The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
  • The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
  • The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

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by Barack Obama

ISBN-10: 0307237702

ISBN-13: 9780307237705

Pub. Date: 11/06/2007

Publisher: Crown/Archetype

“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 pre-packaged, ready to pull off the shelf. It will have to be constructed from the best of our traditions and will have to account…  See more details below


“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 pre-packaged, 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

Before becoming the 44th President-elect of the United States, in July 2004, 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 President Obama called “the audacity of hope.”

In The Audacity of Hope, President Obama called 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 thebest-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 President 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 about family, friends, members of the Senate, even the president, is a vigorous search for connection: the foundation for a radically hopeful political consensus.

President Obama wrote a book of transforming power. Only by returning to the principles that gave birth to our Constitution, he 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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Table of Contents

Prologue     3
Republicans and Democrats     17
Values     53
Our Constitution     85
Politics     121
Opportunity     162
Faith     231
Race     269
The World Beyond Our Borders     320
Family     383
Epilogue     417
Acknowledgments     429
Index     433

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Audacity Of Hope 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 340 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely amazing. Although I disagree with some of Obama's views, he presents them in a way that requires one to reexamine their ideas and beliefs. For every argument he makes, he shows a real-world example and provides a practically flawless arguement. I am a high school senior and he writes in such a way that I understand the issues he's discussing, even if I hadn't previously deeply thought about them. This should be required reading for AP Government classes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Audacity of Hope completely reaffirmed to me why I am voting for Barack Obama for President. Brilliantly written, this book is intelligent, thought-provoking and even-keel. Barack did a fantastic job. This book is clearly written and explains what he believes and why. It completely proved to me that he has the intelligence, experience and good judgement to make the best possible 44th President of the United States.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to wonder when it became unpalatable to dream big in this nation. When did we stop believing in the power of our dreams? Yes, Obama wants what we all want for our country. But why is that a bad thing? I don't know if I believe he can fully achieve all that he talks about doing in this book, but he can definitely lay the groundwork for change. To me, that is what he is saying more so than 'I am the one who will come in and change this country.' He may not be able to change this country but I think the point is that he inspires us to want to change our country. We shouldn't let our fears and insecurities about something new stop us from wanting change as well. I found this book uplifting and it made me smile. Sorry if some think that those who support Obama aren't living in the 'real world'. But it's our very existence in this 'real world' that makes us WANT to support him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm still in high school, and this is the last election that I won't be able to vote in. As a result of Barack Obama's amazing and inspirational speeches, I've become more involved in the events of this election than ever before. I picked up this book not sure what to expect, another political nonsense book or something pure art like his first book. To my great surprise I found an outstanding, beautifully written meeting of the two. It is a book filled with the problems of our time as well as the solutions, put into the beautiful writing styles of Senator Obama. I'd recommend this book for anyone waiting for inspiration in a time when all hell seems to have broken loose.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not a book guided at one party and does not harp on any one belief to simply justify it. What it is, is an inside look at what makes this country tick. The laws, the people in charge, how it all came together and how it works. You WILL want to know more about your government after ready AUDACITY. It is the most patriotic voice today without preaching. And, I feel, that somewhere, somehow in a special place in my personage, I'm better for it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great read and a wonderful insight into SEN. Obama's thinking. This man has the ability, like that of JFK, to see all sides of an issue. While the more conservative reader may not agree with many of the changes he seeks in this book, it should please moderates and liberals. It is extremely well written and enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, so... having a socialistic dream of demolishing the American way of life and masking it with unjustified entitlements that no one can afford and people still think he is the right president for this country. He would be the ideal president of a country that is an enemy of the USA. Currently holds the record for the lowest public approval rating but wait, what he writes about is really what he wants for us? Actions speak louder than words and despite whatever he writes about in a book, the history will show what his intentions really were and are. All you two-star rating and above, how does that Cool Aid taste?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Obama= 100% talk, 0% do it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the prez who spent over a week blaming an innocent man for the tragedy of Bengazi.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very, very wordy book. The author's writing style seems to this reader to be quite superfluous, almost as if you were listening to a campaign speech. Much of what is said in the book seems to contradict his current day actions. There are however, fragments of the book that are very personal and interesting. These scraps may give the reader some insight on who the author really is, I.e. his 'real' theology as well as ideology. Very difficult to read but a MUST read no matter what your politics.
PetuniaCH More than 1 year ago
Reading this book was enlightening, touching, absorbing and down right enjoyable. When I decided to support Barack Obama for President of the United States, many people asked me why I was so certain about his ability. My response was a simple one: "I can see that he has a good heart and his intelligence is unquestionable. He is what we need." After reading this book, I can feel the goodness in his heart, and I am convinced of his ability to lead the United States back to our greatness. Audacity of Hope is one of the best non-fiction books I have ever read and certainly the best in several years.
MJPick More than 1 year ago
I drive 75 miles round trip per day, I originally purchased this book in paperback but didn't have the time to read it. I purchased the audio version and found myself listening to it over and over. This book is enlightening and provocative. The author has a geniune sense of self and the ability to make the reader believe that he too can accomplish any goal as long as he maintains focus and works hard to achieve. The reader compells you to get involved and actually be a part of the solution instead of complaining about the problems. I have his other book "Dreams of my Father" in paperback, but will pick up the audio version of it as well.
Anonymous 26 days ago
I love this book
Anonymous 4 months ago
President Obama woke me up to the truth. A truth that does not claim a specific social class, one that does not wear a party hat. A truth that is raceless, ageless, genderless and timeless. He is the face of change, real leadership, the “thousand points of light" this country needed. My respect and admiration of the President is beyond words. I look forward to reading any book he writes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I stumbled across this book one day when I was in the library. It was on the shelf, and I remember turning my head and seeing the  Obama's face on the book. Out of shook--I didn't know he wrote a book-- I started reading it and I was very surprised. President Obama  posses a very rare gift, a gift you don't see in politics these days, the ability to write candidly about himself and not seem very "assembled." In this book he talks about his endeavors as a black man growing and all the nuances associated with being black (something I am very familiar with) and how he grew up with out a father. He also wrote another book (one I highly recommend if you enjoyed this one) "Dreams From My Father: A story of race and inheritance." In this book he talks about his life growing up and how he longed to know his father. I hope you all enjoy this book, for it is a very thought provoking and good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously look at the reviews now and the reviews in 2008. He lied to us!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt agree more. Well said my friend. <p> OBAMA YOU ARE A 'BEEPIN' *pfft*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DONT THREATIN HIM! YOU ARE PROVING HIS POINT THAT CONSERVATIVES ARE RACIST. Personaly I think that he dhouldnt be killed. Impeached is ok but asadinated is not right.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very interesting and well written.
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AdaGnA More than 1 year ago
Go president!!! lovely book...very positive. God bless you 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Obama is a moron boom boom at his head
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He's gotta go. Obama is going to ruin America. He is a liar... illogical... the worst president in history... Clinton was better. At least he wasnt AS bad as Obama.