Monday, November 27, 2006

Reviewers Consider Obama's THE AUDACITY OF HOPE

What are reviewers saying about Barack Obama's new book THE AUDACITY OF HOPE?

Michiko Kakutani of the New York Times reassures fans of the Illinois Senator's 1995 memoir, DREAMS FROM MY FATHER, that this work retains the same candid and personable narrative voice (registration may be required):
"Reporters and politicians continually use the word authenticity to describe Mr. Obama, pointing to his ability to come across to voters as a regular person, not a prepackaged pol. And in these pages he often speaks to the reader as if he were an old friend from back in the day, salting policy recommendations with colorful asides about the absurdities of political life."
However, Kam Williams of the African American Literature Book Club is disappointed by
"this tame tome, ostensibly carefully crafted with the intent of being all things to all people, [it] unfortunately ends up reading like little more than the transparent game plan of guileful politician. He's clearly courting both Republicans and Democrats, here, by praising President Reagan as much as he does FDR." Washington Post

Check out THE AUDACITY OF HOPE: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream (Crown Publishers, 2006).

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