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Author: Barack Obama Narrator: Barack Obama Publisher: Random House Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2020 ISBN: 9780525633723
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Barack Obama is as fine a writer as they come…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.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “An intimate portrait that connects his personal journey as a son, husband, father, and leader to the very public life that people saw…Highly recommended for all collections.”

    Library Journal

  • “A top-notch political memoir and serious exercise in practical politics for every reader.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “President Obama’s distinctively deliberate delivery, singular cadence, and love of words are all fully on display…[with] the sound of his voice—sometimes professorial, sometimes storytelling, occasionally intimate…Much of his memoir has the quality of an interior monologue…To a remarkable extent, his history is our history. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Remarkably introspective…This sterling account rises above the crowded field of presidential postmortems.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • A Libro.FM Pick of the Year's Best Audiobooks
  • #1 Amazon bestseller
  • #1 New York Times bestseller
  • Washington Post Book World Best Book of the Year
  • The Guardian (UK) Best Books of the Year selection
  • A Marie Claire Magazine Pick of the Year's Best Books
  • An NPR Best Book of the Year
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller in Audio
  • A New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book of the Year
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Temiteeontop Popoola | 1/22/2021

    " Great book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry D. Frazier | 1/5/2021

    " Awesome Book! Former President Obama does a 5 star effort capturing his first term in office. Should be a required reading! Simple outstanding! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve M | 12/26/2020

    " Great read show’s a grate human being,becomings of the president. He never forgets his start with the family and his loyalty to the nation. The human torch with hie staff, and people around him. Cheers Steve "

About the Author

Barack Obama was the 44th president of the United States, elected in November 2008 and holding office for two terms. He is the author of two previous New York Times bestselling books, Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope, and the recipient of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. He graduated from Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was the first African American president of the Harvard Law Review. In addition to his work as a community organizer, he practiced as a civil rights attorney before serving three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004. He also taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. Obama is especially proud of being a husband and father of two daughters.