I Am the Change: Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism
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I Am the Change: Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism

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Is Barack Obama the savior of liberalism—or the last liberal president? Charles R. Kesler's spirited analysis of Obama's political thought shows that he represents either a new birth of liberalism—or its demise.

Who is Barack Obama? Though many of his own supporters wonder if he really believes in anything, Charles R. Kesler argues that these disappointed liberals don't app...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Broadside Books
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I found this book fascinating not for its analysis of Obama's political beliefs but for its historical recounting of the formation and development of Progressivism/liberalism.

All histories are narratives fitting known facts which are filtered through the premises and prejudices of the historian, and this one is no different. But even given Kesler's conservative perspective, I found his explication of the synthesis of the Hegelian and Darwinian philosophies as the foundation of the Progressive p...more
Brant Bishop
I'd rate this 3.75 starts if fractions were available.

This is an interesting philosophical analysis of the commitments underlying Barack Obama's political positions. The method is to trace the historical background and trajectory of progressive ideas and situate Obama in that stream, and to do so by taking important speeches and writings of the key figures of progressivism the book discusses (Woodrow Wilson, to a lesser extent Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, to some extent B...more
John Moorhead
It was an interesting history lesson into the Liberal movement, starting with Lincoln and moving from there. It was a bit dry at times as you go through the history, and had to relearn a lot of names. But the book had a lot of great quotes that I will write down.
Jim Blessing
I picked this up thinking it would be an interesting read. However, quite quickly discovered it was not.
Luigib
Good book. A complex read in parts.
Deon
Fascinating.
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Professor Kesler (b. 1956) is professor of Government/Political Science at Claremont McKenna College and Claremont Graduate University, who is editor of the Claremont Review of Books. He is the editor of "Saving the Revolution:The Federalist Papers and the American Founding (1987), "Keeping the Tablets: Readings in American Conservatism (1988)(together with William F. Buckley, Jr.) and "The Federa...more
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