A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making—from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy
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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.
A Promised Land is a memoir by Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017. Published on November 17, 2020 by Crown Publishing Group, a subsidiary of Penguin Random House, in the United States and Viking, owned by Penguin Random House, in the United Kingdom, it is the first of a planned two-volume series. Remaining focused on his political career, the presidential memoir documents Obama's life from his early years through the events surrounding the killing of Osama bin Laden in May 2011. The book has received many reviews and was put on end-of-year best of lists by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Guardian. Commercially, it has been extremely successful and, as of 20 December 2020 issue, the book has been the New York Times best-seller in non-fiction for three consecutive weeks. The book was highly anticipated and, two months before its release, The New York Times remarked that it was "virtually guaranteed" to be the year's top seller, despite its mid-November release date. The book is 768 pages long and available in digital, paperback, and hardcover formats and has been translated into two dozen languages. There is also a 28 hour audiobook edition that is read by Obama himself...
Awesome wonderful book from beginning to end. A must read book. 55
Obama takes us through his first Term in the White House, beginning with his Senatorial years, with vivid details. Humble and always ready to share his accomplishments with his team, Obama reveals the sensitivity & caring man behind the stoic facade. Must read! 55
I do not even know where to start with in my review. Barack’s writing guided me through this book like a John Grisham novel. He have me a detailed picture of his thoughts and actions and I felt my self excited to get to the next chapter. I loved how he provided true gratitude to his support family and support staff. This one will go down as one of the most well written Presidential accounts in history...and it is only part one! 55
I was young during this administration. Now that I have a better understanding of the world. This was an amazing read. 55
Don’t know what world this guy is describing. He tries to make stuff up to become relevant. 15
The lowness of the trash troll comments is insane to me. You took time out of your pathetic lives to trash a book you didn’t read just because President Obama was on the cover. You’re the lowest of the low, you’re cowards and you’re the enemy of this state supporting the real trash president who’s a criminal, pardons criminals and is the most un-presidential person in the history of America! Get a life! And if you’re so bold to leave disgusting comments leave your real names. Now back to the book.. the book gave us more insight into what this president dealt with in office and the impact on his life and family! Nothing most of us didn’t know based on the racists on here proving what America really stands for. 55
Excellent read. Very good account of the history behind the events. Loved the book. Love Obama. 55
Not worth a penny. 15
Just not interesting 25
Bad( not the book ) ,Mean rated writer’s whom don’t read the book maybe. The people whom said in there review: “ The people who written the comments that said the people who wrote the mean comments are probably ( definitely ) Are the Trump lovers” ,there’s no doubt about that “president” Obama .The meaning of the book is how stupendous he is and you should be interesting and incredibly proud. He made a book about his presidential life and how he made the world go round. He help 🌎 Earth spin around and around the sun a for more than about 14 billion years Maybe the mean commentators don’t know, but they know better then to be cyber bully others especially online. This is not a review of how I like the book, it’s a lessons to teach meanies responsibility and to be nice and don’t forget to not be a big fat son of a cult T@!!!!!!!!!!! 55
Egotistical drivel. 15
I seldom read anything other than mystery books with an occasional science fiction story. However this book was so well written, so personal, and so moving that I had tears in my eyes every 20 pages or so. It made me so proud to be an American. A pride that, I admit, over the last four years, has wained. 55
Yet another book about himself, how many could he possibly write? 15
I am a wholehearted Obama supporter, but I couldn’t get beyond the first 100 pages. We read about all this before and repeated again it smacks of self importance. I was expecting some real insights into the running of government- maybe it’s there later, but you lost me. 25
Unreal depiction of a historic well-run presidency. The competency and humanity of this administration shine throughout 55
This was an amazing read for me. I’m just floored by the unmitigated vitriol expressed by obvious republicans who for some reason worship at the alter of the worst person who ever occupied the “People’s House”. I find it incredible that almost 5 years after the fact that these people still can’t bring themselves to tell the truth about Obama’s extraordinary 2 terms in office. Let’s just say for the sake of argument that he sucked as President. Even if that were true, he still stands head and shoulders above the lawless piece of human excrement who succeeded him in office, with, we should NEVER forget, the hand of Russia all over his time in office. Was President Obama perfect? Heck no. But don’t allow the good that he did become the enemy of the perfect ideal that republicans unfairly seek to destroy his image for not being. With almost 300,000 people dead and counting, and the diminution of the country’s image around the world, I can’t, for the life of me, understand why the “Orange One” is tearing up the country and it’s norms and customs in the pursuit of holding on to a job that he obviously has no interest in carrying out the duties of. In 8 years on the job, Obama had not even a hint of improper conduct in his entire administration. So, I’m clear about the importance of this black man being the first person other than a white man to hold that office. And what a fine job he did, in spite of the fact that leaders of the Republican Party were on record stating that their reason for being was to ensure that Obama was a one term president. They couldn’t even pull that off. 55
This was very well written I love detail in a book and that’s exactly what he did. Reading some of these reviews that gave it bad stars obviously didn’t read the book just been hateful is All he wasn’t born in the us hmmmm Hawaii is apart of the us smh. Anyway very educational and a good read. I read it not because he was our BEST president ever but because he is a teacher and I’m loving to gain knowledge 55
91% of the bad reviews are people not actually reading the book. 55
A triumph of the 21st century! 55
An incredible and DEEPER read of the Mindset of a Brilliant and Loving American. The Truth about America’s greatness and criminality of racism, slavery, Jim Crow in 2020 and beyond! If Americans Continue to FAIL GREATLY at massively Addressing and Changing Racism and Brutality hidden in laws, the culture, and mores of American life, America will CONTINUE to lose the global challenges that face all industrialized countries! President Obama clearly expresses the obvious challenges in America surrounding race, racism, capitalism, greed, willful ignorance, fear mongering, lying, and white privileged! Well written President Obama! 55