I Am the Change: Barack Obama and the Future of Liberalism

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Who is Barack Obama? Even after his reelection, many Americans wonder what he really believes. Charles R. Kesler argues that both liberals and conservatives underestimate the scope of Obama's political ambition and the long-term stakes for which he is playing.

I Am the Change tries to understand Obama as he understands himself, based largely on his own writings, speeches, and interviews. Kesler, a leading conservative scholar, educator, and journalist, takes Obama seriously as ...

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Overview

Who is Barack Obama? Even after his reelection, many Americans wonder what he really believes. Charles R. Kesler argues that both liberals and conservatives underestimate the scope of Obama's political ambition and the long-term stakes for which he is playing.

I Am the Change tries to understand Obama as he understands himself, based largely on his own writings, speeches, and interviews. Kesler, a leading conservative scholar, educator, and journalist, takes Obama seriously as an intelligent and thoughtful progressive who is intent on reinvigorating the liberal faith and leading it to a new political preeminence—but who fails to understand the contradictions and crises, both fiscal and philosophical, toward which he is rushing.

Will Obama save liberalism and become its fourth great incarnation, following Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson? Or will the movement be derailed by his very successes? These are the questions at the heart of Kesler's indispensable guide to the past, and the future, of American liberalism.

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Editorial Reviews

Wall Street Journal
“Drawing on his wide reading in philosophy and American political thought, Mr. Kesler argues that Mr. Obama has been shaped by the political tradition of Progressivism and that his 2008 triumph has helped, in turn, to reshape it.”
Washington Times
“Politically timely and of permanent importance to the study of the American mind. A serious but accessible study of the thinking underpinning the modern liberal project…This is a title - and an author - with a long shelf life and much to teach.”
George Will
“Obama has earned what he now receives, the tribute of a serious intellectual exegesis by a distinguished political philosopher.”
Ramesh Ponnuru
“Kesler is the reader for whom Obama has long been asking, in the sense of ‘asking for it’, and this book is the examination of the One we’ve been waiting for.”
Washington Times
“Politically timely and of permanent importance to the study of the American mind. A serious but accessible study of the thinking underpinning the modern liberal project…This is a title - and an author - with a long shelf life and much to teach.”
Wall Street Journal
“Drawing on his wide reading in philosophy and American political thought, Mr. Kesler argues that Mr. Obama has been shaped by the political tradition of Progressivism and that his 2008 triumph has helped, in turn, to reshape it.”
George Will
“Obama has earned what he now receives, the tribute of a serious intellectual exegesis by a distinguished political philosopher.”
Ramesh Ponnuru
“Kesler is the reader for whom Obama has long been asking, in the sense of ‘asking for it’, and this book is the examination of the One we’ve been waiting for.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062073020
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 526,673
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles R. Kesler is the Dengler-Dykema Distinguished Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College and the editor of the Claremont Review of Books. He is a senior fellow of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy, and the coeditor, with William F. Buckley, Jr., of Keeping the Tablets: Modern American Conservative Thought.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2012

    As timely now as prior to the November 2012 election

    For the Political Science and History buff, Kesler has written an excellent little history of the Progessive movement in the United States. It is not, however, "light" reading. If you're interested in understanding what Presidents Wilson, FDR, Johnson, and now Obama have been up to...this book will provide some great insight. Unfortunately, as much as I wish for Kesler's conclusion about the fate of Liberalism, he does not provide the detail necessary to instill much confidence.

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