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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
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Broadside Books
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Roger McFarland
Actually read in December 2012. The following is a summary of notes (or review) written at the time that I am moving to my Goodreads library.

Charles Kesler is the editor of the Claremont Review of Books and a professor of government at Claremont McKenna college. In this 237 page book (excluding footnotes), Kesler examines the roots of modern liberalism and how President Obama is a continuation of the tradition started by Woodrow Wilson. While the book is really a whirlwind tour of 20th century
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
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
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.
Good book. A complex read in parts.
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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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