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The Audio Book Club returns with a spirited discussion of Barack Obama's The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream. Slate critic-at-large Stephen Metcalf, culture editor Julia Turner, and chief political correspondent John Dickerson compare Obama's authorial voice with the cadences of Obama the candidate. Is Obama too complicated for presidential politics? Which parts of the book soar and which fall flat? Is The Audacity of Hope just another campaign memoir? The 65-minute conversation explores these and many other questions.
If you'd like to get an early start on the next book-club selection, we've chosen Dennis Johnson's novel Tree of Smoke, which recently won the National Book Award for Fiction. Watch for—and listen to—our Audio Book Club about Tree of Smoke in late December.
You can also listen to any of our previous club meetings by clicking on the links below *:
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
The House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton
Independence Day, by Richard Ford
The Emperor's Children, by Claire Messud
The Omnivore's Dilemma, by Michael Pollan
Beloved, by Toni Morrison
Everyman, by Philip Roth
Saturday, by Ian McEwan
The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion
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