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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.
'Gorgeously written, humorous, compelling, life affirming' Justin Webb, Mail on Sunday
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.
'What is unexpected in A Promised Land is the former president's candour' David Olusoga, Observer
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"Barack Obama is as fine a writer as they come. . . . [A Promised Land] is nearly always pleasurable to read, sentence by sentence, the prose gorgeous in places, the detail granular and vivid. . . . The story will continue in the second volume, but Barack Obama has already illuminated a pivotal moment in American history, and how America changed while also remaining unchanged."--Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The New York Times Book Review--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B08JCRFJ4Z
- Publisher : Penguin; 1st edition (17 November 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 24465 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 751 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 22,865 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book is both long in terms of the number of pages (greater than seven hundred) as well as long on details. However, Obama is such a great wordsmith that to read the book is a pleasure. It simply glides along. I was disappointed to reach the end. I certainly look forward to the second volume.
As one reads “A Promised Land”, it is impossible not to be drawn into a comparison between Obama and the incumbent US President. Obama is erudite, contemplative and wise. It is simply impossible to attribute any of these characteristics to the man presently in the Oval Office.
In sum, for any reader with even the slightest interest in US politics, history or society, this book is most highly recommended.
He didn’t disappoint! I couldn’t put it down!
All I can is buy the book. I’m certain you won’t be able to put I’d down either!!