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A Speech Worth Reading
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cpratt From: cpratt Date: March 19th, 2008 03:27 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Have you read his book? The first hundred pages are quite possibly the best I've ever read (from a political book). By comparison, Living History is proving to be quite a slog...
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 19th, 2008 03:58 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
The first one, though quickly. It's pretty fine writing.
cpratt From: cpratt Date: March 19th, 2008 04:01 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Same here (I bought the 2nd one, but haven't started it). I was floored by the quality of the writing and also by what he had to say; a lot of hit close to home (in the sense that gay men often feel like we're not really a part of the greater community, and it takes a while to figure out where we fit in exactly).
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 19th, 2008 05:23 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That's a great connection. What's so nice about the speech he gave tonight is that it doesn't come down on one side of the divide.
tommix From: tommix Date: March 19th, 2008 04:22 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I've read "Dreams for My Father" twice, first after I heard Obama during the 2004 DNC speech. When I first read it, I was struck by the writing and serious scope for a "political" book. And the fact that the book isn't ghost-written, which can't be said for any Hillary book, no matter the slog, is even more impressive.

I read "The Audacity of Hope" after Obama declared his nomination, but it's more of a wonkish, policy book; interesting, but not like "Dreams."

I just finished "Dreams for My Father" for a second time, and I can say that it is a great, important book. Obama's speech today, which has to be one of the best speeches on race since MLK's "I Have a Dream," was courageous because he didn't "throw Wright under the bus" and because he addressed black and white racial anger. As a bi-racial candidate, he presents the opportunity for us to have a real discussion about race in the US, something that we've been afraid to openly discuss.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 19th, 2008 05:25 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Right. I have read around in the second book. It's good, but not exciting like the first one. The first one is simply outstanding. Before that, the only politician's memoir of recent vintage that I read to the end was Bill Bradley's book, which had basketball interest. The thing is, Barack can hoop!
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