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Excruciating scholarly adoration.

6:56 PM, Aug 19, 2010 • By PHILIP TERZIAN
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We might as well enjoy this sort of excruciating scholarly adoration of Barack Obama before the November elections, at least. This is from a new Princeton University Press release on 'Reading Obama: Dreams, Hope, and the American Political Tradition' by James T. Kloppenberg:

In 'Reading Obama,' [James T.] Kloppenberg reveals the source of Obama's commitment to democratic deliberation: the books he has read, the visionaries who have inspired him, the social movements and personal struggles that have shaped his thinking and his own memoirs. Kloppenberg leads us through Obama's formative study of Nietzsche and Niebuhr, Ellison and Rawls, and recent theorists engaged in debates about feminism, critical race theory, and cultural norms .... Kloppenberg shows the president's sophisticated understanding of American history. 'Reading Obama' reveals the president's keen interest in compromise, reasoned public debate, and the patient nurturing of civility as a sign of strength, not weakness. What emerges front and center is Obama's position on social justice, religion, race, family, and America's role in the world, stemming not from a desire to please everyone but from deeply rooted conviction about how a democracy must deal with difference and conflict.

It’s worth noting: Kloppenberg is the Charles Warren Professor of American History, and chairman of the History Department, at Harvard.

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