A Promised Land - Barack Obama

A Promised Land

Author: Barack Obama

  • Publication Date: 2020-11-17
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
4 Score: 4
(From 2,054 Ratings)


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 GuardianMarie 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.


  • Skeleton Rap (Minecraft song)

    By BenjaminAK Panda kid.
    Well, hello again friend, I’m a skeleton returning from the dead, determined to be relevant again and a following trends to the Nether to the End, and, I’ve, got a bone to pick with you little human a bone to pick with you little human being, I’ve seen ,where you’ve been and I don’t like it!!! I’ve got a bow to shoot at you little human, a bow to shoot at you little human being I’ve seen where you’ve been and I don’t like it!!! At all!!!
  • Greatest President Ever

    By Rcarter911
    Here is a man that operated with integrity, dignity and respect for all human kind. This book details the thought process in his decisions and how it would affect all kind. This is why there were no scandals during his presidency. Now for all those that follow, we see a sharp contrast of a person with a moral compass versus one who only look out for his personal gain. No matter the truth!
  • Promised Land

    By Kay. number One
    Great book. A wonderful insight into the working of government. Thanks to President Obama for his great service.
  • Best modern president

    By Jkush420
    Behind the tough decisions and moral compass that guides one of the best modern president we ever had 😄❤️🇺🇸🌎☀️
  • The Promised Land

    By Eli$1
    I thought the book was amazing even though there was a lot of political issues that Barack had to go through. It’s amazing at how Barack only had 8 years to try and make things better for the American people and he had so much push back and criticism. I’m so glad that Michelle stuck with Barack. I wish both of them the best in all that they do. I miss them both.
  • Great Person

    By Pan7232651
    His unshakable faith impressed me!
  • The Promised Land

    By diligent observer
    Provides both a captivating view of what it is like to be president and a behind-the-scenes look at the myriad issues of his first two years in office. Well written and very engaging.
  • Could use some work

    By Mr.Saxy
    It’s honestly lacking in depth and personality. Please rewrite and get back to me.
  • Best President and best read!

    By jr13160
    This is one of the best reads to see inside what a “REAL” President of the United States does. What it means to bring people together and to fight for the American dream. He truly is genuine to the core. I’ve read every book of his so far and everyone just gets better. To those who wrote that he is terrible, I find it un-American to rate this book one star just because you want to say negative things and divide America. Is that what you want for the future? Grow up
  • Praise for President Barack Obama

    By Lyonpo Om Pradhan
    Thank you President Obama for this most interesting and historical writing. You are a great human being and the US and the world are fortunate to have seen an example of such a great human being and leader. Wish you and your family the very best in your years ahead. Lyonpo Om Pradhan Bhutan 14 January 2021