Audacity

  • by Jonathan Chait
  • Narrated by Mike Chamberlain
  • 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An unassailable case that, in the eyes of history, Barack Obama will be viewed as one of America's best and most accomplished presidents.
Over the course of eight years, Barack Obama has amassed an array of outstanding achievements. His administration saved the American economy from collapse, expanded health insurance to millions who previously could not afford it, negotiated an historic nuclear deal with Iran, helped craft a groundbreaking international climate accord, reined in Wall Street, and crafted a new vision of racial progress. He has done all of this despite a Left that frequently disdained him as a sellout and a hysterical Right that did everything possible to destroy his agenda even when they agreed with what he was doing.
Now, as the page turns to our next commander in chief, Jonathan Chait - acclaimed as one of the most incisive and meticulous political commentators in America - digs deep into Obama's record on major policy fronts - economics, the environment, domestic reform, health care, race, foreign policy, and civil rights - to demonstrate why history will judge our 44th president as among the greatest in history.
Audacity does not shy away from Obama's failures, most notably in foreign policy. Yet Chait convincingly shows that President Obama has accomplished what candidate Obama said he would, despite overwhelming opposition - and that the hopes of those who voted for him have not been dashed despite the smokescreen of extremist propaganda and the limits of short-term perspective.

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Perspective of the Obama Era

This is an engrossing book; it helps put in perspective the 8 years of the Obama presidency. It starts with the premise that the election of the country's first African American president was a remarkable event which has had a significant and ongoing impact on our culture.

This book and its story of the Obama phenomenon genuinely helps one understand the Trump election as a natural result of the course of a nation still in denial about race.

The only complaint is the narrator -- his flat and deadpan delivery makes for hard listening.
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- C. M. H.

Just Drink the Kool-Aid

What disappointed you about Audacity?

The author is preoccupied with the justification of the progressive movement. If one likes the idea of being treated like livestock, enjoy the book; drink the kool-aid.


What could Jonathan Chait have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Get past his agenda... Real life (at least where I live and work) is very different from the much of the pigeon holed "analysis" offered. Is it too much to ask government personnel to properly amend the US Constitution or honor their duty to uphold the law as written? Apparently it is. Thanks to the delusional thinking of people like Jonathan Chait, we now have President Trump.


How did the narrator detract from the book?

Narrator did a great job.


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- Drummer Boy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-17-2017
  • Publisher: HarperAudio