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Barack Obama's The Audacity of Hope A Book Review
The Audacity of Hope is a paperback book of 375 pages published in 2006 dedicated to the women who raised President Barack Obama. These women are his maternal grandmother TuTu and his mother who as President Obama writes "loving spirit sustains me still."
The Audacity of Hope is a well written book copyrighted and written by President Barack Obama himself concerned for the most part with his rise in the public sector from State Senator of Illinois to the floors of Congress in Washington D.C. The book is written in prose as eloquent as his campaign and inaugural speeches with frequent inferences to American forefathers, most notable President Abraham Lincoln. There is little information in The Audacity of Hope of his immediate family, Michelle, Malia and Sasha Obama, President Obama's wife and two daughters respectively. He does mention them casually as he chronologically leads the reader to the rise of his public career. President Obama writes of examining furniture in the Senate and then veer in deep intellectual historical references to what the forefathers must have thought as they produced legislature or signed treaties in that particular desk or in that particular chair. President Barack Obama gives the reader in depth factual details of the political climate of America during that period in history to his thoughts of President Bush. Reading The Audacity of Hope is like reading a history book and the reader may be looking for personal references to find out what is the Audacity of Hope all about. The reader finds himself putting together for himself President Obama's rise in politics from the smidgen of personal writing about the young lad running barefoot in the fields of Indonesia; working as a community organizer in Harlem New York and then Southside Chicago to a Professor of Constitutional Law and then to United States Senator. The reader also finds himself looking for the connection of the book The Audacity of Hope as a reflecting of President Obama's amazement at the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. being so entwined within the bustling city. The reader, however, will have to match the pieces of the puzzle himself to find out exactly what was President Obama hoping for at the time of the publishing of The Audacity of Hope in 2006. If The Audacity of Hope was written to explain President Barack Obama's views on race, religion, running a campaign or meeting Senator Byrd of West Virginia for the first time, then the book did not miss its mark. President Barack Obama also wrote about the ethics of running a campaign which can be quite educational for someone seeking to run for public office. But if the reader was reading President Barack Obama's The Audacity of Hope to discover the substance of the first African American to be elected to the nation's highest office, the reader should open another book and turn the pages of Barack Obama's previous bestselling bookstore masterpiece, Dreams from My Father.