A Promised Land (US)

ISBN: 9781524763169
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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


NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • Jennifer Szalai, The New York Times • NPR • The Guardian  Marie Claire

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.

Product Details

Publisher,Random House (US) Crown
Publication Date,
Format, Hardcover
Weight, 1088.62 g
No. of Pages, 751

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
Anis Syahira Mhd Yusof
Barack Obama

This is a fantastic memoir from a former president. The book is well-written, and it is honest in pointing out his flaws and successes. Reading about his emotions and perspectives on various situations was fascinating.

Chen Lena
A promised land

This is new book. Can recommend. Worth reading and worth buying online.

Muhammad Ikram Ahmad Kausari
Well that was..thorough

At more than 750 pages, this is just volume one of Obama's presidential memoirs. He takes readers behind the scenes from his childhood through the raid to kill Osama bin Laden. And then it just abruptly ends, leaving us to anticipate the next installment. The parts I appreciated most were glimpses at his family life, particularly how he spent time with his wife and daughters in the White House. Those segments highlight cracks and vulnerabilities in his polished veneer, revealing the man behind the rhetoric. On the whole, I view presidential memoirs as historical documents and try not to allow my political leanings to color my judgment on them.

Lussi Abraham
Great story to tell

The book is worth the time and money we spent for the books. This book is about black president who ruled the the America,a land that its majority is conquered by white citizens. He played a great role in The financial crisis, racism crisis and also the military combat of the country. He had simply said that leadership looks easily from the television but it needed greater support for Barack Obama. I'm truly happy that MPH had stock of this book while other stores were running low on it.

ahmad ridhuan bin abdul murad
A Promised Land (US)

The first book volume A Promised Land is of Barack Obama's widely anticipated presidential memoir. He details his political rise, the 2008 campaign for president, and what his administration accomplished in their first 2.5 years in office.
Filled with his characteristic intelligence and thoughtfulness it vividly portrays all that his administration has accomplished and the ways they fell short,