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The Mendacity of Hope: Barack Obama and the Betrayal of American Liberalism

3.64  ·  Rating Details  ·  59 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
A fearless and incisive manifesto that exposes the real causes of President Obama's failure to enact liberal reform, by the former editor of Harper's Magazine

Americans find themselves in genuine confusion and dismay concerning the actions of President Obama's administration, especially when it comes to the financial crisis and health care. Obama's reform packages, passed
ebook, 272 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published October 1st 2010)
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Scott Rhee
Mar 09, 2014 Scott Rhee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, politics
I am not as quick to jump on the anti-Obama bandwagon as Roger Hodge is, but his book "The Mendacity of Hope: Barack Obama and the Betrayal of American Liberalism" is a compelling, well-researched, and thought-provoking read, and it is, at the very least, helping to clear the vision of those of us who have kept those rose-colored glasses on for so long.

Hodge, a former editor of Harper's Magazine, is the liberal's liberal: someone who clearly understands and appreciates the subtle nuances of bot
Oct 23, 2010 Ken rated it it was amazing
I am one of those people who is deeply disappointed and disturbed by the actions of the Obama administration on a wide range of issues, so this book, highly critical of Obama, was important for me as it was an opportunity to explore in detail the issues that concern me.

I learned about this book because a part of it was excerpted in a recent issue of Harper's Magazine.

Mr. Hodge takes the issues apart one by one and examines them in the context of their history and shows that Obama's performance,
Greg Swallow
Nov 26, 2011 Greg Swallow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here we go...a book where I had to Google the cover to make sure I knew the meaning of the word "mendacity." I did. In my dying Borders (or in two dying Borders -- I had to wait until this book was 50% off) I opened a few pages and WOW. I was back to reading Harpers Magazine, in book form. The four or five pages I thumbed through were scathing -- they completely matched my mood about current affairs. I picked up the book for $12.50.

I read this book in two whirlwind sessions, about four months ap
Nov 30, 2014 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
Oprah said of Obama, "He is the one", but Hodge believes Obama is simply another one. He argues that the Obama presidency is as of now another four years of corporations and the government serving their own special interests rather than average people. Financial bailouts (also done by Bush) and health care reform enact new rules...without fully delving into prevention of the systemic dynamics that got the banks in trouble and have made health care so expensive. Hodge explores Obama's actions wit ...more
Mary Ronan Drew
Dec 19, 2010 Mary Ronan Drew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: political junkies only
Shelves: did-not-finish
This is one of the many books I borrow from the library to look over rather than to read. After spending a couple of hours with it I still don't know it well enough to properly award it stars because it's more dense than I expected and I only followed a couple of threads. I settled for three.

The Mendacity of Hope is a stiff criticism of Obama and his administration from the point of view of the hard left. Hodge, who was the editor in chief of Harper's magazine, makes logical arguments, does not
Esteban del Mal
This is alternately boring and depressing and I don't want to fucking read it anymore.
Sep 27, 2012 tjandbaby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jais-shelf
Roger put some energy behind this one. It is a meticulously researched and broadly referenced condemnation of our current political system. POTUS is the focus of his anger but this is really a diatribe against the corporatization of our political system dating back to the 18th Century.

Through philosophy and political theory and current events Roger lays out not only how the 1% has been running the show for a long time - centuries but also how some of our "men of the people" (Obama included) hav
Nov 21, 2010 Jo rated it did not like it
Shelves: i-gave-up-on-it
I read less than half of this book and got sick of it. While I too await a gorgeous critique of Obama from the left, I could care less about the form this book comes in.

In terms of content--It makes a few important points, I think. For instance--Joe Biden authored the Patriot Act? How appalling is that. Anyway, but it focuses too much (at least the beginning) on the economic choices Obama has made and the campaign contributions he has accepted. While these are certainly points of discussion, the
I was very open to the thesis of this book, that basically Obama had turned his back on a progressive agenda to pursue a centrist, establishment agenda that does not challenge the powers that be. Unfortunately, the author presents very little evidence of that thesis, even though he may actually be correct. There is evidence out there that Obama chose Wall Street reform that was minimally threatening to Wall Street. That the banks were put in charge of the home owner loan modification program tha ...more
May 29, 2011 Cole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My reading this book has nothing to do with having any particular political view. It is a perfect example of non-fiction writing based on a single subject.

The book is really about small "r" republican ideals.

Picking the quintessential "liberal" president to make this point was a fantastic choice.

Exemplary diction, too. Only a single sentence seemed unnecessary.
Scott Hopkins
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Aug 24, 2011 Tim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is awful. I have been concerned about some of President Obama's choices while in offie, but I am still a Democrat. I saw that this was a critique from the Left and thought it might be interesting. It isn't. It is dreadful and seems to be more of a full on attack than a critique.
Feb 28, 2011 Todd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wished I had written this book. It is well researched and a great call to return to the true liberal traditions of the Republican Theorists that created the impetus of our American Revolution. If you think that being Democrat means being liberal - read this book.
Dustin Witmer
Rather than a thoughtful liberal critique of Obama, the author devolves into complaining about everything in American history that he doesn't like.
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