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 (author) President Barack Obama

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  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 110mm x 174mm x 28mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
  • ISBN 10: 1847673503
  • ISBN 13: 9781847673503
  • Edition statement: Export
  • Sales rank: 508,717

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Barack Obama's success in becoming President-Elect of the United States means he will dramatically change the face that his country presents to the world. In this bestselling book Obama 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. With intimacy and self-deprecating humour, Obama describes his experiences as a politician, about balancing his family life and his public vocation. His search for consensus and his respect for the democratic process inform every sentence. A senator and a lawyer, a professor and a father,a Christian and a sceptic, Barack Obama has written a book of transforming power that will inspire people the world over.

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Barack Obama was born in Honolulu in 1961. In his early twenties he found his vocation working among poor communities on the south side of Chicago. Later he went to law school at Harvard University, where he became the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. In 1995 he published his memoir Dreams from My Father, which became a bestseller soon after it was reissued in 2004. After returning to Chicago, he was elected to the Illinois State Senate in 1996. Barack Obama delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, and later that year he was elected to the US Senate. His second book, The Audacity of Hope, was published in 2006 and became an immediate bestseller. In November 2008 Senator Obama beat John McCain to become the 44th President of the United States of America. He is married to Michelle, with whom he has two daughters, Sasha and Malia.

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* You can sense instinctively why Obama invites devotion. -- Peter Preston Observer * ...offers readers on this side of the Atlantic a window not just into the mind of one of America's most exciting politicians, but into the political landscope of the post-Bush era ... -- David Lammy Guardian * At a time when America's standing in the world has sunk to unprecedented depths... his book aims at a missile of decency at the White House. -- Nicolas Shakespeare Telegraph * It conveys a rare frankness and humility. The Audacity of Hope is light years ahead of his rivals -- Mary Fitzgerald New Statesman * ...a model of how a political book for a mass market ought to be written. Guardian * An essential book for anyone who would like to know about what the man, who could well be the next president of the United States, in thinking. -- Alice Oswald Insight