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The Audacity of Hope, thoughts on reclaiming the american dream. CD-ROM – 2008

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  • CD-ROM: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate (2008)
  • ASIN: B001LZHTZ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,121,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barack Obama was elected President of the United States on November 4, 2008. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream.

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Review "* 'You can sense instinctively why Obama invites devotion.' - Peter Preston, Observer * '...offers readers on this side of the Atlantic a window not just into the mind of one of America's most exciting politicians, but into the political landscope of the post-Bush era...' - David Lammy, Guardian * 'At a time when America's standing in the world has sunk to unprecedented depths... his book aims at a missile of decency at the White House.' - Nicolas Shakespeare, THIS BOOK IS ON A CD IN PDF FORMAT WHICH ALLOWS YOU TO READ IT AND DO THE FOLLOWING ON ANY COMPUTER OR LAPTOP. BOOKMARK. UNDERLINE. ATTACH NOTES. ETC ETC. WHY CARRY BOOKS AROUND WITH YOU WHEN YOU CAN CARRY A SINGLE CD? HAVE THIS BOOK ON YOUR PC WHILST YOU WORK OR RELAX. READ ON THE GO. ALL YOU NEED IS A PC/LAPTOP AND YOUR PDF DIGITAL BOOK ON CD!!! Telegraph * 'It conveys a rare frankness and humility. The Audacity of Hope is light years ahead of his rivals' - Mary Fitzgerald, New Statesman"

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161 of 170 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas J. R. Dougan VINE VOICE on 14 Sept. 2008
Format: Paperback
This is the first book by an aspirant politician, indeed the first political manifesto, (for that is what it is) that I have read cover to cover. (Perhaps, it occurs to me, I should read some of the works by serving British politicians, too, and not just rely on commentaries by journalists?) I bought the book the day after Barack Obama slipped up re-using the "lipstick on a pig" cliché, when, for the first time, McCain and Palin seemed to have achieved a significant lead in the polls.

Obama wrote this book to update his life story, including how he came to be elected senator for Illinois (he completed his first book "Dreams of my father" some ten years earlier), to offer an analysis of how modern American political life has become so polarised, but above all to state his personal and political principles. It would be easy to be cynical: his principles turn out to offer something to everyone, but this is the prerogative and the stategy of the political centrist. Economically, his liberalism demonstrates why Milton Friedman and others were forced to rebrand themselves as libertarians. He seems well versed in the pros and cons of state intervention, and clearly believes in the value of Keynsian-style state intervention, lamenting the breakdown of the New Deal consensus in the 1970s and 1980s. He does, however, go on record as recognising some of the limits of government. While he offers few concrete proposals as to what should be done, the reader does get the impression that this is a man who is aware of major issues and has thought them through in depth. Sadly but unsurprisingly he has not come up with any new solution to the problem that globalisation presents to American manufacturing and the American working class.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav TOP 50 REVIEWER on 14 Dec. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I didn't read first Barrack Obama's book, but with this one he was able to avoid placing it any particular niche, partly it's his personal history, philosophical discussion, partly policy manifesto with finally, some history lessons.

Book was published in 2008 during his presidential campaign and due to that was dismissed by many people as additional campaign tool.

Nevertheless was it or not, "Audacity of Hope" is intelligent and thoughtful book, worth reading for the reasonableness of author's ideas and the grace of his literary style. It is obvious he has a clear opinion about lot of problems in our world and whether we as readers agree to his ideas and recommended solutions, we should be thinking about them.

Because of his background and different childhood than most of US politicians, author had a chance to see the world with the different eyes. His father from Kenya and mother from US divorced when he was three years old and he grew up with his mother and stepfather in Born in Hawaii and Indonesia. When he was ten years old, he was sent back to US, to live with his grandparents.

Due to his natural interest in racial and social-political issues, after law school he ended in politics, first eight years as the Illinois state senator and afterwards elected as US Senator in 2004. Due to his role of keynote speaker for the 2004 Democrats convention, he became famous and in 2008 he was elected as 44th US president, and 2012 reelected for the second time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Iyke Ozemena on 28 April 2011
Format: Hardcover
AUDACITY OF HOPE was based on Obama's speech during Democratic National Congress 2004 in Boston wherein he expressed uncertainty about the hope of minorities for a change of poor health crises and the yearnings of young Americans to live upto the American dreams.

In a 9-chapter book he began with a prologue featuring his adventure into the murky waters of politics. Although it was a familiar terrain having been Community Organiser and Law School Lecturer, the task of winning election into state congress was nonetheless daunting.

Chapter 1 featured author's rejection of the traditional political rancor between republicans and Democrats as a way of life and proposed a middle ground politics that would be inclusive of minorities.

In chapter 2 he wrote about values. He called for a return to politics that inculcates ideas and valued that would bridge the division of citizens along race, colour and social class using compromise and collaboration.

He used chapter to expose his scholarship in constitution law and his unique experience in the few weeks of becoming a senator in Washington; and compared the knowledge with those ald establishment law-makers. He finally recommended a flexible approach to the interpretation that would rensder it relevant to future changes.

Chapter 4 discusses the issue of sponsorship in Ameican politics which the author called for a shift from the present position where sponsors take for guaranted that a sponsored legislator supports their bidding or project hook, line and sinker to a more realistic position where sponsored legislator can become critical of sponsors interest in a bill.

Chapter 5 considered the evolution of US economy and found that the poor, oppressed and marginlaised felt disappointed.
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