A Promised Land

A Promised Land

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A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making—from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • Jennifer Szalai, The New York Times • NPR • The GuardianMarie Claire

In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency—a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.
Obama takes readers on a compelling journey from his earliest political aspirations to the pivotal Iowa caucus victory that demonstrated the power of grassroots activism to the watershed night of November 4, 2008, when he was elected 44th president of the United States, becoming the first African American to hold the nation’s highest office.
Reflecting on the presidency, he offers a unique and thoughtful exploration of both the awesome reach and the limits of presidential power, as well as singular insights into the dynamics of U.S. partisan politics and international diplomacy. Obama brings readers inside the Oval Office and the White House Situation Room, and to Moscow, Cairo, Beijing, and points beyond. We are privy to his thoughts as he assembles his cabinet, wrestles with a global financial crisis, takes the measure of Vladimir Putin, overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds to secure passage of the Affordable Care Act, clashes with generals about U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, tackles Wall Street reform, responds to the devastating Deepwater Horizon blowout, and authorizes Operation Neptune’s Spear, which leads to the death of Osama bin Laden.
A Promised Land is extraordinarily intimate and introspective—the story of one man’s bet with history, the faith of a community organizer tested on the world stage. Obama is candid about the balancing act of running for office as a Black American, bearing the expectations of a generation buoyed by messages of “hope and change,” and meeting the moral challenges of high-stakes decision-making. He is frank about the forces that opposed him at home and abroad, open about how living in the White House affected his wife and daughters, and unafraid to reveal self-doubt and disappointment. Yet he never wavers from his belief that inside the great, ongoing American experiment, progress is always possible.
This beautifully written and powerful book captures Barack Obama’s conviction that democracy is not a gift from on high but something founded on empathy and common understanding and built together, day by day.
Publisher: Crown


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Feb 28, 2021

Excellent! It was very interesting and informative. I like how he enriches the story with personal comments. Loved how he suggested that Michelle wear a cute little hat and carry a purse when they met Queen Elizabeth 11. Michelle's response was priceless! Since the book is Large print, I felt like I was holding a manual on building a super-sonic jet. But it is an enjoyable book to read.

JCLCharlesH Feb 22, 2021

The first of a two part memoir of his time in office, this book contains President Obama's views on the major events of his early political career. Not a "juicy tell-all" by far, Obama presents clear historical retrospectives for each issue, excerpts of discussions with his staff, and the results of the actions taken. A great history lesson of the 2008-2012 timeframe in US politics.

Feb 16, 2021

If you can't picture yourself reading a presidential memoir, this might be the book that changes that. It is very personal and interesting. Obama is a solid writer and he tells a good story.

Feb 03, 2021

While the book is a bit of a grind, I think the most powerful piece is that Mr. Obama is not only a politician but he is a lyrical writer.

Feb 02, 2021

A good book - tough to get through in places for example where he is listing all his hires both in his run for president and after he became president - but very interesting (especially bin Laden death). Gives me a great appreciation for all the work and compromise that it takes to get things done. Would like to see parties work together for the common good.

Jan 17, 2021

When I started this book, I braced myself for the typical heavy-duty presidential bio (I read Bill Clinton’s book years ago and had to force myself to finish it). Obama’s writing is so good that it reads fairly quickly despite the details he delves into of his first four years as President. He managed to include personal anecdotes in between chapters to show a more human side of life in The White House, and how lonely the job can be. It was especially interesting to read about his relationship with Joe Biden who has now been elected the presidency. I enjoyed this book and I am glad that his editors decided that he should produce two volumes instead of one.I look forward to this second volume.

Jan 15, 2021

This was such an interesting book, as Obama reminisces on his childhood, family, and career, from his time as a Senator from Illinois to the beginning of his presidency. So well-written and interesting, especially for readers wanting a firsthand perspective of the challenges of the presidency.

Jan 14, 2021

What a deep thinker and thoughtful president Barack Obama was. His grasp of economics, foreign affairs, and all the other things a president needs to know was deep and wide. In this book Obama is very measured about his adversaries and presents both sides of an issue in a thoughtful way. Given the difficulties that faced him as he entered office, Obama had the strength of ego to surround himself with cabinet members who were like him, deep and creative thinkers. The reader clearly hears Obama's voice in this book. Very well written, honest, and interesting.

Jan 06, 2021

WOW!!!! If you have a chance to listen to Barak Obama narrate this book, I highly recommend that you do so. After 4 years of political chaos, his voice of reason is a joy to hear!!! I love the fact that he is humble and self-deprecating. His humor comes through loud and strong as well as his honor, intelligence, and dedication. It is marvelous to hear the stories inside the White House when it is difficult to know from the news exactly what happened in historical events. The book ends with the death of Osama Bin Laden, so there is much to look forward to in the upcoming books. Highly recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Chapel_Hill_RobynW Jan 05, 2021

I'm going to be honest: I am not normally a fan of political biographies. That being said, Obama could read out the terms and conditions of my phone plan, and I would find it entertaining and insightful. Like many others, I am thankful that he has taken the time to write down his thoughts and opinions of his first term in office. It reads extremely well, and I found I had easily completed the first part of the book without even noticing it was hundreds of pages. Anyone who is wanting to read a no holds barred, political rag full of scandal and intrigue is bound to be disappointed. This is about how 'the sausage gets made', but it is not a diatribe against the system; in fact, it acts more of a guide as to how to move along in it, and to create the policies you are passionate about. There is no one here who is criticized or insulted; Obama appears to have got on with everyone, and he is very reluctant to say anything harsh or critical about anyone on both sides of the political spectrum. If anything, that can mean he comes across as a little bland; I do not believe we actually meet the real Obama in this book ( I wish he had spent more time describing the development of his political ideology), but I think this is as close as we are going to get.

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