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Title:The Audacity of Hope
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The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream by Barack Obama

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Well written book. I am not a fan of BO by any means but this book was well written. I find many of his conclusions about how American can do better to be unrealistic and perfectly in line with his ultra-liberal mindset. He lays out his agenda for all to see and when it comes time for him to implement it he does what he criticizes by acting unilaterally without consent or thought of those in the minority. I found that a lot of his "principles" to be very superficial and one can only hope that was just the writing but his actions now as president prove that he just is what the book portrays him to be. ( )
  gopfolk | Aug 8, 2014 |
La Audacia de la Esperanzan es un libro que me gusto mucho. En él se encuentra un camino bien trillado sobre lo que se está hablando, es como un paso a paso a través de los capítulos que se van leyendo, y cada uno de ellos es interesante en sí mismos, unos muy cerca de la vida personal de Obama, su madre y su relación con sus abuelos, su vida en Hawái e Indonesia, su vida en Chicago en su trabajo social, su vida religiosa, su familia, y sobre todo su relación intrínseca con la política de su país.

De este libro, encontré grandes audacias, una de ellas la mayor que encontré en los planteamientos del Sr. Obama, sobre la restauración del sueño americano, son la educación y la flexibilidad de arreglar los horarios de trabajo de los padres trabajadores, y en sí mismo, la educación temprana y la salud general.

En mi persona siempre habrá una defensa por los niños, niñas y adolescentes puesto que creo en ellos ser el gran futuro del mañana solo si ponemos suficiente atención en ellos en el hoy, a raíz de eso siempre apoyare todo aquello que valla en beneficio de ellos.
En las últimas páginas del libro encontré el planteamiento muy maravilloso, que es directamente proporcional a los niños, niñas y adolescentes.

Obama plantea que en la sociedad americana los padres trabajadores puedan hacer arreglos con las empresas donde trabajan para que los padres trabajadores puedan reorganizar sus horarios para atender una emergencia de familia sin que eso suponga que puedan perder el empleo que tienen. Muchos de los padres que tratan de encajar sus horarios a la flexibilidad que necesitan, pero eso supone que los empleadores luego traten mal a los padres trabajadores o hasta que puedan perder sus empleos o los paquetes de beneficios por ser empleados.

A mi entender, puesto que Obama y Michell gracias a su estatus podían un día de su trabajo ausentarse para asistir una urgencia de familia o simplemente tomarse en familia un día especial para compartir, lo hizo reflexionar con la idea de que sería grandioso todas o la mayoría de las familias americanas pudiesen disfrutar de lo mismo, sin que eso implicase que el empleador se deshaga de ellos. Visto esto, entiendo que es para beneficio directo para los tantos niños y niñas y adolescentes que se están criando con los televisores o pasando largas horas solos y solas en casa o criados por otras personas; perdiéndose los padres de los mejores momentos de las vidas de sus hijos e hijas.

Es curioso saber que en Estados Unidos es prácticamente la única nación occidental que no ofrece servicios de guardería diurna de alta calidad subvencionado por el gobierno a los trabajadores. Obama busca que en las familias americanas haya más tiempo para que los padres trabajadores puedan disfrutar más de sus hijos e hijas, para que los valores familiares vuelvan a reinar. Entonces el sugiere el establecer políticas que hagan combinar el trabajo y el ser padres, sea más sencillo hoy en día. El plantea que podrían hacer que las guarderías sean más exequibles para todas las familias que la necesiten, mejorar el sistema de las guarderías, y ofrecer subsidios según el nivel de ingresos que la familia en cuestión posea, para de esa manera darles a las familias pobres y muy pobres tranquilidad durante el día y beneficiar también a los dueños de las empresas. En ese mismo orden plantea el rediseñar las escuelas para prepara a los niños y niñas para un mundo más competitivo cada día.

Obama defiende grandemente lo que muchos estudios han determinado sobre los beneficios de los programas de preescolar que son altamente eficientes, que estos se activen, además que se amplíen las horas que los niños y niñas pasan en las escuelas y así como en las actividades extra escolares para un mayor desarrollo integral de los mismos. Que los niños y niñas pasen más tiempo en las escuelas para que allá mismo ellos puedan hacer las tareas y obtener el apoyo necesario con las mismas así como con los proyectos científicos. Todo eso permitiría que cuando los niños y niñas lleguen a casa tengan todo el resto del tiempo para compartir y jugar con sus padres.

En mi humilde opinión lo creo viable, yo viviría en ese sistema de ser posible; aun mas yo sugiero que las guarderías que se empiecen a desarrollar puedan estar en las mismas empresas o muy cercas de las empresas para que los padres estén aun más cerca de los hijos e hijas. Con eso los podrán dejar en el mismo camino del trabajo, sin pagar por transporte extra, o sin tener que dar vueltas hacia otros lugares, haciendo más largo el trayecto de conducir, lo que terminaría cansando mas a los padres y madres dejándolos estresados, con esa pequeña medida, hasta menos dióxido de carbono se producirá porque se reducirá el tiempo de transporte en los carros.

La segunda audacia que me impacto es la reforma del sistema de salud para todos los americanos, en esto no internalizare, solo diré que creo justo que todos los ciudadanos de un país tengan acceso a la salud digna a una atención medica que les garantice un buen cuidado a pobres, muy pobres, clase media, (clase alta y los muy ricos, -total ellos no tienen que preocuparse por eso-).

Tercera audacia, y bastante controversial en estos tiempos, el uso de energía limpia, inversión para el desarrollo de este campo, para cuidar el medio ambiente, y para a la vez generar más fuentes de empleos.
“una nación que no controla sus fuentes de energía no controla su futuro…”
Resumiendo mi comentario voy a citar el libro en la pagina 183.”La inversión en investigación y desarrollo y en educación costara dinero en un momento en que nuestro presupuesto federal ya está muy forzado. Para aumentar la eficiencia en el consumo de combustible de los automóviles americanos o instaurar una paga vinculada al rendimiento para los profesores de las escuelas públicas habrá que superar la desconfianza de unos trabajadores que ya se sienten asediados. Y los debates sobre la bondad de los valores escolares o sobre la viabilidad de las células de hidrogeno como combustible no dejaran de existir.”

Esa fue mi audacia en comentar este libro.
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  Pamelangeles | Jul 3, 2014 |
The first three chapters of this book are so eloquently written, it almost brought me to tears. The same is for the chapter entitled 'Family'. The man can write.

He's definitely a democrat and doesn't apologize for it, but at the same time he recognizes the limitations and faults of his party and (at least sometimes) shows and ability to 'cross the aisle' and seems to sincerely want to make America a better place.

The chapter 'Race' spoke to me less, but perhaps that is because I am an upper-middle class woman. I would have liked to have seen more recognition of the roadblocks that women face, though this is touched upon in the 'Family' chapter.

I feel like whatever side of the aisle you are from - there is something in here for you. He writes about what he knows - the black and minority struggle is a consistent theme. At the same time he doesn't unabashedly and completely tear down every conservative idea, though there is heavy criticism on the Bush administration and certain laws passed through Congress at the time of the writing.

The cynical part of me wonders whether or not this book was written anticipating a run for the Presidency. But if these are his true convictions - which I like to believe that they are - I think that we can all agree he has some truly great ideas for America - some of which everyone can relate to.

Excellent book. Recommended for everyone. ( )
  steadfastreader | Mar 18, 2014 |
The writing itself is good, but I found the content kind of dull and blandly centrist. ( )
  thatotter | Feb 6, 2014 |
I didn't finish it... I had to return it to the library. however, what I did read, I liked. My rating would probably be higher if I had finished it. ( )
  Contusions | Sep 4, 2013 |
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Barack Obama, the junior senator from Illinois and the Democratic Party’s new rock star, is that rare politician who can actually write — and write movingly and genuinely about himself.
 

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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0307455874, Mass Market Paperback)

Barack Obama's first book, Dreams from My Father, was a compelling and moving memoir focusing on personal issues of race, identity, and community. With his second book The Audacity of Hope, Obama engages themes raised in his keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, shares personal views on faith and values and offers a vision of the future that involves repairing a "political process that is broken" and restoring a government that has fallen out of touch with the people. We had the opportunity to ask Senator Obama a few questions about writing, reading, and politics--see his responses below. --Daphne Durham 20 Second Interview: A Few Words with Barack Obama

Q: How did writing a book that you knew would be read so closely by so many compare to writing your first book, when few people knew who you were?
A: In many ways, Dreams from My Father was harder to write. At that point, I wasn't even sure that I could write a book. And writing the first book really was a process of self-discovery, since it touched on my family and my childhood in a much more intimate way. On the other hand, writing The Audacity of Hope paralleled the work that I do every day--trying to give shape to all the issues that we face as a country, and providing my own personal stamp on them.

Q: What is your writing process like? You have such a busy schedule, how did you find time to write?
A: I'm a night owl, so I usually wrote at night after my Senate day was over, and after my family was asleep--from 9:30 p.m. or so until 1 a.m. I would work off an outline--certain themes or stories that I wanted to tell--and get them down in longhand on a yellow pad. Then I'd edit while typing in what I'd written.

Q: If readers are to come away from The Audacity of Hope with one action item (a New Year's Resolution for 2007, perhaps?), what should it be?
A: Get involved in an issue that you're passionate about. It almost doesn’t matter what it is--improving the school system, developing strategies to wean ourselves off foreign oil, expanding health care for kids. We give too much of our power away, to the professional politicians, to the lobbyists, to cynicism. And our democracy suffers as a result.

Q: You're known for being able to work with people across ideological lines. Is that possible in today's polarized Washington?
A: It is possible. There are a lot of well-meaning people in both political parties. Unfortunately, the political culture tends to emphasize conflict, the media emphasizes conflict, and the structure of our campaigns rewards the negative. I write about these obstacles in chapter 4 of my book, "Politics." When you focus on solving problems instead of scoring political points, and emphasize common sense over ideology, you'd be surprised what can be accomplished. It also helps if you're willing to give other people credit--something politicians have a hard time doing sometimes.


Q: How do you make people passionate about moderate and complex ideas?
A: I think the country recognizes that the challenges we face aren't amenable to sound-bite solutions. People are looking for serious solutions to complex problems. I don't think we need more moderation per se--I think we should be bolder in promoting universal health care, or dealing with global warming. We just need to understand that actually solving these problems won't be easy, and that whatever solutions we come up with will require consensus among groups with divergent interests. That means everybody has to listen, and everybody has to give a little. That's not easy to do.

Q: What has surprised you most about the way Washington works?
A: How little serious debate and deliberation takes place on the floor of the House or the Senate.

Q: You talk about how we have a personal responsibility to educate our children. What small thing can the average parent (or person) do to help improve the educational system in America? What small thing can make a big impact?
A: Nothing has a bigger impact than reading to children early in life. Obviously we all have a personal obligation to turn off the TV and read to our own children; but beyond that, participating in a literacy program, working with parents who themselves may have difficulty reading, helping their children with their literacy skills, can make a huge difference in a child's life.

Q: Do you ever find time to read? What kinds of books do you try to make time for? What is on your nightstand now?
A: Unfortunately, I had very little time to read while I was writing. I'm trying to make up for lost time now. My tastes are pretty eclectic. I just finished Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead, a wonderful book. The language just shimmers. I've started Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, which is a great study of Lincoln as a political strategist. I read just about anything by Toni Morrison, E.L. Doctorow, or Philip Roth. And I've got a soft spot for John le Carre.

Q: What inspires you? How do you stay motivated?
A: I'm inspired by the people I meet in my travels--hearing their stories, seeing the hardships they overcome, their fundamental optimism and decency. I'm inspired by the love people have for their children. And I'm inspired by my own children, how full they make my heart. They make me want to work to make the world a little bit better. And they make me want to be a better man.

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Senator Obama calls 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 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 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. Only by returning to the principles that gave birth to our Constitution, he says, can Americans repair a broken political process, and restore to working order a government dangerously out of touch with millions of ordinary Americans.--From publisher description.… (more)

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