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Audacity of Hope

Posted Dec 29 2008

There isn’t anything particularly new here if you keep up with the news and have watched a fair number of his interviews. Having said that, it’s not a bad read, just not particularly insightful in a world of 24/7 media and seemingly limitless info on the internet.

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Unlike his first book, Obama’s second one focuses more on his political views than his personal life. I read this late in the game, after Obama was well on his way to the Democratic nomination. As such, there isn’t anything particularly new here if you keep up with the news and have watched a fair number of his interviews. Having said that, it’s not a bad read, just not particularly insightful in a world of 24/7 media and seemingly limitless info on the internet. It definitely would’ve made more of an impact if read when it first came out.

It’s hardly a stretch to say that this book was written to help support Obama’s presidential run, and he makes a compelling argument. While left of center in his views, he does a good job criticizing various policy failings without resorting to personal attacks on the Bush administration, although there is an air of political correctness in his styling. If you’re a casual reader of politics like me, there are plenty of newer texts and information sources, including Obama speaking for himself. Still, it’s handy to have his views in a centralized place.

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