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 598 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 • A WASHINGTON POST NOTABLE BOOK
 
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

  • A Promised Land

    5
    By The eyes are watching you
    The book is classic,top-shelf,riveting and honest.The title is a master mind!
  • AWESOME

    5
    By KKDDJCRJIIJ
    THIS BOOK IS AWESOME! YOU GUYS SHOULD REALLY READ THIS!!!!
  • Just confirming

    5
    By mongocitizen
    You can rate this book without buying it. Not a great system. Going to buy it now.
  • Mixed review

    3
    By cdarwin
    Next to Trump, Obama looks like FDR. In reality, he was one of the most ineffective Presidents and struggled to get anything substantive done. I voted for Biden and look forward to the next four (or eight) years. As for the book, no one is more impressed with Obama than himself. Putting out a $45.00 hardcover during a surging global pandemic where people are struggling in food bank lines, reeling from mass Job loss and deaths in multi generational families borders on arrogance. He has a compelled story to tell and could have made the story more cost friendly in the inner cities who may be afraid to wait at a library on a list or don’t have access to iBooks or other avenues. Lowering the cost of a book to give people “HOPE” (his tagline) wouldn’t have hurt a man who received a $65 million advance. Not at all. I read it. It’s a decent book. Genius? Best books of 2020? Not for me to say.
  • Absolute garbage

    1
    By 1a7s9d
    Nothing but a collection of utter crap
  • America’s mistake looking for forgiveness from past sins

    1
    By American Pravda
    Very racist narcissistic and hateful. This Marxist clown 🤡, continues to spew hate and fear, but America will not adopt his lies. We will keep our Republic.
  • Arrogance and Ignorance

    1
    By Flexrkr
    Arrogance and ignorance are a bad combination. Very difficult to get into his writing... even if it is a ghost writer.
  • All garbage

    1
    By MrKDA
    Just another corrupt politician trying to convince us not to believe what our eyes are seeing.
  • A beautiful book by a beautiful soul

    5
    By Darcie Retsmuth
    This book is wonderful and made me shed a few tears. Definitely recommend!!!
  • big booty barry

    5
    By chet hanks used tampon
    this book good, read it, trumpies are mad bc trump built like mishapen chicken stars from hardees.