The Audacity of Hope - Barack Obama

The Audacity of Hope

By Barack Obama

  • Release Date: 2006-10-17
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
From 181 Ratings


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 Obama called “the audacity of hope.”

The Audacity of Hope is Barack Obama’s call 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 Barack 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 a democracy—where it is vital and where it must never intrude. Underlying his stories about family, friends, and members of the Senate is a vigorous search for connection: the foundation for a radically hopeful political consensus.

A public servant and a lawyer, a professor and a father, a Christian and a skeptic, and above all a student of history and human nature, Barack 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.”


  • Understanding Faith and Works

    By Sidney Scott Jr.
    Reading this book help understand the driving force behind the President and how he translated his faith into action
  • A Must Read

    By starkiller15
    The Audacity of Hope is my favorite book ever written. It is my go to when I'm looking for inspiration or relaxation. The context of this book really parallels the situation America is in today. I hope that Obama's next book is just as good!
  • Boring and overhyped

    By Veritè
    If you're into rhetorics then this book might be suitable for you.
  • The Audacity of Hope

    By Mbouo
  • Interesting

    By This is a very terrible app...
    I love the amount of partisan views when they haven't read through the book. Shows their intelligence. I read portions of this book and I have to say this is pretty intelligent and interesting.
  • Confusing hypocritical stances:

    A euphemism for "I don't understand a word he says, but I hate him anyways"
  • Community Organizer

    By Tantafran
    We may in the future see that the qualities of a community organize better suite the job of POTUS than does a lawyer, general, Wall Street venture capitalist, or professional political animal
  • socialism Nut job

    By FsuGarnetGold
    why would anyone buy this
  • A+ must read

    By Florence Thurston
    If you haven't yet read this book all Americans ought to read this book.
  • The Audacity of Hope

    By AmericanSniperRIP
    This book offers great insight into the mind of a strong willed, intelligent and compassionate politician. I only wish we had more like him on Capitol Hill.