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

We have been given the first partial, though still substantive, look at Obama’s words, and it is a political partisan’s dream to see them so finely gathered here, says Washington Post about this book.

We Are the Change We Seek (Bloomsbury, Price Rs 399) is a collection of Barack Obama’s greatest addresses, beginning with his 2002 speech opposing the Iraq War and closing with his emotional farewell address in Chicago in January 2017. 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’s unique rhetorical style could simultaneously speak to the national mood and change the course of public events. Obama’s enduring , both written and spoken, propelled him to international 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.

The book is being published a decade following Obama’s election in 2008, when nostalgia for Obama will be at its height.

Editors E.J. Dionne and Joy Reid are correspondents for major media outlets in the US with unique and expert insight.

E.J. Dionne, Jr. is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post, and a university professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture at Georgetown University. He is the author of six books. The most recent are Why the Right Went Wrong: Conservatism – From Goldwater to Trump and Beyond, published by Simon & Schuster in 2016, and Our Divided Political Heart, published by Bloomsbury in 2012.

Joy-Ann (Joy) Reid is a political analyst and the host of “AM Joy” which airs weekend mornings on MSNBC. She is the author of Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide, published by William Morrow in September 2015, and released in paperback in September 2016.

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