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 GuardianSlateVoxThe EconomistMarie Claire

In the stirring 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.

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482 reviews
January 6, 2021
i can't imagine our President give Iran gold and money in almost every major Currantcy world wide that he could get his hands on to a corrupt regime that no good will towards AMERICA whatsoever with those same people chanting death to America. AND giving Russia 20% of our uranium supplies. All things that the American taxpayer was fully entitled to and fought and paid the ultimate price to create a County with boundless opportunities. AND always proud to be at the aid of all in peril with hunger, disease, neglect and despair. And oh yes. ."Tell Putin that I'll have more flexibility after the [second] election." ...Quoted by our supposedly Lamebrained [ utterly negative motives for the USA] ...also spent millions "at least" to interfere with Isreals election of their so well deserved leader. A true soilder of our Lord and saviour, that does not discriminate freedom of religion life and a fair shake Non of our Presidents are perfect I favor OURS PROMISESMADEnKEPT-God picked Him
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Jared Baker
February 8, 2021
One thing that disappoints me in reading this book. It's the lack of ownership of any issues that arose is his presidency. Oboma, there were a couple issues, you had. You were against gay marriage... own it. You had a scandal or two, own them. Why? If you evolved, then so be it. If you learned, then that's great too. Instead, oboma takes the position, if I don't talk about them; if I don't acknowledge them. They didn't happen. Which is really sad.
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November 30, 2020
A great look into Obama's political life. He does discuss family and friends but it's mostly how he got into politics, his steps to becoming president and his actions as president. I see a lot of negative reviews here and on different sites that all say the same thing, " He only talks about himself. It's me or I or he's self centered." These people must not have a clue what a memoir is and don't realize that whoever they heard that from was counting on their stupidity and them repeating it. If you're into politics you'll enjoy this book.
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About the author

Barack Obama was the 44th president of the United States, elected in November 2008 and holding office for two terms. He is the author of two previous New York Times bestselling books, Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope, and the recipient of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Michelle. They have two daughters, Malia and Sasha.

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