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Two longtime friends share an intimate and urgent conversation about life, music, and their enduring love of America, with all its challenges and contradictions, in this stunningly produced expansion of their groundbreaking Higher Ground podcast, featuring more than 350 photographs, exclusive bonus content, and never-before-seen archival material. Renegades: Born in the US Two longtime friends share an intimate and urgent conversation about life, music, and their enduring love of America, with all its challenges and contradictions, in this stunningly produced expansion of their groundbreaking Higher Ground podcast, featuring more than 350 photographs, exclusive bonus content, and never-before-seen archival material. Renegades: Born in the USA is a candid, revealing, and entertaining dialogue between President Barack Obama and legendary musician Bruce Springsteen that explores everything from their origin stories and career-defining moments to our country’s polarized politics and the growing distance between the American Dream and the American reality. Filled with full-color photographs and rare archival material, it is a compelling and beautifully illustrated portrait of two outsiders—one Black and one white—looking for a way to connect their unconventional searches for meaning, identity, and community with the American story itself. It includes: • Original introductions by President Obama and Bruce Springsteen • Exclusive new material from the Renegades podcast recording sessions • Obama’s never-before-seen annotated speeches, including his “Remarks at the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Marches” • Springsteen’s handwritten lyrics for songs spanning his 50-year-long career • Rare and exclusive photographs from the authors’ personal archives • Historical photographs and documents that provide rich visual context for their conversation In a recording studio stocked with dozens of guitars, and on at least one Corvette ride, Obama and Springsteen discuss marriage and fatherhood, race and masculinity, the lure of the open road and the call back to home. They also compare notes on their favorite protest songs, the most inspiring American heroes of all time, and more. Along the way, they reveal their passion for—and the occasional toll of—telling a bigger, truer story about America throughout their careers, and explore how our fractured country might begin to find its way back toward unity and global leadership.


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Two longtime friends share an intimate and urgent conversation about life, music, and their enduring love of America, with all its challenges and contradictions, in this stunningly produced expansion of their groundbreaking Higher Ground podcast, featuring more than 350 photographs, exclusive bonus content, and never-before-seen archival material. Renegades: Born in the US Two longtime friends share an intimate and urgent conversation about life, music, and their enduring love of America, with all its challenges and contradictions, in this stunningly produced expansion of their groundbreaking Higher Ground podcast, featuring more than 350 photographs, exclusive bonus content, and never-before-seen archival material. Renegades: Born in the USA is a candid, revealing, and entertaining dialogue between President Barack Obama and legendary musician Bruce Springsteen that explores everything from their origin stories and career-defining moments to our country’s polarized politics and the growing distance between the American Dream and the American reality. Filled with full-color photographs and rare archival material, it is a compelling and beautifully illustrated portrait of two outsiders—one Black and one white—looking for a way to connect their unconventional searches for meaning, identity, and community with the American story itself. It includes: • Original introductions by President Obama and Bruce Springsteen • Exclusive new material from the Renegades podcast recording sessions • Obama’s never-before-seen annotated speeches, including his “Remarks at the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Marches” • Springsteen’s handwritten lyrics for songs spanning his 50-year-long career • Rare and exclusive photographs from the authors’ personal archives • Historical photographs and documents that provide rich visual context for their conversation In a recording studio stocked with dozens of guitars, and on at least one Corvette ride, Obama and Springsteen discuss marriage and fatherhood, race and masculinity, the lure of the open road and the call back to home. They also compare notes on their favorite protest songs, the most inspiring American heroes of all time, and more. Along the way, they reveal their passion for—and the occasional toll of—telling a bigger, truer story about America throughout their careers, and explore how our fractured country might begin to find its way back toward unity and global leadership.

30 review for Renegades: Born in the USA

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    I'm guessing the two reviews who gave 1 star did not bother to read the book and are of opposing political leanings. I'm guessing the two reviews who gave 1 star did not bother to read the book and are of opposing political leanings.

  2. 4 out of 5

    MicheleReader

    Very well done. A lovely friendship. Enjoyed their stories and their way with words. The two have so much in common. Difficult relationships with their fathers. Strong mothers. Wonderful wives and children. Both men would have made excellent preachers and in a way that's what they are now. Rated 4.25 stars. Very well done. A lovely friendship. Enjoyed their stories and their way with words. The two have so much in common. Difficult relationships with their fathers. Strong mothers. Wonderful wives and children. Both men would have made excellent preachers and in a way that's what they are now. Rated 4.25 stars.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Brian Willis

    A superb interchange of surprisingly confluent influences and life experiences. The book is a "coffee table" type book of larger dimensions and ample illustrations and photographs. It is a transcript of the unexpected podcast between the former POTUS and the Boss. Stream it on Podify and read along! It is expanded slightly and cleaned up syntactically for the sake of clarity, but the conversation is still an integral one. Yes, they talk about politics and the importance of music in American societ A superb interchange of surprisingly confluent influences and life experiences. The book is a "coffee table" type book of larger dimensions and ample illustrations and photographs. It is a transcript of the unexpected podcast between the former POTUS and the Boss. Stream it on Podify and read along! It is expanded slightly and cleaned up syntactically for the sake of clarity, but the conversation is still an integral one. Yes, they talk about politics and the importance of music in American society. They also center whole broadcasts/chapters around the role of money in American society and the way forward in 2021. I was moved by their two discussions on their own distant fathers and the role of masculinity, sometimes toxic, in current society and very moved by how their own fatherhood transformed their lives. For two integral Americans who are "past their prime" but are looking back on the lessons learned and their ongoing importance, it is fascinating. It helps to be a fan of the duo of course. You probably already know if you want to read this based on your view of the two authors, but it is a very rational, profound, and clear eyed view of America and roots without political obfuscation. What a delight and a treasured book release.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sannie

    Are you terrible at listening podcasts like I am, but you also desperately wanted to know what Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen talked about in their podcast, Renegades: Born in the USA? Because if that describes you, then this book is just for you. But seriously, I suck at listening at podcasts. I can "listen" for 20 minutes, not absorb a single minute, and will have to go back and listen again. When Obama and Springsteen announced they were doing a podcast, I was hoping that they would relea Are you terrible at listening podcasts like I am, but you also desperately wanted to know what Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen talked about in their podcast, Renegades: Born in the USA? Because if that describes you, then this book is just for you. But seriously, I suck at listening at podcasts. I can "listen" for 20 minutes, not absorb a single minute, and will have to go back and listen again. When Obama and Springsteen announced they were doing a podcast, I was hoping that they would release the transcripts so I could read it. Here's my wish come true. I am assuming that Renegades: Born in the USA is one-to-one the podcast, just in written form, with the addition of annotated speeches, lyrics, and lots of photos both from personal archives and historical ones. I don't think it's truncated, but as I haven't heard the podcast, I can't really judge. However, the format is the conversation itself, which reads really quickly and easily. I really liked having the visuals in addition to the text as it added detail and made the conversation more vivid. The content is organized based on topics: how they became friends, race in the US, American music, traveling and finding home, money and the American dream and self-worth, their relationships with their fathers and thoughts on masculinity, their own experiences with fatherhood, and what the future for the US looks like. Having read both Dreams from my Father from Obama and Born to Run from Springsteen, I was familiar with both of their stories and it was fascinating to see how they found commonality in their own life experience, despite being men of different generations, races, and growing up on complete opposite sides of the country. I especially enjoyed their talks on their relationships with their fathers and then their own experiences with fatherhood. Despite their status, their struggles are just like everyone else's. The fact that they found things in common in their lives is obviously the point of this podcast and book. The idea that we are all Americans despite where we come from and who we are is the point that they are trying to drive home. And even over being American, we are all human. I love that these two men that I admire have this beautiful friendship, but knowing that their politics are closely aligned makes it a bit of a hard sell in these divided times. I understand why they wanted to do it, and I really enjoyed it, but I think if they had had these conversations with one or two other men whose politics don't align completely with their own, then it would've had more of an impact. I think the best way to experience Renegades: Born in the USA would probably be to listen to the podcast while reading along and seeing the images at the same time. Alas, that would take a lot of time and I'm not sure I would do it, but nevertheless, I really enjoyed reading it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kasa Cotugno

    Conversations between two men that I revere, what more could be said. Beautifully, generously photographed, they discuss the differences in their lives but their amazing friendship thanks to "similarities in the moral shape of our lives...". Fatherhood, respect for their partners who are partners in the very essence of the word, hopes and fears for the future. And one of the best lines to appear in print: "I think that one of the hardest things, whether it's as an adult in our own individual liv Conversations between two men that I revere, what more could be said. Beautifully, generously photographed, they discuss the differences in their lives but their amazing friendship thanks to "similarities in the moral shape of our lives...". Fatherhood, respect for their partners who are partners in the very essence of the word, hopes and fears for the future. And one of the best lines to appear in print: "I think that one of the hardest things, whether it's as an adult in our own individual lives or as a nation, is figuring out it if is possible for you to see the wrong in people without negating everything about them."

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carol Storm

    SPRUCE: Well, folks, here we are. Two real American renegades! I'm Spruce Bingsteen, the kid from New Jersey who picked up a guitar and became a millionaire just by believing in the hopes and dreams of ordinary people like you. And this guy . . . BOMAMA: Well, I'm not that cool. I'm just a kid from Hawaii who took a few law classes and won a few elections. I'm Bomama Yomama, the former President of the United States. SPRUCE: So cool, so cool! You know, folks are asking, Bomama, when you were runni SPRUCE: Well, folks, here we are. Two real American renegades! I'm Spruce Bingsteen, the kid from New Jersey who picked up a guitar and became a millionaire just by believing in the hopes and dreams of ordinary people like you. And this guy . . . BOMAMA: Well, I'm not that cool. I'm just a kid from Hawaii who took a few law classes and won a few elections. I'm Bomama Yomama, the former President of the United States. SPRUCE: So cool, so cool! You know, folks are asking, Bomama, when you were running for president in 2012 . . . BOMAMA: Actually, I was already president. I was running for reelection in 2012. I wanted a second term. SPRUCE: Right, right. The first black president was a two term president, very cool! Anyway, people are wondering, how come at all those campaign rallies, when the crowds were cheering, and the balloons were flying, and the music was really pumping, how come your people kept playing that lame U2 song? You know, the stupid one about Anne Hathaway going to Paris. BOMAMA: I think you're referring to 'The City of Blinding Lights.' SPRUCE: Right, right. It was on the Devil Wears Prada soundtrack. Now that's what I call a great rock and roll album! Only I kind of wondered, with you being, well, you know . . . BOMAMA: Black. SPRUCE: Yeah, that's it, black! So being black, you must have grown up listening to much better music than U2. I mean, why not kick off your campaign rallies with 'Papa's Got a Brand New Bag' by James Brown? Or 'Dancing in the Streets' by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas? Or 'Hold On, I'm Coming' by Sam and Dave? BOMAMA: Those are classic songs, Spruce. But they come from when you were a teenager, more than half a century ago. For my 2012 campaign, we were looking for a song with mainstream appeal. We needed something suitable for a broader audience. SPRUCE: So basically, you didn't want to scare away the white folks. Playing U2 at your rallies was like promising not to act too black if you won. BOMAMA: Something like that. But the bottom line here is that I won the election. I got my second term. Any song that helped me to do that is a good song. SPRUCE: So you're really not a U2 fan. BOMAMA: Is anybody really a U2 fan? SPRUCE: Well, if you look at their politics . . . and where they stand on the issues . . . BOMAMA: Yeah, that's what I thought. Now let me ask you a question, Spruce. If I play white music at my campaign rallies, that makes me a sellout, right? I'm pretending to be white. But if you play black music at your concerts, what does that make you? SPRUCE: Man, I love black music! For forty years, I've played 'Quarter to Three' by U.S. Bonds at every show I've ever done. And when I was campaigning for John Kerry in 2004, I played 'War' by Edwin Starr. It doesn't matter what color you are in rock and roll. Rock and roll has no color. BOMAMA: Right on. That's why you're worth fifty million dollars and Florence Ballard of the Supremes died on welfare. SPRUCE: Hey, that's not on me. That's on Berry Gordy! BOMAMA: Berry Gordy founded Motown Records to make money. He never pretended to care about anything else. SPRUCE: You think all this is just about money? Listen, I've made ten times more money, a hundred times more money, playing rock and roll than Chuck Berry or Little Richard ever did. Most of my fans have never heard of them. But they spend hours chanting my name while I play the old hits. That's not me profiting from racism. That's me fighting to keep their dreams alive! BOMAMA: You sure are good to us, Boss. We sure are grateful! SPRUCE: Hey, you know who's really grateful? Those troops you sent to Afghanistan. Remember them? Some of those guys did not come back. And the ones that did come back were never the same. To me, it really brought back memories of Vietnam. Your good buddy Dr. Martin Luther King opposed that war, by the way. Some fine black leaders told him to keep quiet. He said he'd rather take a bullet than sell out his people, the American people. But enough tired Sixties nostalgia. These are better days, right? You ran for president like MLK, but you ran the war like LBJ. BOMAMA: Now wait a minute! Afghanistan was a holdover from the previous administration. I met with the top generals in the Pentagon, and they assured me that a surge was necessary. I was swayed by the expert advice of experienced commanders. SPRUCE: Yassuh, General, I give you meat for the meat grinder. Ole Bomama, he wants a second term! BOMAMA: You a mean, lying white-trash cracker! SPRUCE: You a mean, murdering black baby-killer! BOMAMA AND SPRUCE: But we're both real American renegades!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy D Lucas

    This unshakably beautiful portrait, of Springsteen and Obama, is one of the most visceral books I’ve ever taken time to read—or better yet, experience. Every crucial line of every crucial discussion is embroidered with photos that evoke an honest consideration of America, exhausting and hopeful in equal measure, over the past fifty years. When the title arrived on my doorstep, two days after its release, I hadn’t expected a textbook-sized mammoth that barely fits on a shelf. But I also hadn’t ex This unshakably beautiful portrait, of Springsteen and Obama, is one of the most visceral books I’ve ever taken time to read—or better yet, experience. Every crucial line of every crucial discussion is embroidered with photos that evoke an honest consideration of America, exhausting and hopeful in equal measure, over the past fifty years. When the title arrived on my doorstep, two days after its release, I hadn’t expected a textbook-sized mammoth that barely fits on a shelf. But I also hadn’t expected, upon opening to the first page and the first chapter, that I’d never want to put it down or walk away until it was finished, that I would feel as drawn to the conversation as I was to the photographs, like walking through an art gallery and actually understanding the stories behind every framed image in my line of sight. Four photos, within their written context, actually brought me near to the point of tears. The first was Obama at the stage singing Amazing Grace after the terrible violence at a church in South Carolina. The second was a photo of Bruce laying his head down in Patti’s lap, smiling and laughing at the comfort she provided his otherwise masculine image. The third was a photo of Obama playing UNO with his daughters, one of whom eyes him as if to suggest he might be cheating, which spoke to the miracle of two kids who loved and laughed with their father, even when he wasn’t around much in those early days of politics. But the fourth photo was more isolated, a photo that I stared at for several minutes, Obama standing with his head resting against a wall, eyes closed, alone and worn down. In the end, these are two men whose differing existence, from New Jersey to Hawaii, runs the gamut of what it is to be American, to hope and to hurt, to believe and to doubt. And their many-layered conversation, this book, deserves to be on every American shelf, even if it barely fits.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Rubenstein

    Two 5 star memoirs + 5 star podcast + never before seen photos = This 5 star coffee table book

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elena

    This is literally transcripts of the podcast so I would recommend you listen to the podcast as it's meant to be heard, not read. However what I did like about this book was the images and primary source documents embedded within the transcripts to show context. This is literally transcripts of the podcast so I would recommend you listen to the podcast as it's meant to be heard, not read. However what I did like about this book was the images and primary source documents embedded within the transcripts to show context.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lori Tatar

    Terrific conversation / interview between Obama and Springsteen, accompanied by rich photographs that show the history; I loved this one.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Welch

    Wow! This book was so much more than I expected, and I enjoyed every minute of reading it. We hear about their childhoods, transitions to adulthood, big events in their lives, the families, their thoughts on historical events, and so so much more. I loved that the format included interviews, original copies of speeches, lots of pictures, music lyrics, and more. Definitely check this one out!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ari Rubin

    I was predisposed to love this book because of the admiration I have for each of these men, but if you want to know why I admire them, read this book. It is a wonderful and important conversation about America, masculinity, family, art, politics, history, and genuine conversation in which each person a rurally listens to the other. The extras are great as well. The family photos, hand-written Springsteen lyrics and annotated Obama speeches are worth reading on there own and elevate this package I was predisposed to love this book because of the admiration I have for each of these men, but if you want to know why I admire them, read this book. It is a wonderful and important conversation about America, masculinity, family, art, politics, history, and genuine conversation in which each person a rurally listens to the other. The extras are great as well. The family photos, hand-written Springsteen lyrics and annotated Obama speeches are worth reading on there own and elevate this package above that of a transcript of their podcast. In the end, it’s two great men, with mutual respect for each other, from different backgrounds but with a common vision for and hope for America.

  13. 5 out of 5

    JoAnn

    Two of my favorite celebrities talk about life, family, the state of the country in an expanded version of last year's podcast. If I had a coffee table, I would put it there! Two of my favorite celebrities talk about life, family, the state of the country in an expanded version of last year's podcast. If I had a coffee table, I would put it there!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    4,5/5 stars. The book is basically a printed version of the Spotify podcast with the same name. Therefore you can listen to the podcast and read the book at the same time. Where the podcast has the bonus of music snippets, the book has great extra's like behind-the-scenes photographs, lyrics, photos from the private lives of the authors and written notes (just to name a few). What I particularly loved about the book (and the podcast) is how the authors discuss a great variety of topics that are of 4,5/5 stars. The book is basically a printed version of the Spotify podcast with the same name. Therefore you can listen to the podcast and read the book at the same time. Where the podcast has the bonus of music snippets, the book has great extra's like behind-the-scenes photographs, lyrics, photos from the private lives of the authors and written notes (just to name a few). What I particularly loved about the book (and the podcast) is how the authors discuss a great variety of topics that are often times difficult to talk about in a casual, laid-back manner without trying to cause a division or sensationalize their opinions. It feels almost entirely unfiltered, which is a welcome change to the stories we get fed by the media. They speak of personal experience, what is important to them and how they have navigated life in America up to now. This was a great read and would recommend.

  15. 4 out of 5

    AlwaysV

    An unbelievable collaboration between Two One-of-a-Kind Men ❣️A Perfect Read to accompany me into the New Year 🎇 2022 🐅 Year of The Tiger🐅 Even Knowing in advance that I'll love this book 💯 the reality of how much I'm so blown away & mesmerized by the authors ~ is still unreal. My favorite part of the book is "IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE" SERIES, 2009-2015. The most memorable one is Bruce Springsteen's solo concert for the Staff the last month of President Obama's Presidency. I will tre An unbelievable collaboration between Two One-of-a-Kind Men ❣️A Perfect Read to accompany me into the New Year 🎇 2022 🐅 Year of The Tiger🐅 Even Knowing in advance that I'll love this book 💯 the reality of how much I'm so blown away & mesmerized by the authors ~ is still unreal. My favorite part of the book is "IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE" SERIES, 2009-2015. The most memorable one is Bruce Springsteen's solo concert for the Staff the last month of President Obama's Presidency. I will treasure this book of a casual yet brilliant conversation between a politician and a rock star who have reached the pinnacle of their vocation and profession. Whenever I feel helpless or hopeless I will reread certain quotes and lyrics to keep my optimism ~ hope ~ faith going. These are some examples of what I'm talking about: 💎"What is it that is essentially American? What's uniquely American? And you and I—you through your music, me through my politics—part of what we've been trying to do is to define a vision of this country and our part in it, our place in it. Do you remember a moment when you just thought, consciously, "I'm an American, and that is part of my identity?" 💎💎 "You know that flag flying over the courthouse Means certain things are set in stone Who we are, what we'll do and what we won't" It's gonna be a long walk home —BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, "LONG WALK HOME" 💎💎💎"We are one people . . . Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or do we participate in a politics of hope? . . . I'm talking about . . . The hope of a young naval lieutenant bravely patrolling the Mekong Delta . . . Hope in the face of difficulty. Hope in the face of uncertainty. The audacity of hope! . . . A belief in things not seen. A belief that there are better days ahead." 💎💎💎💎 ❣️You gotta keep the lantern lit, my friend. ❣️Yes! Exactly. ❣️That's the bottom line. ❣️Right. That America is true and real and available to you. I know it doesn't feel like it right now, but it's there. After The Read: Deepest gratitude to Cécile 💝, my friend here on GR, who has been a long time fan of The Boss, for alerting me of Springsteen's latest album LETTER TO YOU as well as its accompanying documentary. I bought the album ~ which is absolutely One of his Best! and enjoyed the documentary so much. There was also an amazing movie Blinded by the Light (2019) about how The Boss's music & lyrics have touched and influenced his fans' lives. Two of my friends will need a house warming gift soon ~ a hardcover edition of this book is perfect for them! I will definitely buy myself one, too!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Abiman

    4.5+. Very quick and interesting read. Knew next to nothing about Springsteen (just one song) so learned a ton about him. Thoroughly enjoyed the back and forth dialogue between the two on so many different topics (e.g., career arcs, family, the history and future of the US). Very open and honest conversation with some great thought starters and takeaways. Not great as a digital book - would recommend audio book or hard cover.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Zack

    This was a wonderful read. It has casual candor, not normally seen by a former President. Barack Obama is able to have a casual conversation with someone he calls his best friend, Bruce Springsteen. This is a great book because it makes you realize that sometimes, having the most stressful profession, it is important to have a best friend to reach out to and talk. In this case, they enjoy going on a drive and talking about just about everything. Always remember this about Obama: during his Presid This was a wonderful read. It has casual candor, not normally seen by a former President. Barack Obama is able to have a casual conversation with someone he calls his best friend, Bruce Springsteen. This is a great book because it makes you realize that sometimes, having the most stressful profession, it is important to have a best friend to reach out to and talk. In this case, they enjoy going on a drive and talking about just about everything. Always remember this about Obama: during his Presidency, the Press grilled him for wearing a tan suit. He had no affairs. He's happily married with Michelle. He loves his children. In strike comparison, look at the amount of mistakes by Trump. Countless mistakes. What if Trump was Black? Would he have survived? The answer is an unequivocal no. Did I make you uncomfortable? Good. Read this book. Read about this wonderful black man, who happened to be our former President of these United States. Then, share this book with others, to remind Americans that Barack Obama was a National Treasure, even though he's a University of Michigan supporter (I'm a Buckeye so we're arch rivals).

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jay Gabler

    A lot of truths are spoken in Renegades: Born in the U.S.A., but there’s a real whopper in the first chapter title: “Our Unlikely Friendship.” Sure, there are some important differences between the white rock star from Jersey and the Black politician from Hawaii, but anyone who’s spent any time listening to both men understands that a friendship between the two was very, very likely indeed. The poignant undercurrent of their conversations in this book - the printed version of their Spotify podcas A lot of truths are spoken in Renegades: Born in the U.S.A., but there’s a real whopper in the first chapter title: “Our Unlikely Friendship.” Sure, there are some important differences between the white rock star from Jersey and the Black politician from Hawaii, but anyone who’s spent any time listening to both men understands that a friendship between the two was very, very likely indeed. The poignant undercurrent of their conversations in this book - the printed version of their Spotify podcast - is that their shared American values are starting to seem more and more foreign. Although Springsteen’s several years older than Obama, they both gained professional traction during the last decades of the twentieth century, the post-Vietnam era when America’s political divisions started to widen into the chasm we gaze upon today. Looking back on Ronald Reagan’s infamous appropriation of his song “Born in the U.S.A.,” Springsteen has a nuanced observation. The conventional wisdom among Springsteen’s liberal fans has long been that it’s a pointed protest song with ironic bombast that was mistaken for substance by knee-jerk patriots. Today, Springsteen acknowledges that despite the song’s critique of U.S. policies and pop culture, its patriotism is real. It demands, he says, “that you hold two contradictory ideas in your mind at one time, that you can both be very critical of your nation and very proud of your nation simultaneously.” I reviewed Renegades for The Current.

  19. 4 out of 5

    R.C.

    This book is like a verbal hug. It's very much like sitting and listening to these two shoot the shit, telling stories about themselves and their experiences. It's somewhat left-leaning, but not overly political in any more than "these are my values and what I think is important" gets political. And they're both interesting to listen to, because they are two men who have obviously put a lot of thought into what is important to them. It's also unabashedly hopeful that we can all build a better wo This book is like a verbal hug. It's very much like sitting and listening to these two shoot the shit, telling stories about themselves and their experiences. It's somewhat left-leaning, but not overly political in any more than "these are my values and what I think is important" gets political. And they're both interesting to listen to, because they are two men who have obviously put a lot of thought into what is important to them. It's also unabashedly hopeful that we can all build a better world, which is...a lovely thing to read right now.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Pat Mills

    This book exceeds expectations by quite a large margin. It harkens back to a time in my recent past when presidents were coherent and had principles and wide ranging tastes in music. But the words and the photos add up to more than the sum of its parts. This hard cover book has a grounding quality to it. An acknowledgement of times well lived and times endured. Theses are not young men. But they are not old men either. Both have raised kids in the midst of famous lives and treasured the opportun This book exceeds expectations by quite a large margin. It harkens back to a time in my recent past when presidents were coherent and had principles and wide ranging tastes in music. But the words and the photos add up to more than the sum of its parts. This hard cover book has a grounding quality to it. An acknowledgement of times well lived and times endured. Theses are not young men. But they are not old men either. Both have raised kids in the midst of famous lives and treasured the opportunity to see them maturing into individuals. Both speak well of their gratitude to their own famous wives...as they should. At the end of the book I feel that something personal has been shared. A family photo album? A few points of history? A note of wisdom. Hope in a humble book? Hope in our shared experience and in the near future as well. You may have also noticed that Joe and Jill Biden were with the Obamas at those many Whitehouse concerts. So there is that as well. Hearts may have been opened in the living of these mens lives.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rose

    This is probably the best book I have ever read! Even though I have read all three of Obama's other books, I learned things about him that I didn't know. in this book he opened up about things he had never really talked about before. Before reading this, I knew very little about Bruce Springsteen but now I want to know more. They both talked from the heart about growing up with very little father influence, about what it means to be a man, about being fathers and being married to strong women. F This is probably the best book I have ever read! Even though I have read all three of Obama's other books, I learned things about him that I didn't know. in this book he opened up about things he had never really talked about before. Before reading this, I knew very little about Bruce Springsteen but now I want to know more. They both talked from the heart about growing up with very little father influence, about what it means to be a man, about being fathers and being married to strong women. Foremost, they talked about their love for America, although it is a long way from being a place of equality for everyone. And, they talked about what they are doing and what we can all do to move it closer that dream of equality.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Darryl Diamond

    Perception growing up and receptive reflection on times experienced underlines this read. I lose the perception myself at times focussing on the general bias of society when I'm often willing to believe (without certainty) there are good people putting in efforts to serve their societies fairly. I've come to admire how Obama speaks. I've always taken in how Springsteen writes. Capturing words, thoughts and sharing between these two men who have lived incredible lives, seen some amazing things, e Perception growing up and receptive reflection on times experienced underlines this read. I lose the perception myself at times focussing on the general bias of society when I'm often willing to believe (without certainty) there are good people putting in efforts to serve their societies fairly. I've come to admire how Obama speaks. I've always taken in how Springsteen writes. Capturing words, thoughts and sharing between these two men who have lived incredible lives, seen some amazing things, experiencing the stamped-times of their societies then sharing their views on them is ... invigorating as I want to hear them again and again and again. I've read BS's autobiography before taking in these words and I want to read BO's next. I've felt the perspectives spoken to with the peoples I'm from and if you see different - that's alright with me - you may sense ideas not thought of before. To an extent of the reader - there is reflection of where you are in your life and where you are among the societies life you live about. My wife gifted me this book and it is a gift one should receive on encouraging perception and how to speak of perspective. Amazing bride she is to me, always.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Marie Mathews

    A wonderful book that makes me proud to be American. This is a story of an unlikely pair that actually are more alike than they are different. They both strongly believe in America and both have a goal to unify this country. Springsteen includes song lyrics and Obama includes his speeches as well as some historical material. The photographs are a treat for anyone that loves this country and for those that love music. We are all more alike than we are different. Instead of fighting and resisting A wonderful book that makes me proud to be American. This is a story of an unlikely pair that actually are more alike than they are different. They both strongly believe in America and both have a goal to unify this country. Springsteen includes song lyrics and Obama includes his speeches as well as some historical material. The photographs are a treat for anyone that loves this country and for those that love music. We are all more alike than we are different. Instead of fighting and resisting our differences, we should embrace them. The diversity in this country is what makes us strong.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Laura Valenziano

    I loved this book! The graphics as much as the words. I found it so engaging to hear two guys talking like ordinary Americans when they are two of the best known public figures of our day! At the end I felt like I knew each of them in a more personal way than before reading the book. They expressed some fascinating ideas that I will remember and want to talk to some friends about! I highly recommend the book and want to share it with someone I love at Christmastime.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Bradley Morgan

    Based on their landmark podcast, two friends and American icons share deep, intimate conversations about their lives in and relationship with America, exploring the many ways it inspires them as well as taking account of its contradictions. Focusing on topics such as their careers, families, and inspirations, these two longtime friends delve deep into the mythology of America, both the good and the bad, finding a common thread that unites all Americans during a divisive and polarizing time. Thro Based on their landmark podcast, two friends and American icons share deep, intimate conversations about their lives in and relationship with America, exploring the many ways it inspires them as well as taking account of its contradictions. Focusing on topics such as their careers, families, and inspirations, these two longtime friends delve deep into the mythology of America, both the good and the bad, finding a common thread that unites all Americans during a divisive and polarizing time. Through their discussions on race, toxic masculinity, income inequality, and other issues that seek to disrupt their idealized vision for America, Obama’s and Springsteen’s conversations are an honest and vulnerable look on how to move forward as a country by acknowledging where we are at now and the work that still needs to be done. In addition to the conversations from the podcast, also included are hundreds of photos, notes, and speeches given by Obama marking the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches, his eulogy for John Lewis, and more.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amy Zupancic

    Having checked this book out of the library for my husband to read (he's a huge Springsteen fan), I hadn't intended to read it. Looking at the format, though, I thought I'd read just the first chapter to get a "feel" for the book. And then I was hooked. I read this in the course of one afternoon. Although it's 300+ pages, at least half of the book is photographs, and the text is particularly user-friendly - written primarily in a dialogue format as Obama and Springsteen sat and talked about vari Having checked this book out of the library for my husband to read (he's a huge Springsteen fan), I hadn't intended to read it. Looking at the format, though, I thought I'd read just the first chapter to get a "feel" for the book. And then I was hooked. I read this in the course of one afternoon. Although it's 300+ pages, at least half of the book is photographs, and the text is particularly user-friendly - written primarily in a dialogue format as Obama and Springsteen sat and talked about various topics. I found two chapters particularly compelling. Chapter 6 relates to the role of both of the men's fathers in their lives (and includes Obama's stepfather and grandfather, too) and it's exceptionally insightful. Chapter 7 explores the role of both of the men's wives and children and this chapter, too, is truly captivating. Add in pictures of both men over the years (from childhood to the present) and of their wives and children and you have a 5-star book that's a fascinating read - even if you're not particularly a fan of either Obama or Springsteen. Highly recommended.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nelatha L Brower

    Born in the U. S. A., I loved Renegades! Renegades, Born in the USA, was a very good read. I enjoyed the banter between former President Obama and Bruce Springsteen, very good chemistry and mutual love for this country, U.S.A. The road less traveled became a history lesson and musical adventure. I loved it and read it in about five hours on my Amazon Fire Tablet , using my kindle feature.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Michael Romick

    As a big fan of both of these accomplished gentlemen, I read this book in a day and a half (counting Christmas Day!) It is insightful, profound, and charming with copies of some of Obama's annotated speeches, a selections of Springsteen's original handwritten song lyrics, and some wonderful photographs. I was surprised at the things these two very different people have in common. As a big fan of both of these accomplished gentlemen, I read this book in a day and a half (counting Christmas Day!) It is insightful, profound, and charming with copies of some of Obama's annotated speeches, a selections of Springsteen's original handwritten song lyrics, and some wonderful photographs. I was surprised at the things these two very different people have in common.

  29. 4 out of 5

    John Wood

    Despite their obvious differences, the rock star from Jersey and the former president who grew up in Hawaii have plenty in common. This collection of conversations and iconic pictures of both is entertaining and allows us to understand more about their beliefs and histories. They talk about a wide variety of things including, parenting, manhood, religion, society, and culture.

  30. 4 out of 5

    David Mills

    Two very different public figures engage in a prolonged conversation about the nation, their work, and themselves. The result is insight and hope. Many thanks to Lisa Keen Mills who knows that insight and hope are essential for all birthdays and who gifted me this book.

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