christian and a skeptic, and above all a student of history and human nature, Barak Obama has written a book of transforming power.
©2006 Barack Obama; (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
What the Critics Say
“Never has such a powerful figure told us so much so eloquently.” (The Times)