A Promised Land (Hardback)
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Hardback 768 Pages / Published: 17/11/2020
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The biggest book of the decade is a Presidential memoir like no other. Recounting Barack Obama’s journey to the White House in matchless, eloquent prose, A Promised Land is utterly essential reading.    

Shortlisted for the British Book Awards Non-Fiction Narrative Book of the Year 2021

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

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.

 

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241491515
Number of pages: 768
Weight: 1064 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 51 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Gorgeously written, humorous, compelling, life affirming -- Justin Webb * Mail on Sunday *
Beautifully written and disarmingly candid . . . leavened with telling asides, poignant vignettes, painterly character sketches and an occasional corker of a joke -- Tony Allen-Mills * The Sunday Times *
As a work of political literature A Promised Land is impressive. Obama is a gifted writer -- Gary Younge * Guardian *
Barack Obama is as fine a writer as they come . . . the prose gorgeous in places, the detail granular and vivid -- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie * The New York Times *
What is unexpected in A Promised Land is not its literary elegance but the former president's candour -- David Olusoga * Observer *
I loved A Promised Land . . . President Obama is unusually honest about his experience in the White House, including how isolating it is to be the person who ultimately calls the shots. It's a fascinating look at what it's like to steer a country through challenging times
Deeply enjoyable . . . Obama is such a fluent and warm writer and so good at describing events and people * Daily Express *
Beautifully written . . . it's probably the best volume of autobiography from a former president in modern times -- Sean O'Grady * Independent, ***** *
Remarkably candid and beautifully written . . . It should bring inspiration for we Brits who want to build our own version of inclusive patriotism here at home -- David Lammy * i *
Gives a very human insight into the White House * Stylist *
To keep company with his elegant prose, complex conscience and unmistakable intelligence is a cool drink of water after four years of the other guy . . . -- Sam Leith * Spectator *
Elegantly written ... Obama comes across as literary, tolerant and dignified. A gifted writer, he maintains the reader's interest for over 700 pages -- Eric Foner * TLS *
Deeply enjoyable...Obama is such a fluent and warm writer and so good at describing events and people * Daily Express *
His ability to put himself in the shoes of others - even those who treat him with open contempt - is admirable -- Financial Times
Honest, powerful and personal...a must read * OK! magazine *

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“A Read Outside of my Comfort Zone”

“Politics doesn’t have to be what people think it is. It can be something more.”

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“Questionable”

Obama is a good president if you forget the war crimes and stuff. A good read and well written, and I like his wife. A little bit iffy on him, but thats the same for all presidents so cant fault it.

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