A Promised Land - Barack Obama

A Promised Land

Author: Barack Obama

  • Publication Date: 2020-11-17
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
4 Score: 4
(From 506 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.


  • Perfect Spy Novel

    By tfarrell22
    Liar, traitor, narcissist, unpatriotic, racist, divider, blow-hard, spy & con-artist are a few words that are not included in this alleged autobiography, so I believe it should be labeled for what it really is... a novel.
  • Traitor

    By Dallomp
    This man is a legend in his own mind and is a disgusting human being. He SOLD out our beautiful country.
  • Inspirational and Uplifting

    By Pepperoni & Cheez-It's
    President Obama shows us how to live life. He’s pretty funny too! lol
  • Inspiring, read

    By Moderates make better Leaders
    The book gives glimpses of what true elected office leadership should be.
  • Yup! Looking forward to volume 2

    By OneMario
    A real president.
  • A Promised Land

    By ini_626
    After reading Michelle’s book, this is another great read on insight of just how amazing the Obamas are.
  • A true American

    By DisneyCruisingNut
    This book embodies what America was and should always be. I truly miss him as POTUS especially after the last 4 years of the disaster that is the trump administration
  • Genius

    By MillerM in CA
    So inspiring. This man endured and continues to brave so much in service to our country. This is a brilliant insight into his family, campaign, and Presidency. He didn’t win the Nobel Prize for nothing. But way to go, trolls, for trying to bring a genius down to your grade-school level with your comments. When they go low...
  • Humanizing and insightful.

    By jparsons9
    It’s easy to overlook that government is made up of human beings. This book offers an inside look at a man who shouldered the responsibilities of an entire nation, accepted that responsibility and tried to make positive changes. Successes, failures and personal losses - all of those. Comforting in a time of chaos to know that people like him still care.
  • Not really about the book, yet

    By tlg14
    I purchased it and plan to read it over the weekend. For now, I find it surprising for a few who give it one star without reading it. I’m not surprised as it’s still racism and hatred at its. Best from ignorance. I hope to enjoy the book.