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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
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Broadside Books
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Brant Bishop
Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Jdcomments
Dec 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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Tom Meyer
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a short history of progressivism and modern liberalism, Kessler hits many of the same notes as Jonah Goldberg did in Liberal Fascism, though with more grace and less open partisanship than its predecessor; this is something you could give your proverbial brother-in-law without him taking instant offense. Kessler is also much, much better at presenting a coherent and recognizable assessment of his progressives' mindset.

The tone takes a negative shift, however, in the final chapter on Obama, an
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John Moorhead
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
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.
Heather
Oct 08, 2016 rated it liked it
I did not always agree with the author's assessment of Obama's recent decisions, but I think he did a good job of placing Obama within the historical context of liberalism. The historical discussion was the best part of the book and part of his analysis of modern beliefs rings true.
Deon
Dec 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Fascinating.
Luigib
Oct 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Good book. A complex read in parts.
Jim Blessing
Feb 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
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I picked this up thinking it would be an interesting read. However, quite quickly discovered it was not.
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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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