The Audacity Of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
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The Audacity Of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

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At the heart of The Audacity of Hope is Senator Obama's vision of how his country can move beyond its divisions to tackle concrete problems. He examines the growing economic insecurity of American families and the racial and religious tensions within the body politic, and considers the nature of threats from outside America's borders.Offering personal reflections on values and ideals that have led him to public life, some thoughts on the ways that the current political discourse unnecessarily divides people, Barack Obama offers his own best assessment - based on his experience as a senator, and lawyer, husband and father, Christian and sceptic - of ways that politics can be ground into the notion of common good.By returning to the principles that gave birth to the US Constitution, he says, Americans have a chance to 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 130 x 192 x 34mm | 281.23g
  • The Text Publishing Company
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • 1921351365
  • 9781921351365
  • 2,732,290

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'A book that...will give believers in the potential of America much heart, much hope.' * Age * `He is one of the best writers to enter modern politics.' * Newsweek * `Obama writes convincingly about race as well as the lofty place the Constitution holds in American life...He writes tenderly about family and knowingly about faith. Readers, no matter what their party affiliation, may experience the oddly uplifting sensation of comparing the everyday contemptuous view of politics that circulates so widely in our civic conversations with the practical idealism set down by this slender, smiling, 45-year-old former state legislator who is included on virtually every credible list of future presidential contenders.' * Los Angeles Times * `The first term Democratic senator from Illinois has created a voice that reaches out from the page and draws you in, just as he does in person.' * Australian Literary Review * `Barack Obama, the junior senator from Illinois and the Democratic Party's new rock star, is that rare politician who can actually write-and write movingly and genuinely about himself.' * New York Times *
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About Barack Obama

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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