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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Crown Pub
Publication date October 10, 2006
Pages 375
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780307237699
ISBN-10 0307237699
Dimensions 1.75 by 6.75 by 9.50 in.
Weight 1.45 lbs.
Original list price $25.00
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
The junior U.S. senator from Illinois speaks out to all Americans on how to transform U.S. politics, calling for a return to America's original ideals and revealing how they can be adapted to such controversial issues as globalization, the function of religion in public life, and the struggle to bring people together in a nation torn by differences. 250,000 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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.”

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Hardcover
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from Canongate Books Ltd (May 10, 2007)
9781847670359 | details & prices | 384 pages | 5.50 × 8.75 × 1.50 in. | 1.15 lbs | List price $26.40
This edition also contains The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
About: Discusses the importance of empathy in politics.
Large print edition from Random House Large Print (November 7, 2006)
9780739326657 | details & prices | 594 pages | 6.25 × 9.75 × 1.75 in. | 1.75 lbs | List price $27.95
About: The junior senator from Illinois discusses how to transform U.
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from Crown Pub (October 10, 2006)
9780307237699 | details & prices | 375 pages | 6.75 × 9.50 × 1.75 in. | 1.45 lbs | List price $25.00
About: The junior senator from Illinois discusses how to transform U.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Vintage Books (July 15, 2008)
9780307455871 | details & prices | 448 pages | 4.00 × 7.00 × 1.25 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $7.99
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About: 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.
Large print edition from Random House Large Print (April 29, 2008)
9780739328187 | details & prices | 593 pages | 6.00 × 9.25 × 1.25 in. | 1.30 lbs | List price $25.00
This edition also contains The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
About: In July 2004, Barack Obama electrified the Democratic National Convention with an address that spoke to Americans across the political spectrum.
Reprint edition from Broadway Books (November 6, 2007)
9780307237705 | details & prices | 375 pages | 5.50 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $14.95
About: The junior senator from Illinois discusses how to transform U.
Miscellaneous
from Crown Pub (October 17, 2006)
9780307382092 | details & prices | 320 pages | List price $14.95
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