The Audacity of Hope

Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

Author: Barack Obama

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 0307382095

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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In July 2004, Barack Obama electrified the Democratic National Convention with an address that spoke to Americans across the political spectrum. One phrase in particular anchored itself in listeners’ minds, a reminder that for all the discord and struggle to be found in our history as a nation, we have always been guided by a dogged optimism in the future, or what Obama called “the audacity of hope.” The Audacity of Hope is Barack Obama’s call for a different brand of politics—a politics for those weary of bitter partisanship and alienated by the “endless clash of armies” we see in congress and on the campaign trail; a politics rooted in the faith, inclusiveness, and nobility of spirit at the heart of “our improbable experiment in democracy.” He explores those forces—from the fear of losing to the perpetual need to raise money to the power of the media—that can stifle even the best-intentioned politician. He also writes, with surprising intimacy and self-deprecating humor, about settling in as a senator, seeking to balance the demands of public service and family life, and his own deepening religious commitment. At the heart of this book is Barack Obama’s vision of how we can move beyond our divisions to tackle concrete problems. He examines the growing economic insecurity of American families, the racial and religious tensions within the body politic, and the transnational threats—from terrorism to pandemic—that gather beyond our shores. And he grapples with the role that faith plays in a democracy—where it is vital and where it must never intrude. Underlying his stories about family, friends, and members of the Senate is a vigorous search for connection: the foundation for a radically hopeful political consensus. A public servant and a lawyer, a professor and a father, a Christian and a skeptic, and above all a student of history and human nature, Barack Obama has written a book of transforming power. Only by returning to the principles that gave birth to our Constitution, he says, can Americans repair a political process that is broken, and restore to working order a government that has fallen dangerously out of touch with millions of ordinary Americans. Those Americans are out there, he writes—“waiting for Republicans and Democrats to catch up with them.” From the Hardcover edition.


Zeigt Gesicht!

Author: Barack Obama,Michelle Obama

Publisher: Ullstein Buchverlage

ISBN: 3843716668

Category: Political Science

Page: 64

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In ihren leidenschaftlichen und eindringlichen Abschiedsreden richten sich Barack und Michelle Obama an ihr Land und die ganze Welt. Sie sprechen an, worauf es ankommt im Leben und in der Politik und warum wir auch in schwierigen Zeiten Grund zur Hoffnung haben. Und Sie fordern uns auf, unsere Werte, Pflichten und Chancen als Bürger nie aus den Augen zu verlieren. Freiheit, Demokratie, Offenheit, Gerechtigkeit und Bildung für alle – dies alles macht eine funktionierende Gesellschaft aus. Doch wir müssen uns täglich dafür engagieren! Dann erst können wir einzelne Dinge und ein ganzes Land zum Besseren ändern.

Leadership in Krisen

Author: Laurent F. Carrel

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 9783834926227

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 416

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Der Krisenexperte Laurent F. Carrel zeigt anhand von Führungsrichtlinien und Kernfragen, wie es gelingt, enorme Herausforderungen, krisenhafte Situationen und tiefgreifende Veränderungsprozesse erfolgreich zu meistern. Die vorgestellten Instrumente zum besseren Verständnis von Krisen lassen sich direkt umsetzen. Das Buch ermutigt den Leser zur Aktion, um Hindernisse besser zu überwinden und in schwierigen Situationen frühzeitig zu handeln.

Entscheidungen

Author: Hillary Rodham Clinton

Publisher: Droemer eBook

ISBN: 3426437716

Category: Fiction

Page: 912

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Seit mehr als zwanzig Jahren steht Hillary Rodham Clinton im Rampenlicht der internationalen Politik – zunächst als First Lady im Weißen Haus, dann als Senatorin des Bundesstaates New York und schließlich als Außenministerin im Kabinett von Barack Obama. Nun bewirbt sie sich für die Demokraten als Kandidatin für die nächste Präsidentschaft. In ihrem so politischen wie persönlichen Buch schildert Clinton Hintergründe und Zusammenhänge der wichtigsten politischen Ereignisse und formuliert ihre Vorstellungen von der Rolle, die die Vereinigten Staaten angesichts der globalen Herausforderungen spielen sollte.

Praxishandbuch Krisenkommunikation

Von Ackermann bis Zumwinkel: PR-Störfälle und ihre Lektionen

Author: Daniela Puttenat

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3834982563

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 181

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Wie entsteht eigentlich eine PR-Krise? Was muss passieren – oder unterlassen werden –, bis es zum „PR-GAU“ kommt? Die Autorin untersucht zahlreiche Störfälle aus der jüngeren, insbesondere deutschen Vergangenheit, zeigt typische Muster und Gemeinsamkeiten, aber auch Besonderheiten der einzelnen Beispiele auf. Der Leser erfährt dabei auf unterhaltsame wie lehrreiche Weise, welche kommunikativen Stolpersteine es gibt - und wie er diese umgehen kann. Und wenn es zu spät sein sollte: Hinter jeder Krise steht die Chance für eine verbesserte Kommunikation.

Has God Spoken?

Proof of the Bible?s Divine Inspiration

Author: Hank Hanegraaff

Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc

ISBN: 0849919703

Category: Religion

Page: 382

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Compelling evidence that the Bible is God's Holy Word. Using the memorable acronym MAPS, radio host and Bible scholar Hank Hanegraaff masterfully reveals four proofs that confirm the divine origin of the Bible. M represents the strength of the manuscript itself as many actual fragments have been located A stands for the archaeological proofs that have been uncovered P is for the prophecy that has accurately predicted events S represents the scriptural synergy found in the unity, consistency, and harmony of the sixty-six books These clearly presented proofs provide powerful indicators that confirm the trustworthiness and divine nature of Scripture, that God has indeed spoken, and that the Bible is the reliable repository of His words.

America's Race Matters

Returning the Gifts of Race and Color

Author: Paul R. Lehman

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1465380442

Category: Philosophy

Page: 120

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This book questions the concept of multiple races and discusses the conflicts and confusion resulting from its unclear definition; it discusses the concepts of race today and in the future, making a clear distinction between the words race and ethnicity. References and examples from society, current U.S. Government information, popular fictional and non-fictional works are used in addressing race matters. A vision for America addressing the race problem in a sensible, rational, and realistic fashion is offered.

Political Agendas for Education

From Change We Can Believe In to Putting America First

Author: Joel Spring

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135237042

Category: Education

Page: 208

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Bringing up-to-date Joel Spring’s ongoing documentation and analysis of political agendas for education in the US, the fourth edition of Political Agendas for Education focuses on the Republican and Democratic parties in the 2008 national election and post-2008 election era, considered within the context of the evolution of the Republican and Democratic education agendas.

Taking Liberties

The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy

Author: Susan N. Herman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199911983

Category: Political Science

Page: 296

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In this eye-opening work, the president of the ACLU takes a hard look at the human and social costs of the War on Terror. Over a decade after 9/11, it is far from clear that the government's hastily adopted antiterrorist tactics--such as the Patriot Act--are keeping us safe, but it is increasingly clear that these emergency measures in fact have the potential to ravage our lives--and have already done just that to countless Americans. From the Oregon lawyer falsely suspected of involvement with terrorism in Spain to the former University of Idaho football player arrested on the pretext that he was needed as a "material witness" (though he was never called to testify), this book is filled with unsettling stories of ordinary people caught in the government's dragnet. These are not just isolated mistakes in an otherwise sound program, but demonstrations of what can happen when our constitutional protections against government abuse are abandoned. Whether it's running a chat room, contributing to a charity, or even urging a terrorist group to forego its violent tactics, activities that should be protected by the First Amendment can now lead to prosecution. Blacklists and watchlists keep people grounded at airports and strand American citizens abroad, although these lists are rife with errors--errors that cannot be challenged. National Security Letters allow the FBI to demand records about innocent people from libraries, financial institutions, and internet service providers without ever going to court. Government databanks now brim with information about every aspect of our private lives, while efforts to mount legal challenges to these measures have been stymied. Barack Obama, like George W. Bush, relies on secrecy and exaggerated claims of presidential prerogative to keep the courts and Congress from fully examining whether these laws and policies are constitutional, effective, or even counterproductive. Democracy itself is undermined. This book is a wake-up call for all Americans, who remain largely unaware of the post-9/11 surveillance regime's insidious and continuing growth.

Hope in the Age of Anxiety

Author: Anthony Scioli,Henry Biller

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199758573

Category: Self-Help

Page: 440

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Economic collapse, poverty, disease, natural disasters, the constant threat of community unrest and international terrorism--a quick look at any newspaper is enough to cause almost anyone to feel trapped and desperate. Yet the recent election also revealed a growing search for hope spreading through society. In the timely Hope in the Age of Anxiety, Anthony Scioli and Henry Biller illuminate the nature of hope and offer a multitude of techniques designed to improve the lives of individuals, and bring more light into the world. In this fascinating and humane book, Scioli and Biller reveal the ways in which human beings acquire and make use of hope. Hope in the Age of Anxiety is meant to be a definitive guide. The evolutionary, biological, and cultural roots of hope are covered along with the seven kinds of hope found in the world's religions. Just as vital, the book provides many personal tools for addressing the major challenges of the human condition: fear, loss, illness, and death. Some of the key areas illuminated in Hope in the Age of Anxiety: How do you build and sustain hope in trying times? How can hope help you to achieve your life goals? How can hope improve your relationships with others? How can hope aid your recovery from trauma or illness? How does hope relate to spirituality? Hope in the Age of Anxiety identifies the skills needed to cultivate hope, and offers suggestions for using these capacities to realize your life goals, support health and healing, strengthen relationships, enhance spirituality, and inoculate yourself against the despair that engulfs many individuals.

The Power of Glamour

Longing and the Art of Visual Persuasion

Author: Virginia Postrel

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476718873

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

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In provocative detail with more than one hundred illustrations, critically acclaimed author Virginia Postrel separates glamour from glitz, revealing what qualities make a person, an object, a setting, or an experience glamorous. What is it that creates that pleasurable pang of desire—the feeling of “if only”? If only I could wear those clothes, belong to that group, drive that car, live in that house, be (or be with) that person? Postrel identifies the three essential elements in all forms of glamour and explains how they work to create a distinctive sensation of projection and yearning. The Power of Glamour is the very first book to explain what glamour really is—not just style or a personal quality but a phenomenon that reveals our inner lives and shapes our decisions, large and small. By embodying the promise of a different and better self in different and better circumstances, glamour stokes ambition and nurtures hope, even as it fosters sometimes-dangerous illusions. From vacation brochures to military recruiting ads, from the Chrysler Building to the iPad, from political utopias to action heroines, Postrel argues that glamour is a seductive cultural force. Its magic stretches beyond the stereotypical spheres of fashion or film, influencing our decisions about what to buy, where to live, which careers to pursue, where to invest, and how to vote. The result is myth shattering: a revelatory theory that explains how glamour became a powerful form of nonverbal persuasion, one that taps into our most secret dreams and deepest yearnings to influence our everyday choices.

Hoffnung wagen

Gedanken zur Rückbesinnung auf den American Dream

Author: Barack Obama

Publisher: Goldmann Verlag

ISBN: 3641224241

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 480

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Persönlich, glaubwürdig, visionär – Ansichten und Standpunkte des politischen Hoffnungsträgers der USA vor seiner Wahl 2008 Wie US-Senator Barack Obama im Wahljahr 2008 Millionen Menschen für sich gewann, ist Legende. Zu seinem schnell aufsteigenden Stern in hohem Maße beigetragen hat sein zuvor erschienenes Buch »Hoffnung wagen« (»The Audacity of Hope«). Hier präsentierte Obama sich als Mann der Integration, als Liberaler im positiven Sinn mit klaren Positionen. Uns allen machte er Hoffnung auf eine Renaissance des »besseren Amerika«. Nicht wenige wünschen sich Barack Obama heute sehnsüchtig zurück ins Weiße Haus.

Die Aussenpolitik der USA

Präsident Obamas neuer Kurs und die Zukunft der transatlantischen Beziehungen

Author: Reinhard Meier-Walser

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Political Science

Page: 448

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Farbenblind

Author: Trevor Noah

Publisher: Karl Blessing Verlag

ISBN: 364120643X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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Trevor Noah kam 1984 im Township Soweto als Sohn einer Xhosa und eines Schweizers zur Welt. Zu einer Zeit, da das südafrikanische Apartheidsregime „gemischtrassige“ Beziehungen weiterhin unter Strafe stellte. Als Kind, das es nicht geben durfte, erlebte er Armut und systematischen Rassismus, aber auch die mutige Auflehnung seiner "farbenblinden" Eltern, die einfallsreich versuchten, Trennungen zwischen Ethnien und Geschlechtern zu überwinden. Heute ist er ein international gefeierter Comedian, der die legendäre "The Daily Show" in den USA leitet und weltweit – ob Sydney, Dubai, Toronto, San Francisco oder Berlin – in ausverkauften Sälen auftritt. In "Farbenblind" erzählt Trevor Noah ebenso feinsinnig wie komisch in achtzehn Geschichten von seinem Aufwachsen in Südafrika, das den ganzen Aberwitz der Apartheid bündelt: warum ihn seine Mutter aus einem fahrenden Minibus warf, um Gottes Willen zu erfüllen, welche Musik er für einen tanzenden Hitler aufzulegen pflegte, um sein erstes Geld zu verdienen, und wie ihn eine Überwachungskamera, die nicht einmal zwischen Schwarz und Weiß unterscheiden konnte, vor dem Gefängnis bewahrte.

Barack Obama and the Rhetoric of Hope

Author: Mark S. Ferrara

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476603391

Category: History

Page: 204

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The historical and literary antecedents of the President’s campaign rhetoric can be traced to the utopian traditions of the Western world. The “rhetoric of hope” is a form of political discourse characterized by a forward-looking vision of social progress brought about by collective effort and adherence to shared values (including discipline, temperance, a strong work ethic, self-reliance and service to the community). By combining his own personal story (as the biracial son of a white mother from Kansas and a black father from Kenya) with national mythologies like the American Dream, Obama creates a persona that embodies the moral values and cultural mythos of his implied audience. In doing so, he draws upon the Classical world, Judeo-Christianity, the European Enlightenment, the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, the presidencies of Jefferson, Lincoln, and FDR, slave narratives, the Black church, the civil rights movement and even popular culture.

Wir brauchen neue Namen

Roman

Author: NoViolet Bulawayo

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3518739174

Category: Fiction

Page: 264

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Die zehnjährige Darling lebt im Chaos einer Blechhüttensiedlung. Paradise heißt ihr Zuhause, und fast alles fehlt: der Vater, die Schule, der Fernseher oder auch nur genug zu essen. Doch hier lassen einen die Erwachsenen in Ruhe, die Entwicklungshelfer verschenken Spielzeug, und in ganz Afrika kann man nirgendwo besser Guaven klauen. Für alle anderen ist Paradise ein Scherbenhaufen aus zerbrochenen Träumen, für Darling der einzige Ort, der ihr ans Herz gewachsen ist. Gerade als Darling anfängt zu verstehen, wird sie von ihrer Tante in den USA fortgerissen. Üppiges Essen, der Fernseher, die Schule – das alles ist bald selbstverständlich, nur steht sie im neuen Paradies bald vor ihrer größten Aufgabe ... Wir brauchen neue Namen erzählt von den Abenteuern eines Mädchens an einem unwirtlichen Ort in Afrika. NoViolet Bulawayo verleiht ihrer Heldin dabei eine einzigartige Stimme, die trotz allem beharrlich Lust am Leben versprüht. Und am Ende steht eine Geschichte, deren Reizen man sich nicht entziehen kann – saftig und bittersüß, genau wie Darlings geliebte Guaven.

»Neger, Neger, Schornsteinfeger!«

Meine Kindheit in Deutschland

Author: Hans J. Massaquoi

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104002991

Category: History

Page: 416

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***Spannend wie ein Abenteuerroman*** Als Sohn einer weißen Mutter und eines schwarzen Vaters wächst Hans-Jürgen Massaquoi in großbürgerlichen Verhältnissen in Hamburg auf. Doch eines Tages verlässt der Vater das Land. Hans-Jürgen und seine Mutter bleiben zurück und ziehen in ein Arbeiterviertel. Als die Nazis die Macht übernehmen, verändert sich ihr Leben grundlegend ... Hans J. Massaquoi beschreibt in seiner außergewöhnlichen Autobiographie seine Kindheit und Jugend zwischen 1926 und 1948 als einer der wenigen schwarzen Deutschen in diesem Land.