A Promised Land

A Promised Land

Biography & True Stories, Literary Biographies, Politics, Non-Fiction
Hardback Published on: 17/11/2020
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A Promised Land
Insightful and witty
When the news hit that Barack Obama was publishing a book on his time as President, I immediately hit the pre-order button! I love the Obama’s, I devoured ... READ MORE
Emma Smith at Bedford


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: 1055g
  • Dimensions: 242 x 162 x 50 mm

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A Promised Land
A Read Outside of my Comfort Zone
“Politics doesn’t have to be what people think it is. It can be something more.” To say that this book is outside of my comfort zone is an understatement.... READ MORE
Schizanthus  Nerd
A Promised Land
A Master of a President and a master of the written word
Barack Obama transports readers into the world behind the doors of The White House. We get to understand how one of the most prolific figures of the 21st C... READ MORE
Adam Winn
A Promised Land
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 th... READ MORE
Niamh Atkins
A Promised Land
A well-written “first volume”...
Obama writes well and he is a political titan. This is a mighty text though - with the promise of much more to come. Biden’s election potentially renders... READ MORE
Robert Crosby
A Promised Land
Worth the hype
An honest, moving and at times funny telling of Obama’s life, going from his childhood to his journey to a historic presidency. I learned, I laughed, I cri... READ MORE
Calum Hogan
A Promised Land
A promised land
A thoroughly enjoyable read, having read Michelle's book I was looking forward to Obama's take on being president. It lived up to my expectations, boggled ... READ MORE
Nigel Pegler
A Promised Land
Self indulgent drivel.
Received as a gift and thought I would give it a go. This mans ego knows no bounds. Boring dross. Used it to light my wood burner, about all it was good fo... READ MORE
Mark Boylin
A Promised Land
President Obama's Inspirational Account of His Life In Politics
I am biased, I have admired this man since he first came to the world's attention as he won his Senate seat in 2004. I read his books written at this time... READ MORE
Ken Davis
A Promised Land
About the review of my book I bought.
One of the reasons why I gave it five stars, because it shows how good a author he can be. And I would gladly suggest it to anyone to buy.
David Ford
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Monta Ferneste
A Promised Land
A satisfying marathon of a read
The presidency of Barrack Obama has inspired a rich literature. Not the least of these many books is A Promised Land. It's long. It demands attention. Unde... READ MORE
Robert Davidson
A Promised Land
One of the Best non-fixation books I have ever read
Extremely well written and informative. Opens one's eyes on USA politics and the magnificent way President Obama and his family dealt with the challenges... READ MORE
Richard Barker
A Promised Land
A very Boring Read! Terrible
I was looking forward to reading this book, but I was HUGELY DISSAPOINTED! I just didn't enjoy it at all, I'm not sure why this book is getting a lot of p... READ MORE
A Promised Land
A Promised Land by Barack Obama
Really interesting read, though lots of it so read a bit at a time!! Quite shocked by how politics happens in America, so called home of democracy. Everyth... READ MORE
Christine  Lewis
A Promised Land
Obama as wonderful as always
This book is a fascinating read of how the White House worked under Obama and all the problems and shenanigans he had to deal with both at home and abroad.... READ MORE
Penelope Freeman
A Promised Land
Interesting read but slow & laboured in parts
A very detailed reflection of his time pre office and during his first term as President. Hugely wide ranging issues covered and a great opportunity to und... READ MORE
Andy Cox
A Promised Land
A compelling read
A good insight into Obama’s motivations for becoming president, family life and the values he developed that shaped his presidency. This book is incredibly... READ MORE
Adam Wilson
A Promised Land
Sorry only 2 stars from me. I was looking forward to this especially after Michelle's book but it is very political so not for me. I am sure other people... READ MORE
Carol Sixton