The Essential Barack Obama: The Grammy Award-Winning Recordings

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A CD collection featuring the best-selling audiobooks, The Audacity of Hope and Dreams from My Father from Grammy® award-winning author, Barack Obama.

The Audacity of Hope

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 ...

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Overview

A CD collection featuring the best-selling audiobooks, The Audacity of Hope and Dreams from My Father from Grammy® award-winning author, Barack Obama.

The Audacity of Hope

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 Senator Obama called “the audacity of hope.”

Now, in The Audacity of Hope, Senator Obama 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 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 the best-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 Senator 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.

A senator and a lawyer, a professor and a father, a Christian and a skeptic, and above all a student of history and human nature, Senator Obama has written 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.”

Dreams from My Father
In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father—a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man—has been killed in a car accident. This sudden death inspires an emotional odyssey—first to a small town in Kansas, from which he retraces the migration of his mother’s family to Hawaii, and then to Kenya, where he meets the African side of his family, confronts the bitter truth of his father’s life, and at last reconciles his divided inheritance.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739375945
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/10/2008
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.05 (w) x 5.89 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Barack Obama is the junior U.S. senator from Illinois and the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream and Dreams from My Father. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Michelle, and two daughters, Malia and Sasha.
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  • Posted March 14, 2009

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    Never in our history,has a man like Barak Obama come along.

    Refreshing. He is like fresh air! Follow Mr. Obama as he recounts the events in his life, the decisions, and influences that made him into the man he is today. Candid and sincere, he reveals his personal experiences, sometimes trying to uncover a struggle-and maybe wasn't successful-or to illustrate some belief that has become important to him.
    Expressed in his usual-not humble or proud-but just no-nonsense kind of way, gives me the feeling as I listened to him, as though we had just bumped into each-other, and he's catching me up on what's going on in his life.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

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    The Obama story is quite compelling.

    The story of Pesident's Obama's life is extremely encouraging and inspiring to young and old citizens alike. His life truly embodies the elements of an American triumphant tale. The odds were not in his favor, yet through the his diligence and the perserverance of his mother and grandparents, he accomplished his educational and professional goals. Consequently, Mr. Obama has become a national treasure because of his ability to inspire and evoke a desire for betterment and change in us all.

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  • Posted October 16, 2008

    A Brilliant Collections by a Brilliant Writer

    Barack Obama movingly tell his stories of struggle, accomplishments and hope for America.

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