Now Reading – The Audacity of Hope


Today, I begin my third book of the year, President Obama’s The Audacity of Hope.  This book is one of the books I put on my goals to read this year.  I checked this book out from the library.  My intent is to learn more about the basis of the President’s thoughts on everyday political issues, in the hope that I’ll understand his politics and policies a bit more than I do.

I checked out the hardcover version of his book, and here’s what the inside cover has to say:

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 democracy-where it is vital and where it must never intrude.  Underlying his stories about family, friends, members of the Senate, and 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.”

I’m looking forward to reading this book.  If you’ve read the book, please feel free to leave your thoughts!

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About Jeremy

Husband, book lover, Civil War Buff. If I could read for a living I would, but unfortunately, it doesn't pay the bills!

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