Is Barack Obama the last liberal president? In I Am the Change, Charles Kesler, a leading conservative scholar, educator, and journalist, offers a sophisticated analysis of the president’s political thought, based on Obama’s own words and writings, to demonstrate that he represents either a new birth of liberalism…or its demise. Kesler’s writing is a potent mixture of philosophy, journalism, psychology, and history—seasoned with a delightful, razor-sharp wit—as he takes a greatly underestimated chief executive seriously and explores American liberalism in crisis.
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About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
"The elementary point about a quasi-Hegelian dialectic like this was that the synthesis, which nullified, incorporated. and transcended the thesis and the anti-thesis was something altogether different from either of them" This is an actual sentence from the book. There is some good and useful information here, but you first have to get through way too many sentences like this. In other words another scholar who has trouble communicating in a straight forward fashion.