Since its publication was announced, there has been enormous excitement in the air: President Barack Obama’s riveting, deeply personal account of his first term in office will be released on 17th November!
In this 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 his election in 2008 as the 44th president of the United States – the first African-American to hold the nation’s highest office.
It’s a compelling journey of history-in-the-making as he 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.
Moreover, “A Promised Land” is deeply personal and reflective – 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 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.
And, as we know from his previous books, “Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream” and “Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance”, Obama is a splendid writer, drawing us fully into his experiences, discussing his ways of thinking and – ultimately, powerfully – sharing his conviction that democracy is not a gift from on high but something founded on empathy and common understanding and built together, day by day.
Hardback, Penguin Books, £25 (usual price £35)
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