A Promised Land - Barack Obama

A Promised Land

By Barack Obama

  • Release Date: 2020-11-17
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
From 2,429 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.


  • As good as you knew it would be

    By Kalebbn
    A truly phenomenal read. Despite it being 700+ pages, I wish there’d been more. One for the ages.
  • Gripping

    By Pbr3558
    Behind the scene account of a decent man dealing with the most complex issues of our time. Gripping.
  • Fantastic . . .

    By ManfromtheSip
    But a long, loooonnnng read.
  • Beautiful insight

    By Sheldon Crasto
    This book is so exceptionally written by Obama. His description about the events and measures he experienced as president really gives a bold idea of a true leader. He is graceful, polished and set the bar for standards in the US Presidency. I’d recommend this book to all who are interested in knowing something about this former president. P.S. ignore the countless trumpers who will fully wrote terrible reviews without reading this book. Their ignorance is clearly visible so as their inability to read.
  • Good not great.

    By rshine65
    Gave me insight to several events that happened during his terms. Did not give me a sense of connection to the emotions he felt while making his significant decisions. Good read...not great for that reason.
  • Junk

    By Qwerfghjkvd146
    This guy is a trader and a shameful example of American
  • Stoic mind

    By Great White Buffalo 17
    The book changed how to place myself in others shoes and evaluate my choices. I felt a strong sense that Obama’s way of explaining decision making even if both choices had bad outcomes. This book was one of the best books I’ve read. Thank you for being a great president and always simplifying your clear message of change for the greater good.
  • Very True Insight

    By LA_Bulldogg
    Loved the book. Read it then bought the audiobook to hear it in his voice. I did enjoy the audiobook more than actually reading it. Hearing him tell the stories and him emphasizing certain elements took me to a different plane. I’ve seen the negative reviews and thought to myself that some of the one star reviews didn’t read the book or give it a chance. An historical President, hearing the explanation behind some of his actions while he navigates Washington D.C. is quite breathtaking. Looking forward to volume 2.
  • I searched

    By Twatsa
    I was trying to find an accomplishment. I couldn’t. He is dangerous and racist and completely delusional.
  • !

    By agsdr