Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama's Plan to Renew America's Promise” as Want to Read:
Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama's Plan to Renew America's Promise
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama's Plan to Renew America's Promise

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  1,128 Ratings  ·  81 Reviews
At this defining moment in our history, Americans are hungry for change. After years of failed policies and failed politics from Washington, this is our chance to reclaim the American dream. Barack Obama has proven to be a new kind of leader–one who can bring people together, be honest about the challenges we face, and move this nation forward. Change We Can Believe In out ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published September 8th 2008 by Crown (first published January 1st 2008)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Change We Can Believe In, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Change We Can Believe In

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Gil Bradshaw
I'm glad to see that someone in Obama's team has thought through so many issues in such a comprehensive manner. There is value from a PR standpoint in this book.

Not a beach read though. And its depressing because he addresses so many issues that are confronting our country and the whole country seems like its at such a dead end.

I like the idea of this book because his writing of the book will hold him accountable more than other presidents. To rebut his actions, you can point to page [_] where h
Dec 19, 2008 Becky rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Since I don't agree with most liberal policies, this book didn't stand a good chance of being "liked" - but I was pleasantly surprised to see some of the more moderate stances he has, particularly as concerns some national defense issues... if these are sincere and not just rhetoric to appease the masses who care about our security. However, apart from a summary and laundry list of policies and goals, there is no philosophical or argumentative basis (or support or examples for that matter) to pe ...more
Sep 22, 2008 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I arrived home from work today and found this book in my mailbox. I walked into my home, sat down, and read it in its entirety. It is rare that I consume a book so completely without pause.

As with any all encompassing policy proposal there will be items that you completely agree with and others that you would want to see some alterations to before being implemented. But, when read in the light (or shadows) of the last eight years under the Bush administration, Obama's vision is a breath of fresh
May 16, 2009 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually didn't know what this book was when I started reading it. I thought it was written by Obama, but in fact it appears to have been written by his campaign staff with a foreword from Obama. And that's fine, but I wish I had read this book before the campaign because reading it after the election is a little silly. I already voted for the man so it's really not necessary for anyone to try and sell me on him. That's what this book does, essentially. It lays out everything Obama hopes to do ...more
The one thing I loved about this book is that it legitimately undermined anyone who criticized Obama for lack of providing specifics. Who is the last presidential candidate who released a book during a campaign that laid out most of his positions with modest intellectual support for why he thinks the way he/she does? Has anyone ever done it?

What stuck out to me most is that there is actually some social and historical analysis here. It may be light but it is a breath of fresh air when you're use
Jan 02, 2009 Ck rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good book to read if you have not been keeping up with Barack Obama's plans for when he gets into the White House. He has many plans that in my opinion sounds like good ideas. However, this book does not go into detail of how all these plans will work out. He talks about cutting this and giving money for that but, I really would like to see where the money for all his plans is coming from. And how come we got or can get all this money during the current state the US economy is in. This ...more
Nov 24, 2008 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Change We Can Believe In outlines Barack Obama's vision for America.

This trade sized paperback is just 288 pages, but inside the pages you will read about specific ideas about how to fix our ailing economy and strengthen the middle class, make health care affordable for all, achieve energy independence, and keep America safe in a dangerous world. They writing is clear and succinct. I especially enjoyed reading his speeches, as it has been many months since I first heard some of them. The eloquen
Oct 20, 2008 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a neat little book filled with mostly Barack's policies. Even better, the book contains 7 of the good senator's speeches from the campaign trail. I have listened to many of those speeches and they are fascinating, not only for the content, but for his eloquent way of speaking. If you have ever heard him speak, you will hear his voice clearly in this book.
Lori Tatar
It is a great accounting of what we have been promised and will become a great instrument with which to measure how many promises have been fulfilled. It is no wonder Obama was elected president. However, after having heard most of his speeches and being very familiar with his campaign and its platforms, the book is redundant.
Dec 30, 2008 Jeff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you know what happens when you break a promise, Barack? Fairies die and children cry.

Just something you should think about before hedging on your promise to require 10 percent of electricity come from renewable sources by 2012.
I appreciated that Barack laid out his plan for moving the US forward. I listened to each section multiple times to make sure I understood it, whether or not I agreed.
Outlines what the heck he's gonna do as President. I like clear cut answers and plans! Obama 08!
Kyla Middleton
A “Change We Can Believe In” is not a typical novel; it is a collection of seven speeches President Barack Obama made while he was a senator of Illinois and running for the presidency. The novel starts off in part one with the President’s own words. It begins with his opinion of what society was like while he was running for president, and also massive amounts of criticism of George W. Bush. The entire novel consists of this. The novel includes Obama’s own plans for the economy, foreign policy, ...more
Shawn Sorensen
If we're using ratings, I would say that Obama ran a 5-star campaign and has so far been a 3-star president. I appreciate his calmness, his openness, and not in comparison to Bush because we as a country have far more to do than simply make up for 2000-2008: we now have an opportunity to change economic and political systems that continually brings us cycles of poverty and war.

The book itself, while having its moments of specificity and inspiration, is still frustrating. A lot of numbers are th
Alex Gregory
So, I guess hindsight is 20/20?

Change We Can Believe In is a introductory primer for Barack Obama's policies, delivered through a series of speeches outlining his plans in the run-up to the '08 election. While I, like other reviewers, appreciate the fact that the book is thorough and descriptive in its material, it comes off more as a PR puff piece than anything else.

The first thing this book is missing is a co-author credit for Jon Favreau. Who's that, you ask? Well, it's not the film director,
Jan 06, 2009 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
It is a moot point now after the election ... I've voted and Obama's the next president. I just wish I had read this book earlier since it would have helped bolster my arguments with neighbors and friends regarding Obama's plan of action for the next four years. I finished this book in one day which, lately, is unusual for me as I am hitting a reading slump.

The first half of the book is a summary of the issues Obama would like to address once he is in office. He addresses the issues of global w
Jeff Stockett
Mar 04, 2010 Jeff Stockett rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: political
I read this book because I have been displeased with President Obama in his first year in office. I thought/hoped that if I better understood his plan I might at least have an idea where he was coming from and it might make me a little less angry.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that there were a few things that I agreed with. He talked about the failures of the No Child Left Behind program and how he wanted to put forth legislation that would not alienate teachers the way that program has. I
Will Crim
Jun 11, 2010 Will Crim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Change We Can Believe In by Barack Obama is more inspirational than anything. It was published during his 2008 campaign which made me think of him as superman or somethin'. Like how do you do that and compete with Hilary Clinton? Anyways, something that really caught my attention early in the book was when Obama wrote "...these challenge were not inevitable. They are the result of flawed policies and failed leadership. As our world and economy have changed, the thinkinh in Washington has not ke ...more
Oct 17, 2011 Christopher rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
This book comes from Pres. Barack Obama's 2008 campaign for the presidency, but unlike other similar books released by politicians about how to get America back on track, this one is really the campaign's promises rather than some personal & anecdotal account of what's wrong with the country and how to fix it. In fact, you could've looked up all of these promises on the campaign website and saved yourself the money. So, why read a book with a typical campaign bombast, even for Obama's energe ...more
Colleen Martin
Oct 27, 2008 Colleen Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This isn't a book of new material, but rather a compendium of Barack Obama's policies and stances on a huge variety of issues. I learned a few things that I hadn't previously known, but most of it was old news to me, an Obama supporter for two years. This would be great reading for an undecided voter all those people who insist that they "don't know where he stands on the issues." Please. What kind of lame excuse is that? If you just make an effort, you can find out anything you'd ...more
Feb 23, 2016 CRI rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At this defining moment in our history, Americans are hungry for change. After years of failed policies and a failed politics from Washington, this is our chance to reclaim the American dream. Barack Obama has proven to be a new kind of leader 14one who can bring people together, be honest about the challenges we face, and move this nation forward. Change We Can Believe In outlines his vision for America.

Throughout this audiobook you will find bold and specific ideas about how to fix our ailing
Douglas Mendes
In this book, Barack Obama describes his plan to a possible presidential administration. He speaks about all the major problems in US until the Bush era (a good thing for someone who don't lives there because you can have a realistic view of the country's situation). Obama describes the almost public health total failure, the incapacity to finish the war in Iraq and Afganistan, the strong oil dependency and its impacts to the global warming, his ideas to improve the education and research, the n ...more
Jan 12, 2012 Claire rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I probably read this book about four years too late, it's sat on my bookshelf unread for some time. There were points when I wondered why I was reading what was basically the Obama 2008 policy platform given I'm unlikely to ever bother reading the equivalent volume of ALP policy! However it is good policy and didn't make bad reading. The highlight of the book for me though were the eight speeches included at the end of the book. From Obama's campaign launch in Springfield, Illinois to his electi ...more
Sandra Soetanto
This book is interesting for me since it reveals Barack Obama passions about Americans and their society. It describe his purpose and strategy to be brought out in some state’s dimensions (although they’re not really specific) as he won the election to be the President of United States of America. Coated with his passion and strong believe that Americans, if they work together, will become better and stronger; this book is full of positive energy and thus, enjoyable to read. It can also enrich o ...more
Dec 21, 2008 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first half of this book is essentially an outline of Obama's campaign position papers. The book is not actually a work by Obama, but a creation of his campaign staff. If you watched the debates, there won't be much new to you in that first half. The real value of this book is that it includes the text of some of his biggest speeches, my favorites being A More Perfect Union given in Philadelphia in march and his Father's Day speech in Chicago! Hearing/reading his voice is humbling and inspiri ...more
Nov 05, 2008 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up at JFK on my way home to LAX. I was looking for the Cliff's Notes to the candidates.

This is a great book, one that outlines every major issue and how President Elect Barack Obama plans to tackle each one individually. At the end of the book there are 7 speaches he has given during the campaign.

By the end of the book I was in tears. Not sad, or happy tears, but tears of pride. I have never felt so proud to be an American as I did when I read that book and now see what we c
Matt Black
It was a bit odd to read a book like this written in 2008 and it is now 2012 and near the end of Obama's first term. Maybe I read it a bit late. It was sitting on my shelf forever. It was full of promises that he hoped to accomplish in the first four year term and beyond. He has fullfilled a lot of the promises, some he has fallen short on and some require more time. He may not get a 2nd term, but if he does, now knowing a bit more of what he wanted to accomplish I look forward to grading his ne ...more
Kevin Johnson
I read this during the time when our government was shutdown due to the house wanting to make a stand over the affordable care act. The campaign pitch of the first 2/3 of the book was hard to get through in parts since it was less relevant now, and it reminded me of some of the reality of how hard a lot of the things pitched in the book are to do, but also that a number of them had actually been done. The last 1/3 of the book was on the speeches and those were a much better and more entertaining ...more
Jul 23, 2011 Marcia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I confess, I couldn't finish reading this. It was really boring. In fairness, I'm not an Obama fan, but I thought this book might help me understand him better. It's mostly a summary of many of Obamas speaches. Most of it is just words with no meaning. Ideals without ideas. And the few things that he said that sounded like great ideas that I would actually get behind, are things that once in office he has done the opposit of the idea he put forth in his speach. So instead of understanding him be ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Obama: From Promise to Power
  • The American Journey of Barack Obama
  • Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics
  • Reason: Why Liberals Will Win the Battle for America
  • The Promise: President Obama, Year One
  • Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Yes We Can: A Biography of Barack Obama
  • White House Burning: The Founding Fathers, Our National Debt, and Why It Matters to You
  • Renegade: The Making of a President
  • Truth and Consequences: Special Comments on the Bush Administration's War on American Values
  • April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Death and How It Changed America
  • Hope on a Tightrope: Words and Wisdom
  • Sick: The Untold Story of America's Health Care Crisis---and the People Who Pay the Price
  • The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth from 9/11 to Katrina
  • Take It Back: A Battle Plan for Democratic Victory
  • The Audacity to Win: The Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama's Historic Victory
  • Why We're Liberals: A Political Handbook for Post-Bush America
  • The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama
Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States of America. He is the first African-American President to be elected President of the United States, and was the first to be nominated for President by a major U.S. political party. He was the junior U.S. Senator from Illinois from 2005 until he resigned on November 16, 2008, following his election to the Presidency.

Barack Obama is the son of
More about Barack Obama...

Share This Book