||In a few short years, Barack Obama went from being a relatively unknown freshman senator from Illinois to the successful candidate for the presidency in the 2008 election. His success is sometimes credited to his ability as a public speaker, as evidenced in his stunning keynote address at the 2004 Democratic convention. THE AUDACITY OF HOPE follows his best-selling DREAMS FROM MY FATHER, and it offers the visionary pragmatism of his speeches and the candor of his memoir. Each chapter is a developed essay, whether he is discussing partisanship in Washington, the values we have in common, or the importance of the Constitution. He also writes on the positive side of public service, the role that opportunity plays in America's economic health, the enduring dilemma of race, America's place in the world order, and last but not least, how he feels about his family. The personal side comes through in all as he tells anecdotes about the people and experiences that influenced his thought, and as he strives to connect equally to America's founding principles, its rich history, and its future, which he believes in and which he will help shape.