A Promised Land - Barack Obama

A Promised Land

By Barack Obama

  • Release Date: 2020-11-17
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
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From 1,682 Ratings

Description

A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making—from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

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.

Reviews

  • Praise for President Barack Obama

    5
    By Lyonpo Om Pradhan
    Thank you President Obama for this most interesting and historical writing. You are a great human being and the US and the world are fortunate to have seen an example of such a great human being and leader. Wish you and your family the very best in your years ahead. Lyonpo Om Pradhan Bhutan 14 January 2021
  • Outstanding

    5
    By MIA737CA
    Awesome wonderful book from beginning to end. A must read book.
  • One of the best Presidential Memoirs!

    5
    By Cali-Meow
    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!
  • Bravo Mr. President!

    5
    By Curt06
    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!
  • Amazing.

    5
    By web402
    I was young during this administration. Now that I have a better understanding of the world. This was an amazing read.
  • This should be under fiction

    1
    By King Luke 1st
    Don’t know what world this guy is describing. He tries to make stuff up to become relevant.
  • Great Read and Great President with Flaws

    5
    By Ktwill2007
    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.
  • Excellent

    5
    By Oniexxxxxxx
    Excellent read. Very good account of the history behind the events. Loved the book. Love Obama.
  • A story of a delusional man that divided america

    1
    By Hillary 4 Prison
    Not worth a penny.
  • Narcissistic

    2
    By sally12345&
    Just not interesting