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A collection of Barack Obama's greatest speeches selected and introduced by columnist E.J. Dionne and MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid.We Are the Change We Seek is a collection of Barack Obama's 26 greatest addresses: beginning with his 2002 speech opposing the Iraq War and closing with his final speech before the United Nations in September 2016. As president, Obama's words had thA collection of Barack Obama's greatest speeches selected and introduced by columnist E.J. Dionne and MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid.We Are the Change We Seek is a collection of Barack Obama's 26 greatest addresses: beginning with his 2002 speech opposing the Iraq War and closing with his final speech before the United Nations in September 2016. As president, Obama's words had the power to move the country, and often the world, as few presidents before him. Whether acting as Commander in Chief or Consoler in Chief, Obama adopted a unique rhetorical style that could simultaneously speak to the national mood and change the course of public events. Obama's eloquence, both written and spoken, propelled him to national prominence and ultimately made it possible for the son of a Kenyan man and a white woman from Kansas to become the first black president of the United States.These speeches span Obama's career--from his time in state government through to the end of his tenure as president--and the issues most important to our time: war, inequality, race relations, gun violence and human rights. The book opens with an essay placing Obama's oratorical contributions within the flow of American history by E.J. Dionne Jr., columnist and author of Why The Right Went Wrong, and Joy Reid, the host of AM Joy on MSNBC and author of Fracture. - See more at:

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We Are the Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama Reviews

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-19 23:46

    I want this on Audible.

  • Joshua
    2019-05-11 21:53

    Barack Obama was the first President I ever voted for. Part of it was because he was black, but beneath that was his rhetoric. Whatever is said about former President Obama the man was a gifted orator and rhetorician, and lying at the heart of every one of his speeches there is one fundamental message: hope.The speeches collected in this book represent Obama's the best of Obama's ability as an orator, and each speech is introduced with a brief explanation of the context and cultural climate in which it was delivered. Whether it is his remarks on the death of Trayvon Martin, the necessity for a world-wide effort to curb the effects of Climate change, or even his early speeches in which the man steadily establishes his public voices. These speeches are a pleasure to read because of the man's eloquence and depth of thought.This book is a lovely resource for future historians and biographers of the President, or for anyone who simply studies the craft of public and political rhetoric. For my own part it was a chance to see the growth a politician who meant so much to me when I was just eighteen and casting my first vote. Even when I disagreed with the President, or felt a course of action was a bad move, there was always a careful effort to communicate what was in his heart and thoughts, and try to unite voters and citizens with a positive message that reinforced the idea that democracy is what you make it and what you are willing to give to it.

  • Michael Munns
    2019-04-24 23:55

    It seems like an eternity ago when we had a president worth quoting.

  • Vowelor Books
    2019-05-13 05:42

    We Are The Change We Seek is a collection of 26 greatest speeches of Barack Obama. The book has been written by E.J. Dionne Jr. and Joy-Ann Reid. We Are The Change We Seek consists of Barack Obama’s best speeches; starting from the 2002 speech against the Iraq War and ending with Obama’s last speech at the United Nations in September 2016.The book We Are The Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama was released on 10 Jan 2017. This book brilliantly covers the inspiring words of ex-president Barack Obama which makes it a must-read. The book also portrays the recent history of America weaved into the speeches of Obama. ...see review

  • Nicki Lamirault
    2019-05-13 03:33

    During this time in politics and with the troubles plaguing our government and our nation, it was inspiring to read this book. I know that I will read it again, especially when I'm my most pessimistic feelings. Obama is forever the optimist and he has taught all of us a lesson in believing you can reach for the stars and in acknowledging what a blessing it is even if you only reach the moon. He did great things and suffered disappointments and held the nations hand through tragedies. The speeches included in this book reflect on many of those moments and remind us what a thoughtful, talented and articulate leader Mr. Obama was.

  • Lisa
    2019-04-27 03:44

    This collection of President Barack Obama's speeches during his campaign and presidency had me wishing he were still the President. I like his politics, but even those who don't must admire his articulate, moving writing and delivery of his ideas in these speeches, as well as his great style and wisdom. The speeches are in chronological order, so this book is also wonderful trip through recent history, good and bad. Each speech is preceded by a headnote that describes the circumstances in which it was given. Excellent work by an excellent man and President.

  • Andrea Engle
    2019-04-19 21:34

    This collection of 25 speeches by former President Barack Obama testifies to his magnificent eloquence ... cogently reasoned and pertinent to each occasion, these speeches highlight his wisdom and tolerance ... if only our technology were such that each written document could be accompanied by its videotape ... to end with Obama's mantra: "God bless you. And God bless the United States of America."

  • Jessica
    2019-05-17 02:34

    This was my Presidents Day 2017 read. I purchased because it had both inaugural addresses as well as his farewell address. I was pleased to find it also contained his speech about Sandy Hook and his comments about how Trayvon Martin "could have been my son." Highly recommended.

  • Linda
    2019-05-02 23:45

    It was so nice to have the positive up lifting experience. Rather you were an Obama backer, or not, I think you would find this a boost to your spirits

  • Jeremiah
    2019-05-21 00:45

    I needed this book to serve as an antidote to the current political climate. Obama is one of the few adult males who I respect and look up to as a role model - who inspires me. This book - a collection of his speeches - represents him and his message well. Read it if you need a reminder of what America (and American leadership) can and should be.

  • Kristen
    2019-04-19 22:48

    This is a really good selection of who Obama was as a President, who he is as a person, commentary on our society and what (in his eyes) needs to be done. It's been heartbreaking to read some of the speeches again because of the subject matter (Newtown, for example, had me in tears again) but it's been ultimately very uplifting. He really has hope for the future and a strong belief that most people are innately good. I'm glad I decided to read it!

  • Molloy
    2019-04-22 00:02

    არასდროს მომივიდოდა აზრად მსგავსი წიგნი წამეკითხა, მაგრამ სამწუხაროდ მაჩუქეს :დ ნუ რავიცი ალბათ 30-40 წლის მერე საინტერესო იქნება ისტორიკოსებისთვის, მაგრამ ახლა როცა ისედაც ყველგან ბარაკ ობამაა მის სპიჩების კრებულში საინტერესოს და ახალს რთულად იპოვი.ჰო და კიდე როგორ უნდა მიიღო ეს ყველაფერი გულწრფელად, როცა ვიცი რომ ობამას სიტყვებს ვკითხულობ და მაინც ფრენკ ანდერვუდის სახე მიდგას წინ. :))

  • Courtney
    2019-05-07 21:46

    It's hard and sad and frustrating to read this in our current political climate

  • Mary Louise Sanchez
    2019-05-08 02:33

    A collection of twenty six speeches by Barrack Obama up to September 2017. It was good reading the entire speeches especially since we only got the highlights from the news.

  • Roberta
    2019-04-24 01:02

    This book was my husband's present for Christmas and I can't imagine a better and more timely gift. Much has been written on President Obama's oratory style, but I needed to go back to the source to get some oxygen in these dark times.And what an inspirational collection of speeches I was offered! I really believe President Obama is the greatest orator of our times. The resonance, the depth and the musicality of his speeches are unique and the power of his words so amazing.I enjoyed this book at a level that I cannot say. It was at the same time reinvigorating because of the reminder of a time when an American President used to communicate with more than a tweet, but also terribly depressing because of that contrast and because one may wonder how Obama's America could have left the place to today's America. Reading this book was a journey, both wonderful and painful, as it had been for me reading about the "ten letters a day" last year( the speeches included in this collection struck a chord with me, but three of them spoke to my heart more than the others. The first is the speech he gave at Sandy Hook Elementary School few days after the shooting. I cried so much I could hardly get to the end of it. This is the best example of Obama's compassion, empathy, sincerity. Speaking there was Obama the father, griefing for the loss of a son, and the President, taking the promise to address the issue of gun violence. This was a President who was not afraid of crying in public, during a press conference, when mentioning those kids: his humanity will not be forgotten. The second speech I really loved was the one at Howard University commencement: that was a powerful one! President Obama's optimism, his sense of history, the way he dealt with the racial divide in America, his capacity to inspire the youth… that remains his best legacy for me. And finally, his farewell speech in Chicago, delivered once he knew what would come next and, despite that and despite the threats to democracy, one where he was still able to remain optimist and confident in the ability of American people to bring positive change.The authors of this collection did a good job, both in the choice of the speeches (but I missed the one Obama delivered in Greece towards the end of his presidency) and in the way they presented them, with a short introduction to each of them to put them into context. I must say that I would have preferred a longer introduction, with more of "behind the scene" for each speech (who made the first draft, how much the President changed it, under what circumstances it was conceived...). I learned for example that on the way to Newtown (the weather conditions did not allow him to travel by elicopter, so he travelled by car), he felt that the speech he was supposed to deliver was not what he wanted to say and he rewrote it from scratch, making it the most emotional of all his speeches, one which even the secret service staff listened to with tears. So, all in all, I would give 4 stars to the editorial work and more than 5 stars to the content of the speeches and the idea to collect some of them in a book.The speeches span from when Obama was a senator to the end of his Presidency and what is amazing is to note that the exercise of power did not add one gramme of cynicism to his vision. His values are uncompromised, his optimism untouched, his famous slogan still true.I am not American, I am European. But Presidency Obama is badly missed on this side of the Atlantic as well. I hope that, despite his uncomfortable position right know, he will come back on the political scene. We need his guidance, we need his rhetoric strength, we need his encouraging words, we need his model, today more than ever.

  • chippyvale
    2019-04-25 04:46

    I'd long been an admirer of former President Barack Obama; I jumped at the opportunity to read this when I found a copy at the library. There are several lessons that we can draw on and the book has several inspirational quotes as well. I would give this compilation of his speeches ten stars if I could!

  • Bridget
    2019-05-11 05:00

    He was such an eloquent president and it was a treat to read his articulate remarks and see the continuity of his message from pre-presidency to his farewell speech. I miss him.

  • hater114
    2019-04-24 21:58