Before this book I was only familiar with Krauthammer from his sporadic appearances on the Sunday morning talk show circuit; and in those particular sBefore this book I was only familiar with Krauthammer from his sporadic appearances on the Sunday morning talk show circuit; and in those particular settings he often struck me as overly pretentious and angry. I was wrong about him. Having completed this collection of columns and essays I was struck with the consistency in his philosophic worldview, which I admire. He is thoughtful, humane, and religious. He is a practicing Jew, and it seems to be his Western, Jewishness that forms his ethics and concern for the Western world. Consequently, I found his pro-Isreal stance very interesting and, dare I say, enlightening. I have adopted his concern for the future of Israel and look forward to studying the issue further. For all the political depth found in this book, perhaps my favorite essays concerned the personal, as chess, baseball, border collies, and music are all discussed at intriguing length. As is his horrific accident that has left him confined to a wheelchair for most of his life. His life is a life well lived and this book is a book well written....more
Good. This book explains why when listening to Glenn Beck I thought either he is a complete moron or he is acting. Come to find out, he is acting andGood. This book explains why when listening to Glenn Beck I thought either he is a complete moron or he is acting. Come to find out, he is acting and it is an old act, but now it would seem he actually believes the crazy things he says, which makes him sound like a moron. ...more
The book probably deserves four stars; it is very well written and the author clearly understands Black liberation theology and how it has served andThe book probably deserves four stars; it is very well written and the author clearly understands Black liberation theology and how it has served and informed a generation of African American Christians. The author writes very carefully about a hyper sensitive subject, while also weaving into the historical narrative Barack Obama's personal religious experience. Obama sincerely claims to be a Christian, although theologicaly and politicaly he is a liberal, which would be enough for many conservative christians to exclude him from the fold, perhaps denounce him as a heretic, or worse. This is a sad testament to our modern political/religious situation, but for the thoughtful, well traveled believer (orthodox or not) Obama's proclamations regarding his faith ring sincere, and distinctly christian. If one wants to gain an understanding of liberal christianity and how it spiritualy informs and forms its adherants, including our president, than this book is a good place to start.
One of those books that is so well written and interesting that your able to read quickly despite it being over 400 pages. The book is an insider viewOne of those books that is so well written and interesting that your able to read quickly despite it being over 400 pages. The book is an insider view of Obama's first year in office, which provides a detailed look at the state of the country after Bush and company ran things for eight years. Needless to say, things were much worse than team Obama imagined. The author is lightly critical of the President, but you are able to get a real sense of how Obama's mind works and his vision for the country. I will admit that this book has turned me from a skeptic to a supporter of the President and I learned alot about the inner workings, or not, of Washington D.C. I would recommend this one to anyone, but especially to those that might think they know who Obama is, or what he has done, but perhaps really don't know; I include myself in that boat. The author has also written a book on FDR's first year in office, which I hope to read, and the paralells are very interesting to the lover of presidential history. Do I know dare say that I am "Fired up and ready to go!"...more