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.
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.
WINNER OF BEST NARRATION BY THE AUTHOR - AUDIE AWARDS 2022
'What is unexpected in A Promised Land is the former president's candour' David Olusoga, Observer
'Gorgeously written, humorous, compelling, life affirming' Justin Webb, Mail on Sunday
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Very good but also very long
This is definitely a slog as an audiobook however, it’s a very enjoyable and a great insight into how a president thinks and reacts to daily events during their presidency. I appreciated the seeming blow by blow account but I feel certain parts could have been cut without losing much from the package. Overall an excellent book if a little long.
A nauseating work of fiction by an enemy of the people
Obama is one of the key front men for a vast criminal enterprise designed to steal wealth and freedom from the people he pretended to serve. His latest book, well timed by his handlers to coincide with the US Election, is a work if fiction and smugness that would be funny if it wasn’t for the seriousness of his crimes. Which include - Indiscriminately Bombing people of colour around the world, using his offices as a means to spy, manipulate and hurt anyone who opposed his pay masters, doing very little in his 8 years for the black communities he promised to change, acting as a stooge for immoral big business and pharma lobbyists who’s power and influence expanded hugely during his tenure.
Can’t start from where you left off
I do not recommend purchasing here. My husband and I bought this for a road trip. We listened to the first 3 hours and now I can’t pick up where we left off. The chapter options went from Intro to Chapter 22 so I can’t even choose the chapter we were on. Poor tech, poor user interaction