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Gorgeously written, humorous, compelling, life affirming -- Justin Webb ― Mail on Sunday

Beautifully written and disarmingly candid . . . leavened with telling asides, poignant vignettes, painterly character sketches and an occasional corker of a joke -- Tony Allen-Mills ― The Sunday Times

As a work of political literature A Promised Land is impressive. Obama is a gifted writer -- Gary Younge ― Guardian

Barack Obama is as fine a writer as they come . . . the prose gorgeous in places, the detail granular and vivid -- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ― The New York Times

What is unexpected in A Promised Land is not its literary elegance but the former president's candour -- David Olusoga ― Observer

Deeply enjoyable . . . Obama is such a fluent and warm writer and so good at describing events and peopleDaily Express

Beautifully written . . . it's probably the best volume of autobiography from a former president in modern times -- Sean O'Grady ― Independent, *****

Remarkably candid and beautifully written . . . It should bring inspiration for we Brits who want to build our own version of inclusive patriotism here at home -- David Lammy ― i

Gives a very human insight into the White HouseStylist

To keep company with his elegant prose, complex conscience and unmistakable intelligence is a cool drink of water after four years of the other guy . . . -- Sam Leith ― Spectator

Elegantly written ... Obama comes across as literary, tolerant and dignified. A gifted writer, he maintains the reader's interest for over 700 pages -- Eric Foner ― TLS

Deeply enjoyable...Obama is such a fluent and warm writer and so good at describing events and people ― Daily Express

His ability to put himself in the shoes of others - even those who treat him with open contempt - is admirable -- Financial Times

Honest, powerful and personal...a must read ― OK! magazine

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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.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Viking; 1st edition (17 Nov. 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 768 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0241491517
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0241491515
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 16 x 5 x 24.1 cm
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Barack Obama was the 44th president of the United States, elected in November 2008 and holding office for two terms. He is the author of three New York Times bestselling books, Dreams from My Father, The Audacity of Hope, and A Promised Land, and is the recipient of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Michelle. They have two daughters, Malia and Sasha.


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5.0 out of 5 stars An insightful book and a riveting read
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A riveting book by an accomplished writer. There's a brief bit of drag owing to complex details between pages 500 to 550, and perhaps less enthusiasm to cover the difficult bits of his first term of presidency. Yet, the rest of the book is easily understandable to even a cursory follower of American politics like me.

Obama has a done a great job of arranging different concurrent threads that ran through his presidency into separate chapters. However, I find some tit bits, for instance, about Obama’s India visit, don't really fit in with the larger narrative of some of his chapters.

I like his narrative technique, clear writing style and self effacing humour. Some of his long sentences are also fascinating, just for its structure.

Obama's faith in an America that treats all its people equal, lets them achieve their dreams, moves beyond its sins, a promised land of equal opportunity is reasserted several times in his book. An insight into Obama's thought process, both before and during his presidency, is the most compelling reason for anyone to read this book.
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