A Promised Land - Barack Obama

A Promised Land

By Barack Obama

  • Release Date: 2020-11-17
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
From 800 Ratings


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.


  • A Promised Land

    By shar sharbinks
    So narcissistic! Overall sense of untruth and a feeling of so far removed from the American people.
  • These Trump supporters in here lol

    By Behnam A
    Obama’s book is a well written book about the challenges he faced in America.
  • Worst book ever

    By alpha over all liberals
    It was a very horrible read. Worst book ever.
  • Progress over Obstruction

    By Richard Bakare
    The obstructionist stance that the Republican delegation of Congress had towards Obama was clear before he ever took office. To me and many other minorities, it was a clearly racist response to a historic moment. Even if it meant significant pain for everyday Americans that formed their constituencies. That Obama and his administration were able to overcome that block-headed disposition towards his agenda is truly legendary. From averting financial disaster, saving or spawning whole industries, fighting wars on multiple fronts, and rallying international foes & allies towards some progress on a host of issues. That the successes did not get translated down to the voters is a lesson in controlling your own narrative. “The U.S. government’s an ocean liner...Not a speedboat. If we want to change our approach...we need a strategy that builds over time.” This point late in the book exemplifies the spanning historical narrative style of the memoir. The memoir emphasizes Obama’s first term is not just the four years under his watch, but the culmination of all the policy wins and mistakes from every administration before. Some not so easily unraveled, and some he gets the blame regardless of context. In all, this behind the scenes tour of the inner workings of politics and the White House, leads to an appreciation to the unsung staff and team that sit behind every leader. The ones who sacrifice time with family, never get enough sleep, don’t appear on cable news networks, and serve their country first. It is also a reminder that an informed citizenry can better reward their sacrifices by participating in democracy by voting every time and working to improve their own little pitch of Earth at the local level.
  • Detestable human

    By VeggieDealer
    Absolutely one of the most vile people alive. Disgusting for him to get a peace prize.
  • Yes, I voted for him.

    By Coolishelk69
    He is charismatic and a good speaker, but don’t like how he and Democratic Party have spilt this nation....he did not like Trump, before Donald even said he was running for office. He was very publicly rude at a dinner with hundreds of people and roasted Trump in his speech that evening.....I personally think that is when Donald made up his mind to run for POTUS. He didn’t need the job, as he obviously gives away his salary.
  • Ruined our country

    By jmb11197
    Worst President in the history of the US. I am convinced you hate America. You are a part of and probably a leader of the Deep State.
  • A must read for all Republicans in 2020

    By harwood19
    A fantastic ride and irrefutable reminder of how lucky we were having this man as president for 8 years.
  • Pretentious

    By htdogg
    Dude really loves himself. 3rd autobiography wow.
  • I Love it

    By LailaSam
    Can’t put it down. So well written, honest . Deep thinker & great vocabulary! It’s a great read.