If Barack Obama is successful in his quest to become President of the United States, he will dramatically change the face that his country presents to the world. This book discusses the importance of empathy in politics, his hopes for a different America with different policies, and how the ideals of its democracy can be renewed.
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Customer Reviews for The Audacity of Hope
Review 1 for The Audacity of Hope
Danny Smith, WATERSTONE'S ORPINGTON
18 November 2008
I bought this when Obama was on the brink of his historic victory over McCain, anxious to see what kind of a person would be the next leader of the free world. Admittedly, compared to Obama, my views are probably a little more conservative, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised.Obama takes certain themes- eg. family, virtues, Republicans and Democrats- as headers for his chapters, and writes on this issues with clarity and honesty, including his personal thoughts and experiences regarding each of them. His chapter on the US Constitution is a particular gem, and will restore your faith in democracy.The author paints a picture of himself as a family man above all- his wife and children will always prove more important than the Senate, baseball, or law. He is humorous, and yet at times pensive and melancholy, but always trusting of human nature and his faith in God.I still don't agree with some of what Obama says, but I now know why he has arrived at the conclusions he has, and can appreciate his reasoning. Furthermore, his hope in the future for America and its role in the world is laudable, and by the end of this book, I certainly felt I had a deeper understanding of where he intends to push the USA over the next four years.Beautifully written.
Review 2 for The Audacity of Hope
Steve Gane, WATERSTONE'S CARMARTHEN
12 October 2008
Whatever you think about American politics, this is a fascinating book from a fascinating man. Refreshingly honest, it's perfect for anyone with an interest in current affairs.
Review 3 for The Audacity of Hope
Corey Mwamba, WATERSTONE'S DERBY
25 July 2008
By Novemeber the USA could well wake up to its first black president but it is not just that that makes the man a fascinating study, as this cogent book on his policies clearly shows.
Review 4 for The Audacity of Hope
Gemma Louise Sutherland, WATERSTONE'S KNUTSFORD
25 May 2008
A rare book: half manifesto, half autobiography.However, whats even rarer is a politician with integrity and such unaffected morality.Welcome to the new face of politics!
Review 5 for The Audacity of Hope
David Underwood, WATERSTONE'S BURTON-ON-TRENT
20 April 2008
Obama is the politician of the moment in the United States. Is ahead of Hillary Clinton in the race to become the Democratic candidate for the 2008 presidential election -- which is something that no one thought would happen. This time last year, the nomination was Senator Clinton's for the asking. The rise of Obama to prominence has been magnificent and stellar, an achievement unrivalled in the post-Kennedy era.In this book, Senator Obama outlines his hopes and dreams for America's future and its place in the modern world. While he hopes to be the President of the United States, it is clear that Obama has an understanding of the fact that the U.S. exists not in a vacuum, but as part of the global community and that it is responsible for many of the problems that we are faced with today.It would be easy to assume that this book is aimed at the American electorate and of no interest here. This is most definitely not the case. Obama speaks to the world as a whole and invites them to share in his audactious hopefulness. With this man poised at the edge of becoming the next American President, can we really afford not to take a look at his dreams of the future?In "The Audacity of Hope" lies the capacity to dream.