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The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
Obama, Barack Hussein
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Format: Mass Market Paperbound, 448pp.
Date of publication: Jul 15 2008
Publisher: Vintage Books USA
ISBN-13: 9780307455871
Dimensions: 17.53 cm. (length) X 10.67 cm. (width) X 3.30 cm. (thickness)
Weight: 227 grams

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Author Note
BARACK OBAMA was elected President of the United States on November 4, 2008. He is the author of one previous book, the New York Times bestseller Dreams from My Father. [Edit review] [Delete review]
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The Audacity of Hope is Barack Obama's call for a new kind of politics—a politics that builds upon those shared understandings that pull us together as Americans. Lucid in his vision of America's place in the world, refreshingly candid about his family life and his time in the Senate, Obama here sets out his political convictions and inspires us to trust in the dogged optimism that has long defined us and that is our best hope going forward. [Edit review] [Delete review]
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“Barack Obama is that rare politician who can actually write—and write movingly and genuinely about himself.”
The New York Times

“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.”
Los Angeles Times

“An upbeat view of the country's potential and a political biography that concentrates on the senator's core values.”
Chicago Tribune

"He is one of the best writers to enter modern politics."
—Jonathan Alter, Newsweek.com

"What's impressive about Obama is an intelligence that his new books diplays in aubundance."
Washington Post Book World

“The self-portrait is appealing. It presents a man of relative youth yet maturity, a wise observer of the human condition, a figure who possesses... [More...] [Edit review] [Delete review]
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Prologue

It’s been almost ten years since I first ran for political office. I was thirty-five at the time, four years out of law school, recently married, and generally impatient with life. A seat in the Illinois legislature had opened up, and several friends suggested that I run, thinking that my work as a civil rights lawyer, and contacts from my days as a community organizer, would make me a viable candidate. After discussing it with my wife, I entered the race and proceeded to do what every first-time candidate does: I talked to anyone who would listen. I went to block club meetings and church socials, beauty shops and barbershops. If two guys were standing on a corner, I would cross the street to hand them campaign literature. And everywhere I went, I’d get some version of the same two questions.

“Where’d you get that funny name?”

And then: “You seem like a nice enough guy. Why do you want to go into something dirty and... [More...] [Edit review] [Delete review]
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