Barack Obama Out of Many One

Barack Obama  Out of Many  One
Author: Shana Corey
Release: 2013-11-27
Editor: Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages: 48
ISBN: 9780385374781
Language: en
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Children who are ready to read on their own will want to get ready for President's Day with this leveled reader about the first African American president of the United States! A Step 3 Step into Reading Biography Reader about our forty-fourth president, Barack Obama—revised to include an account of his reelection and new photographs! With clear and accessible language, independent readers can learn how the lessons and love from Obama’s mother and grandparents shaped him; how the places he lived influenced him; and how he turned his childhood feeling of being an outsider into a positive driving force that propelled him into the history books!

Barack Obama Out of Many One

Barack Obama  Out of Many  One
Author: David Maraniss
Release: 2012
Editor: Unknown
Pages: 641
ISBN: 1531178073
Language: en
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Based on hundreds of interviews and documents, this book chronicles the life of Barack Obama and the forces that shaped him, from early childhood through his adult years, as he became the first black president of the United States.

Out of Many One

Out of Many  One
Author: Ruth O'Brien
Release: 2013-05-21
Editor: University of Chicago Press
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780226041599
Language: en
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Feared by conservatives and embraced by liberals when he entered the White House, Barack Obama has since been battered by criticism from both sides. In Out of Many, One, Ruth O’Brien explains why. We are accustomed to seeing politicians supporting either a minimalist state characterized by unfettered capitalism and individual rights or a relatively strong welfare state and regulatory capitalism. Obama, O’Brien argues, represents the values of a lesser-known third tradition in American political thought that defies the usual left-right categorization. Bearing traces of Baruch Spinoza, John Dewey, and Saul Alinsky, Obama’s progressivism embraces the ideas of mutual reliance and collective responsibility, and adopts an interconnected view of the individual and the state. So, while Obama might emphasize difference, he rejects identity politics, which can create permanent minorities and diminish individual agency. Analyzing Obama’s major legislative victories—financial regulation, health care, and the stimulus package—O’Brien shows how they reflect a stakeholder society that neither regulates in the manner of the New Deal nor deregulates. Instead, Obama focuses on negotiated rule making and allows executive branch agencies to fill in the details when dealing with a deadlocked Congress. Similarly, his commitment to difference and his resistance to universal mandates underlies his reluctance to advocate for human rights as much as many on the Democratic left had hoped. By establishing Obama within the context of a much longer and broader political tradition, this book sheds critical light on both the political and philosophical underpinnings of his presidency and a fundamental shift in American political thought.

A Promised Land

A Promised Land
Author: Barack Obama
Release: 2020-11-17
Editor: Crown
Pages: 768
ISBN: 9781524763183
Language: en
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A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making—from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAACP IMAGE AWARD NOMINEE • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • Jennifer Szalai, The New York Times • NPR • The Guardian • Marie Claire In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency—a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil. Obama takes readers on a compelling journey from his earliest political aspirations to the pivotal Iowa caucus victory that demonstrated the power of grassroots activism to the watershed night of November 4, 2008, when he was elected 44th president of the United States, becoming the first African American to hold the nation’s highest office. Reflecting on the presidency, he offers a unique and thoughtful exploration of both the awesome reach and the limits of presidential power, as well as singular insights into the dynamics of U.S. partisan politics and international diplomacy. Obama brings readers inside the Oval Office and the White House Situation Room, and to Moscow, Cairo, Beijing, and points beyond. We are privy to his thoughts as he assembles his cabinet, wrestles with a global financial crisis, takes the measure of Vladimir Putin, overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds to secure passage of the Affordable Care Act, clashes with generals about U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, tackles Wall Street reform, responds to the devastating Deepwater Horizon blowout, and authorizes Operation Neptune’s Spear, which leads to the death of Osama bin Laden. A Promised Land is extraordinarily intimate and introspective—the story of one man’s bet with history, the faith of a community organizer tested on the world stage. Obama is candid about the balancing act of running for office as a Black American, bearing the expectations of a generation buoyed by messages of “hope and change,” and meeting the moral challenges of high-stakes decision-making. He is frank about the forces that opposed him at home and abroad, open about how living in the White House affected his wife and daughters, and unafraid to reveal self-doubt and disappointment. Yet he never wavers from his belief that inside the great, ongoing American experiment, progress is always possible. This beautifully written and powerful book captures Barack Obama’s conviction that democracy is not a gift from on high but something founded on empathy and common understanding and built together, day by day.

The Audacity of Hope

The Audacity of Hope
Author: Barack Obama
Release: 2006-10-17
Editor: Crown
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780307382092
Language: en
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Barack Obama’s lucid vision of America’s place in the world and call for a new kind of politics that builds upon our shared understandings as Americans, based on his years in the Senate “In our lowdown, dispiriting era, Obama’s talent for proposing humane, sensible solutions with uplifting, elegant prose does fill one with hope.”—Michael Kazin, The Washington Post In July 2004, four years before his presidency, 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 is a vigorous search for connection: the foundation for a radically hopeful political consensus. Only by returning to the principles that gave birth to our Constitution, Obama 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.”

Dreams from My Father

Dreams from My Father
Author: Barack Obama
Release: 2007-01-09
Editor: Crown
Pages: 464
ISBN: 9780307394125
Language: en
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • ONE OF ESSENCE’S 50 MOST IMPACTFUL BLACK BOOKS OF THE PAST 50 YEARS In this iconic memoir of his early days, Barack Obama “guides us straight to the intersection of the most serious questions of identity, class, and race” (The Washington Post Book World). “Quite extraordinary.”—Toni Morrison In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father—a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man—has been killed in a car accident. This sudden death inspires an emotional odyssey—first to a small town in Kansas, from which he retraces the migration of his mother’s family to Hawaii, and then to Kenya, where he meets the African side of his family, confronts the bitter truth of his father’s life, and at last reconciles his divided inheritance. Praise for Dreams from My Father “Beautifully crafted . . . moving and candid . . . This book belongs on the shelf beside works like James McBride’s The Color of Water and Gregory Howard Williams’s Life on the Color Line as a tale of living astride America’s racial categories.”—Scott Turow “Provocative . . . Persuasively describes the phenomenon of belonging to two different worlds, and thus belonging to neither.”—The New York Times Book Review “Obama’s writing is incisive yet forgiving. This is a book worth savoring.”—Alex Kotlowitz, author of There Are No Children Here “One of the most powerful books of self-discovery I’ve ever read, all the more so for its illuminating insights into the problems not only of race, class, and color, but of culture and ethnicity. It is also beautifully written, skillfully layered, and paced like a good novel.”—Charlayne Hunter-Gault, author of In My Place “Dreams from My Father is an exquisite, sensitive study of this wonderful young author’s journey into adulthood, his search for community and his place in it, his quest for an understanding of his roots, and his discovery of the poetry of human life. Perceptive and wise, this book will tell you something about yourself whether you are black or white.”—Marian Wright Edelman

Out of Many One

Out of Many  One
Author: Lucashane Granger
Release: 2016-07-19
Editor: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Pages: 52
ISBN: 1530163811
Language: en
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Diversity rocks! Explore America's rich multiethnic history through the lives of those individuals who most exemplify the nature of our nation's 'melting pot'! From pro sports to politics, multiracialism has impacted every aspect of our country's way of life. Did you know that Tiger Woods was ranked the #1 golfer in the world for a longer period of time than anyone else, ever? Did you know that Barack Obama was President for less than a year when he won the Nobel Peace Prize? Did you know that before she was a movie star, that Hallie Berry was Miss Ohio? It's all true, and it's all inside. So, what are you waiting for?

The American Political Tradition and the Men who Made it

The American Political Tradition and the Men who Made it
Author: Richard Hofstadter
Release: 1989
Editor: Vintage
Pages: 519
ISBN: 9780679723158
Language: en
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A revised edition of the clasic study of American politics from the Founding Fathers to FDR.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama
Author: Britannica Educational Publishing
Release: 2012-12-01
Editor: Britannica Educational Publishing
Pages: 80
ISBN: 9781615309481
Language: en
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Sweeping into the office of U.S. president with his mesmerizing oratory of hope and change, Barack Obama forever transformed American politics. As the first African American to hold the title, his election represented a historic milestone, both socially and politically. The 44th president’s remarkable journey from Hawaii and Indonesia to Chicago and the White House is chronicled, and the major issues—including the financial crisis, healthcare, and foreign policy—that his administration has faced are examined.

The Riddle of Barack Obama

The Riddle of Barack Obama
Author: Avner Falk
Release: 2010
Editor: ABC-CLIO
Pages: 335
ISBN: 9780313385872
Language: en
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An internationally noted clinical psychologist offers readers the first psychological biography of Barack Obama. * Quotes from dozens of books on Barack Obama, from hundreds of articles about him, and from interviews with him and people who have known him * A precise and detailed chronology of Barack Obama's life history * A bibliography of some 400 entries, including books, articles, and interviews

E Pluribus Unum

E Pluribus Unum
Author: David Schnicke
Release: 2011-11-01
Editor: Tectum Wissenschaftsverlag
Pages: 91
ISBN: 9783828853294
Language: en
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The most popular American myth is a mystery. Its cultural significance is incontestable, yet hard to grasp. What is its essence? What kind of portrayals and manifestations may be discovered? And how does the myth relate to modern US-American culture? Hollywood's movie industry and Barack Obama's presidential campaign constitute two remarkable contexts which reveal the American Dream's scope of relevance and diversity of meaning. At the same time, they also expose how conformably the myth may be applied to seemingly diverging scenarios: E Pluribus Unum - Out of Many, One. In his study, David Schnicke explores the myth's historic milestones, contemporary role, and strategic utilization in reality and fiction by analyzing exemplary Hollywood productions and decisive traits and momentums of the Obama campaign. In the process, the reader gains a profound understanding of how to navigate through a narrative system so powerful in Western thinking, that its complexity is more than once concealed by its pellucid guise.

Barack Obama and Leadership

Barack Obama and Leadership
Author: Joseph Andrews
Release: 2012-07-01
Editor: Jim Kochenburger
Pages: 218
ISBN: 9780985457839
Language: en
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How Did Barack Obama So Quickly Squander the Goodwill of the Nation...and the World? In "Barack Obama and Leadership: 10 Reasons the 44th President Squandered Unprecedented Goodwill," Joseph Andrews offers an insightful, scholarly response to this question, citing poignant facts, statistics and incisive documentation. Andrews details both Barack Obama's election due to a campaign that promised hope and change, as well as a presidency that delivered little change and left the hopes of far too many Americans unrealized. Andrews pinpoints ten reasons why the Obama presidency has proven ineffective and deflated the confidence of the American people: Executive Inexperience Lack of Appropriate Mentoring Questionable Integrity Misunderstood Mandate Aversion to Values Weak Governing Philosophy and more... Strong leadership on the part of the President of the United States is important to Americans. "Barack Obama and Leadership: 10 Reasons the 44th President Squandered Unprecedented Goodwill" paints a revealing portrait of a president whose weakness and shortcomings not only cost him the faith and goodwill of the nation, but of the world as well. In these pages, find an engaging read that shines a revealing light on the shaping influences, defining decisions, actions, policies, and ultimately, the legacy of President Barack Obama. Joseph Andrews is an alumnus of Jerry Jenkins' Christian Writers Guild and a member of the Christian Authors Guild, Woodstock, Georgia. He is a member of the general leadership of World Outreach Missions (WOM), a globally oriented leadership and missions ministry in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He has an executive background in both human resource management and marketing. As a leadership resource person, his interests are in transformational leadership and the principles that engender this in organizations and societies. He lives in Lawrenceville, Georgia with his wife, Magdalene, and their two children, Joshua and Abigail.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama
Author: Steven Sarson
Release: 2018-08-09
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
Pages: 376
ISBN: 9781350032361
Language: en
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Barack Obama's politics are deeply informed by his profound knowledge and understanding of his country's history. His articles, books, and speeches are replete with references to America's past and how that relates to the present he sees and the future he envisions. Exploring Obama's own words, Steven Sarson examines his interpretation of American history from colonial times to the present, showing how Obama sees American history as beginning with the “common creed” of equality and liberty proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence and the “more perfect union” created by the Constitution. He analyses Obama's understanding of the colonies, revolution, and early nation, slavery and the civil war, segregation and civil rights, economy and society, Native Americans and foreign policy. An epilogue explores how Obama personifies the American dream through the stories of individuals, including his own. A unique and fascinating take on the past and how we interpret it, this book will appeal to all students and scholars of American history, as well as anyone interested in Obama's presidency.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama
Author: Michael Burgan
Release: 2016-08
Editor: Capstone
Pages: 112
ISBN: 9781484638132
Language: en
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Just a few years ago, most people had never even heard the name Barack Obama. Now he is the President of the United States, the first African-American to hold the office. A brilliant speaker, Obama energized voters, inspiring many who had never voted before to do so. Who is Barack Obama and how did he become so powerful so quickly? What makes him so driven? The exciting biographies in the Front-Page Lives series take an in-depth look at some of the world's most fascinating people.

Of Thee I Sing

Of Thee I Sing
Author: Barack Obama
Release: 2010-11-16
Editor: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 40
ISBN: 9780375983290
Language: en
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Barack Obama delivers a tender, beautiful letter to his daughters in this powerful picture book illustrated by award-winner Loren Long that's made to be treasured! In this poignant letter to his daughters, Barack Obama has written a moving tribute to thirteen groundbreaking Americans and the ideals that have shaped our nation. From the artistry of Georgia O'Keeffe, to the courage of Jackie Robinson, to the patriotism of George Washington, Obama sees the traits of these heroes within his own children, and within all of America’s children. Breathtaking, evocative illustrations by award-winning artist Loren Long at once capture the personalities and achievements of these great Americans and the innocence and promise of childhood. This beautiful book celebrates the characteristics that unite all Americans, from our nation’s founders to generations to come. It is about the potential within each of us to pursue our dreams and forge our own paths. It is a treasure to cherish with your family forever.

The Worst President in History

The Worst President in History
Author: Matt Margolis,Mark Noonan
Release: 2018-07-24
Editor: Bombardier Books
Pages: 480
ISBN: 1682618137
Language: en
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An Amazon Bestseller! The Most Comprehensive Takedown of the Obama Presidency! “If you want to know why the history books will have a dim view of Barack Obama, this is the book to read.”—John Hawkins, Right Wing News and Townhall.com The presumption of Barack Obama’s presidential greatness began before he even won the presidency. Now that he’s out of office, presidential “experts” and historians are ranking Obama as one of our nation’s greatest presidents, placing him amongst Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, and Truman. Obama’s presidency was certainly consequential, but it was by no means great. Did Barack Obama really save America from another Great Depression? Did he really unite America or improve America’s global image? Did he really usher in a new era of post-partisanship and government transparency? Did he really expand health coverage while lowering costs and cutting taxes? Did he really make America safer and stronger than it was when he first took office? According to his supporters in the media, Hollywood, and academia, he did. But they are wrong. And they’re working aggressively to ensure their version of Obama’s legacy is written into the history books. How can you discover and protect the truth? Matt Margolis and Mark Noonan have compiled everything you need to know about the presidency of Barack Obama into a single source. First published in 2016, this book has now been updated to include the entirety of Obama’s presidency, and the shocking details that have come to light since he left office. The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama compiles two hundred inconvenient truths about Obama’s presidency—the facts that define his legacy: his real impact on the economy; the disaster that is Obamacare; his shocking abuses of taxpayer dollars; his bitterly divisive style of governing; his shameless usurping of the Constitution; his many scandals and cover-ups; his policy failures at home and abroad; the unprecedented expansion of government power...and more. In his farewell address to supporters on January 11, 2017, Barack Obama declared, “By almost every measure, America is a better, stronger place than it was when we started.” This book destroys that narrative, putting Obama’s presidency into historical context and offering an avalanche of facts that simply cannot be ignored. All of these facts are now at your fingertips in a single source. The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama is your ultimate guide to Obama’s real presidential record—the record he’d like history to forget.

After the Fall

After the Fall
Author: Ben Rhodes
Release: 2021-06-01
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781526645364
Language: en
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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR To be born American in the late twentieth century was to take the fact of a particular kind of American exceptionalism as granted – a state of nature arrived at after all else had failed. In the span of just thirty years, this assumption would come crashing down. After the fall, we must determine what it means to be American again. In 2017, as Ben Rhodes was helping Barack Obama begin his next chapter, the legacy they worked to build for eight years was being taken apart. To understand what was happening in America, Rhodes decided to look outwards. Over the next three years, he travelled to dozens of countries, meeting with politicians, activists, and dissidents confronting the same nationalism and authoritarianism that was tearing America apart. Along the way, a Russian opposition leader he spends time with is poisoned, the Hong Kong protesters he comes to know see their movement snuffed out, and America itself reaches the precipice of losing democracy before giving itself a second chance. After the Fall is a hugely ambitious and essential work of discovery. Throughout, Rhodes comes to realize how much America's fingerprints are on a world it helped to shape: through the excesses of the post-Cold War embrace of unbridled capitalism, post-9/11 nationalism and militarism, mania for technology and social media, and the racism that shaped the backlash to the Obama presidency. At the same time, he learns from a diverse set of characters – from Obama to rebels to a rising generation of leaders – how looking squarely at where America has gone wrong only makes it more essential to fight for what America is supposed to be – for itself, and for the entire world.

Renegades

Renegades
Author: Barack Obama,Bruce Springsteen
Release: 2021-10-26
Editor: Crown
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780593236321
Language: en
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Two longtime friends share an intimate and urgent conversation about life, music, and their enduring love of America, with all its challenges and contradictions, in this stunningly produced expansion of their groundbreaking Higher Ground podcast, featuring more than 350 photographs, exclusive bonus content, and never-before-seen archival material. Renegades: Born in the USA is a candid, revealing, and entertaining dialogue between President Barack Obama and legendary musician Bruce Springsteen that explores everything from their origin stories and career-defining moments to our country’s polarized politics and the growing distance between the American Dream and the American reality. Filled with full-color photographs and rare archival material, it is a compelling and beautifully illustrated portrait of two outsiders—one Black and one white—looking for a way to connect their unconventional searches for meaning, identity, and community with the American story itself. It includes: • Original introductions by President Obama and Bruce Springsteen • Exclusive new material from the Renegades podcast recording sessions • Obama’s never-before-seen annotated speeches, including his “Remarks at the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Marches” • Springsteen’s handwritten lyrics for songs spanning his 50-year-long career • Rare and exclusive photographs from the authors’ personal archives • Historical photographs and documents that provide rich visual context for their conversation In a recording studio stocked with dozens of guitars, and on at least one Corvette ride, Obama and Springsteen discuss marriage and fatherhood, race and masculinity, the lure of the open road and the call back to home. They also compare notes on their favorite protest songs, the most inspiring American heroes of all time, and more. Along the way, they reveal their passion for—and the occasional toll of—telling a bigger, truer story about America throughout their careers, and explore how our fractured country might begin to find its way back toward unity and global leadership.

The Irony of Barack Obama

The Irony of Barack Obama
Author: R. Ward Holder,Peter B. Josephson
Release: 2016-03-09
Editor: Routledge
Pages: 232
ISBN: 9781317026976
Language: en
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Drawing on the political theology of Reinhold Niebuhr, described by Barack Obama as 'one of my favourite philosophers', this book assesses the challenges facing the President during his first term. It evaluates his success in adhering to Niebuhr's path of 'Christian realism' when faced with the pragmatic demands of domestic and foreign affairs. In 2008 Candidate Obama used the ideas of 'Hope' and 'Change' to inspire voters and secure the presidency. Obama promised change not only regarding America's policies, but even more fundamentally in the nation's political culture. Holder and Josephson describe the foundations of President Obama's Christian faith and the extent to which it has shaped his approach to politics. Their book explores Obama's journey of faith in the context of a broadly Augustinian understanding of faith and politics, examines the tensions between Christian realism and pragmatic progressivism, explains why a Christian realist interpretation is essential to understanding Obama's presidency, and applies this model of understanding to considerations of foreign and domestic policy. By combining this theological and political analysis the book offers a special opportunity to reflect on the relationship between Christian faith and statesmanship, reflections that are missing from current popular discussions of the Obama presidency. Through consideration of Niebuhr's models of the prophet and the statesman, and the more popular alternative of the political evangelist, Holder and Josephson are better able to explain the president's successes and his failures, and to unveil the Augustinian limits of the political life.

Economy Difference Empire

Economy  Difference  Empire
Author: Gary J. Dorrien
Release: 2010
Editor: Columbia University Press
Pages: 500
ISBN: 9780231149846
Language: en
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"Gary Dorrien is the preeminent social ethicist in North America today."-Cornel West, Princeton University "The most rigorous theological historian of our time, moving from analyses of social context and personal struggles through the most abstruse theological and metaphysical issues."-Robert Neville, Boston University "Gary Dorrien's scholarly investigation of capitalism's destructive collision with society has greater urgency for America than ever before. Given all the adversities our nation faces, Americans need to learn and consider the great possibilities that Dorrien discusses for disarming the conflict and creating a more equitable and humane country."-William Greider, National Affairs Correspondent for the Nation and Author of Come Home, America: the Rise and Fall (And Redeeming Promise) of Our Country "Like his other works, Gary Dorrien's book is richly researched and beautifully written. Dorren is among the leading academic voices of progressive Christianity, and his book brings the various threads of his scholarship together in one place."-Laura Olson, Clemson University Examining the major traditions of progressive Christian social ethics---social gospel liberalism, Niebuhrian realism, and liberation theology---Gary Dorrien argues for the social-ethical necessity of social justice politics. In carefully reasoned essays, he focuses on three subjects: the ethics and politics of economic justice, racial and gender justice, and antimilitarism, making a constructive case for economic democracy, along with a liberationist understanding of racial and gender justice and an anti-imperial form of liberal internationalism. In Dorrien's view, the three major discourse traditions of progressive Christian social ethics share a fundamental commitment to transform the structures of society in the direction of social justice. His reflections on these topics feature innovative analyses of major figures, such as Walter Rauschenbusch, Reinhold Niebuhr, James Burnham, Norman Thomas, and Michael Harrington, and an extensive engagement with contemporary intellectuals, such as Rosemary R. Ruether, Katie Cannon, Gregory Baum, and Cornel West. Dorrien also weaves his personal experiences into his narrative, especially his involvement in social justice movements. He includes a special chapter on the 2008 Presidential campaign and the historic candidacy of Barack Obama.