A Promised Land - Barack Obama

A Promised Land

By Barack Obama

  • Release Date: 2020-11-17
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
From 656 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.


  • Why am I seeing this

    By Vikochka19
    The worst president in US history and the crook. Why would anyone buy the book of this pathological liar.
  • Cringe book

    By Obunga 2.0
    Genuinely hope Barack “Incel” Obama catches AIDS and dies
  • Treason

    By mfuse
    Obama is the most corrupt president in the history of the US and history will prove that to be a fact. The punishment for treason is death!
  • Narcissistic

    By RyssaK
    Worst book I’ve ever read. Don’t waist your money. He talks about himself like he is some type of hero.
  • Garbage

    By DTrump777
    Garbage from a liar
  • Get the heck out!

    By Legal Lawyer Plus One
    This book and others from this man are a true testament of the country we live in and the Republican Party in these aUnited States! Truth, hurts! A reviewer had the audacity to try and associate President O as a Liar in Chief when it’s been for the last four years the current grifter and his family in the White House who is the liar! Miss the Obama’s and witnessing a true American President in Office! Trump lost; the America and its people, have spoken! GET the HELL OUT! Take your grifter family with you!!
  • The epitome of a President

    By AngieAKA1908
    I just read the first 3 pages of President Obama’s book. I am excited to read the remaining pages. This book should be on the bestseller list 10 times over. It well written and it portrays President Obama’s intelligence and eloquence. For The UNPATRIOTIC reviewers who are leaving bad reviews, we understand...you can not relate to President Obama’s level of intelligence so instead you have shown your ignorance by bashing a book that you will never be able to comprehend. You should definitely go back to actually reading Dr. Seuss,
  • Best President in history!

    By Sharkster5
    Thank you President Obama for sharing all your wisdom, and doing it with a heart of compassion. Your legacy will live on forever. 🇺🇸
  • Gross

    By goodjoin
    A man who divided this country more than he wrote policies for it. Yet people still blindly idolize him....sad.
  • A Promised Land

    By The eyes are watching you
    The book is classic,top-shelf,riveting and honest.The title is a master mind!