James Kloppenberg's Reading Obama is a breathless account of Barack Obama's intellectual heritage. While a great survey of American political history and thought, and laudable in its advocacy of a sophisticated civic republicanism informed by philosophical pragmatism as filtered though Rawls, it is difficult to identify its chosen audience. Further, many of the claims made in the book are less than fully supported in relationship to Obama's current political actions.
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Butler, Brian E.
"Book Review of Reading Obama: Dreams, Hope, and the American Political Tradition,"
Education and Culture:
1, Article 9.
Available at: http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/eandc/vol28/iss1/art9