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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 4 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!

  6. 5 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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Rubenstein

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    3.5* - I like these two men and have read and enjoyed both of their biographies so I was quite interested in what this book might offer. The majority of the book is transcript style and documents conversations between them on a variety of subjects. It also has lots of great photographs, a selection of Springsteen's song lyrics and copies of some of Obama's important speeches. It gets pretty red, white & blue in places but overall, it was an interesting, quick read. 3.5* - I like these two men and have read and enjoyed both of their biographies so I was quite interested in what this book might offer. The majority of the book is transcript style and documents conversations between them on a variety of subjects. It also has lots of great photographs, a selection of Springsteen's song lyrics and copies of some of Obama's important speeches. It gets pretty red, white & blue in places but overall, it was an interesting, quick read.

  11. 4 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!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    What is is about this collab that intrinsically repels me? I have zero interest in the podcast and just felt meh about this book. I think it feels contrived? I love them both but I don’t need them to be partnered influencers? It is a gorgeous nook, though.

  13. 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.

  14. 5 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sherri

    While this book is coffee table size and full of photos, it is also full of text. On the surface, the friendship of Bruce Springsteen and Barack Obama might seem unlikely. Meeting early in the former president's political career, Bruce Springsteen was an immediate supporter. Over the years they, and their wives, became friends and found that they actually have quite a bit in common. Their frequent conversations became a podcast and eventually this book. It is well worth reading. There are two it While this book is coffee table size and full of photos, it is also full of text. On the surface, the friendship of Bruce Springsteen and Barack Obama might seem unlikely. Meeting early in the former president's political career, Bruce Springsteen was an immediate supporter. Over the years they, and their wives, became friends and found that they actually have quite a bit in common. Their frequent conversations became a podcast and eventually this book. It is well worth reading. There are two items in particular mentioned by President Obama at the end of the book that I found noteworthy. One is about visiting a small town in Iowa and having a real life example of just how filtered his message is via Fox News. The other is his view of George Washington as a man to be admired but to also recognize the flaws of a "man of his times."

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mala Ashok

    I was waiting eagerly to read this book and it didn't disappoint. In the book which stems from their Podcast, President Obama and the Boss, Bruce Springsteen chat informally about life and what it means to be an American. As Obama says "What is it that is essentially American? What is uniquely American? And you and I ... part of what we've been trying to do is define a vision of this country and our part in it, our place in it." They point out that, "America is the only nation on earth made up o I was waiting eagerly to read this book and it didn't disappoint. In the book which stems from their Podcast, President Obama and the Boss, Bruce Springsteen chat informally about life and what it means to be an American. As Obama says "What is it that is essentially American? What is uniquely American? And you and I ... part of what we've been trying to do is define a vision of this country and our part in it, our place in it." They point out that, "America is the only nation on earth made up of people who have come from every place ... of every faith, every race, every background, every economic station. And the world is fascinated to know; can this work?" This is a coffee table book anybody would be proud to own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I was really excited to get this book from the library yesterday. A lot of my Facebook friends are anxious to know my impressions. Here's a copy of what I posted on FB today: "DAY 1 IMPRESSIONS: It's an accessibility nightmare. Yes, it's supposed to be a coffee table book but what they did w/ a lot of the text is really problematic. I've read that the book is essentially the transcripts, slightly edited, of the podcasts. So I think I will listen to those, following along w/ the graphics in the b I was really excited to get this book from the library yesterday. A lot of my Facebook friends are anxious to know my impressions. Here's a copy of what I posted on FB today: "DAY 1 IMPRESSIONS: It's an accessibility nightmare. Yes, it's supposed to be a coffee table book but what they did w/ a lot of the text is really problematic. I've read that the book is essentially the transcripts, slightly edited, of the podcasts. So I think I will listen to those, following along w/ the graphics in the book. However, the book's binding doesn't come anywhere near lying flat and from someone whose "hands" and "arms" don't grip or work very well - this is discouraging."

  19. 5 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.

  20. 5 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jeannine

    This was good, but my standard was high after reading some of Obama’s long book (haven’t finished), his first book, and Michelle’s book. 3 stars seems a little like a rip off of a review .. but it just wasn’t quite four for me on the scale on which I graded it. I learned a fair amount about Bruce though! And the format of this book is quite different than typical which I enjoyed. It’s like a conversation btwn two people the whole time, no narrator except on the photo captions.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mike Schneider

    I have admired both of these authors for a very long time and after reading this book, my admiration for both of them has only increased. They both come across as regular people, who have humble attitudes and are very down-to-earth. They seem like the types of persons with whom I'd like to share a beer sometime. I have admired both of these authors for a very long time and after reading this book, my admiration for both of them has only increased. They both come across as regular people, who have humble attitudes and are very down-to-earth. They seem like the types of persons with whom I'd like to share a beer sometime.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sue Trav

    For some reason I had no idea that this was basically a transcript of their podcast. It was great to see all the photos for sure but I had listened to the podcast already so there was nothing new in the text. It would be great to have this on hand while listening to the episodes as a reference guide. I really enjoyed the stories and there are great nuggets of wisdom in there as well.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mlg

    Initially I thought this was an odd idea for a book. After reading it, and enjoying it, I got it. The conversations on family and masculinity were some of the best. Lots of great pictures, drafts of speeches (with all the changes in longhand), and song lyrics.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    First of all this is a beautful book: great photos, Bruce's handwritten lyrics and especially the speeches with president Obama's notes are a wonderful addition to their conversation. Two openminded, honest and accomplished men discussing their live journey and the choices they made. First of all this is a beautful book: great photos, Bruce's handwritten lyrics and especially the speeches with president Obama's notes are a wonderful addition to their conversation. Two openminded, honest and accomplished men discussing their live journey and the choices they made.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I am a fan of both of these men. This book brought up some very interesting points of view from two who were born in different parts of the the country and had different experience growing up but are able to fine commonality on many subjects. Beautifully put together book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Katie Lindsey

    This was a very interesting and insightful dive into Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen's podcast 'Renegades'. I really enjoyed reading this, and liked that there were lyrics and speeches included throughout the book. This was a very interesting and insightful dive into Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen's podcast 'Renegades'. I really enjoyed reading this, and liked that there were lyrics and speeches included throughout the book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marcia Richardson

    Great book This book was a great thing to read. I found that the conversation between Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen to be quite insightful and honest about where America is today.

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