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Reading Obama : dreams, hope, and the American political tradition

Author: James T Kloppenberg
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2011.
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Barack Obama puzzles observers. Derided by the Right as dangerous and by the Left as spineless, Obama does not fit contemporary partisan categories. Instead, his writings and speeches reflect a principled aversion to absolutes that derives from sustained engagement with American democratic thought. "Reading Obama" traces the origins of his ideas and establishes him as the most penetrating political thinker elected  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Barack Obama; Barack Obama; Barack Obama; Barack Obama; Barack Obama
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James T Kloppenberg
ISBN: 9780691147468 0691147469
OCLC Number: 587249089
Description: xviii, 302 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
The education of Barack Obama --
From universalism to particularism --
Obama's American history --
Conclusion: dreams, hope, and the American political tradition.
Responsibility: James T. Kloppenberg.

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Derided by the Right as dangerous and by the Left as spineless, Barack Obama puzzles observers. This title reveals the sources of Obama's ideas and explains why his principled aversion to absolutes  Read more...

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A National Public Radio (npr.org/blogs) Mara Liasson Best Book of the Year for 2010 "James Kloppenberg, one of America's foremost intellectual historians, persuasively argues that [there is] a Read more...

 
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