Audacious Hope!

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A truly transcendent moment in American history…a President-elect who reads history, who learns from history; who makes history! President-elect Barack Obama will not only be bringing cases of good books to the White House come January, he’ll be uniting our country and our world, we hope, in a new spirit of community-building and cooperation. Jon Meacham’s essay in the New York Times Sunday Book Review, 2 November 2008, listed some of Mr. Obama’s most treasured reads: “The Federalist, Jefferson, Emerson, Lincoln, Twain” were first among them. His list continues: “W.E.B. Du Bois’s Souls of Black Folk, Dr. King’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail”, James Baldwin, and Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon.   Take the Barack test.  How many of these have you read? And how about the following? Graham Greene’s The Power and the Glory, and The Quiet American, Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook and Solzhenitsyn’s Cancer Ward as well as Gandhi’s autogiography.  Factor in Nietzsche, Niebuhr and Tillich plus John Steinbeck’s In Dubious Battle, Robert Caro’s Power Broker,  Studs Terkel’s Working, and Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations and Theory of Moral Sentiments. How did you fare?  Most of us have a little catching up to do!

More importantly, we are grateful the country has elected a president of such learning, intellect, and grace. We’ve been wandering in the desert too long!  Think of what new reading groups may form around these titles, how many new voters could also be turned on to some new reading inspired by President Obama.  We welcome the return of literacy and decency to the country.   Mr. Obama is a bookseller’s president! His own  two books: Dreams From My Father and The Audacity of Hope have earned much acclaim. We hope the country will keep on voting, continue reading and will fully realize the transformative power of this extraordinary moment in history.

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