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The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream is the second book written by then Senator (now President of the United States) Barack Obama. In the fall of 2006 it became number one on both the New York Times and bestsellers lists after Obama was endorsed by Oprah Winfrey. In the book, Obama expounds on many of the subjects that became part of his 2008 campaign for the Presidency. The book advance from the publisher totalled $1.9 million contracted for three books. Obama announced his ultimately successful presidential campaign on February 10, 2007, a little less than three months after the book's release.


The title of The Audacity of Hope was derived from a sermon delivered by Obama's former pastor, Jeremiah Wright.While a Senate candidate, Obama delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic Convention, entitled The Audacity of Hope that propelled him to national prominence. In the less than twenty minutes it took to deliver the speech, Obama was catapulted to sudden fame, with many analysts predicting that he might be well positioned to enter a future presidential race. In 2006, Obama released The Audacity of Hope, a book-length account that expanded upon many of the same themes he originally addressed in the convention speech.

In his speech addressing the Democratic National Convention in 2004, Obama said:


A "political biography that concentrates on the senator's core values," according to the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times noted that "Mr. Obama’s new book, ‘The Audacity of Hope’ ... is much more of a political document. Portions of the volume read like outtakes from a stump speech, and the bulk of it is devoted to laying out Mr. Obama’s policy positions on a host of issues, from education to health care to the war in Iraq".

The Chicago Tribune credits the large crowds that gathered at book signings with influencing Obama's decision to run for president. Former presidential candidate Gary Hart describes the book as Obama's "thesis submission" for the U.S. presidency: "It presents a man of relative youth yet maturity, a wise observer of the human condition, a figure who possesses perseverance and writing skills that have flashes of grandeur." Reviewer Michael Tomasky writes that it does not contain "boldly innovative policy prescriptions that will lead the Democrats out of their wilderness," but does show Obama's potential to "construct a new politics that is progressive but grounded in civic traditions that speak to a wider range of Americans."

An Italian edition was published in April 2007 with a preface by Walter Veltroni, former Mayor of Romemarker, currently leader of Italymarker's Democratic Party and one of Obama's earliest supporters overseas, who met the Obama in Washington in 2005 and has been referred to as "Obama's European counterpart."

Spanish and German translations were published in June 2007; the French edition, subtitled une nouvelle conception de la politique américaine, was published in October 2007. The Croatian edition was published in October 2008.

The book remained on the New York Times Best Seller list for the 30 weeks since publication. The audiobook version won the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album.

Versions and translations

  • English: The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream,
    • hardcover Crown (October 17, 2006), ISBN 978-030-723-769-9
    • audio CD: RH Audio; Abridged edition (October 17, 2006), ISBN 978-073-933-408-9
    • large print Random House Large Print (November 7, 2006), ISBN 978-073-932-665-7
  • Albanian: Marin Barleti University Press, (November 17, 2008) [367724]
  • Chinese: translated by Luo Xuanmin, Jing Wang and Yin Yin Law Press at Beijing, (August 25, 2008), ISBN 978-750-368-690-0 [367725]
  • Catalan: L'audàcia de l'esperança. Ed Mina (Barcelona, 2008) ISBN 978-84-96499-99-7
  • Danish: Mod til at håbe. Tanker om generobringen af den amerikanske drøm, translated by Niels Ivar Larsen, Information 2008, ISBN 978-877-514-195-1
  • Dutch: De herovering van de Amerikaanse droom, Atlas (Amsterdam), (2007), ISBN 978-904-501-380-0
  • French: L'audace d'espérer: une nouvelle conception de la politique américaine, Presses de la Cité, (April 5, 2007) 368 p., ISBN 978-225-807-451-4
  • German: Hoffnung wagen. Gedanken zur Rückbesinnung auf den American Dream, Riemann Verlag, (April 5, 2007), 466 p., ISBN 978-357-050-081-1 [367726]
  • Greek: Τολμώ να ελπίζω : σκέψεις για την ανάκτηση του Αμερικανικού ονείρου, translated by Royla Kokolioy, Polis (Athēna), (2008) 467 p., ISBN 978-960-435-168-8
  • Indonesian Menerjang harapan : dari Jakarta menuju Gedung Putih, Ufuk Press, Jakarta, Indonesiamarker, (2007), ISBN
  • Italian: l'Audacia della speranza, traduttore: Laura Cecilia Dapelli, Lorenza Lanza, Patrizia Vicentini, Introduttore: Walter Veltroni, ISBN 978-881-701-658-2
  • Japanese: Gasshūkoku saisei : ōinaru kibō o idaite(合衆国再生 : 大いなる希望を抱いて), translated by Shikō Tanahashi, Kaedeshoten : Daiyamondosha, (Tokyo, Japanmarker), (2007), ISBN 9784478003534 447800353X
  • Korean: Barack Obama, Damdaehan huimang(버락 오바마, 담대한 희망), translated by 홍수원, Random House Korea, (2007), ISBN 978-89-255-1105-4
  • Polish : Odwaga nadziei : [moja droga życiowa, wartości i ideały polityczne], translated by Grzegorz Kołodziejczyk, Wydawn Albatros A. Kuryłowicz (Warszawa), (2008), ISBN 978-837-359-801-0
  • Russian: Derzost' Nadezhdy (October 2008) ISBN 978-5-395-00209-9 [367727] [367728]
  • Spanish: La audacia de la esperanza: Reflexiones sobre cómo restaurar el sueño americano, translated by Claudia Casanova and Juan Elroy Roca, Knopf Publishing Group (June 19, 2007), ISBN 978-030-738-711-0
  • Swedish: Att våga hoppas : tankar om den amerikanska drömmen, translated by Thomas Engström, Bonnier (Stockholm), (2008), ISBN 978-910-011-807-5
  • Vietnamese: Hy vọng táo bạo : suy nghĩ vè̂ việc tìm lại giá̂c mơ Mỹ, translated by Hà̆ng Nguyẽ̂n, Nhà xuá̂t bản Trẻ (Thành phó̂ Hò̂ Chí Minh), (2008), OCLC 298347843


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