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The Promise Land

Updated: Sep 10, 2021

The Presidential Memoir #1

By Barack Obama

A Riveting and Thoughtful Memoir by a Consummate Storyteller



Reflecting on the presidency, Obama offer and inspiring personal memoir of his experience as the 44th President of the United States. Starting with his decision to run for office, his campaign and election, he offers intimate insights into his unique experiences as the first African American to hold the nation’s highest office.

A PROMISE LAND takes the reader inside the White House residence, the Oval Office, Air Force One and the Situation Room. Obama shares background and stories relating to the healthcare debate, the financial crisis, international diplomacy, the Deepwater Horizon crisis, and our role in the world economy.

This is the first of two planned volumes. This first book starts with his political career and early life and concludes with the military operation surrounding the killing of Osama bin Laden in May 2011.

“To be known. To be heard. To have one’s unique identity recognized and seen as worthy. It was a universal human desire, I thought, as true for nations and peoples as it was for individuals.”


A PROMISED LAND Is a riveting, and thoughtful memoir written by a consummate storyteller. This is a beautifully written and much needed documentary and retrospective of the of first three years of Obama’s presidency. His intelligence and humility is evident and appreciated.

Some of the most intriguing parts of the book are Obama’s reflections on his thought processes and risk evaluations when making major decisions and sending other into harms way, like the killing of bin Laden. His personal stories of Michelle and the girls added lightness and heart to the twenty-nine hour, (700 page) recounting of significant historical events.

The audio book was narrated by Obama. Much like all of his speeches, it was expertly delivered with professionalism, character and grace. His tone, pacing and pronunciation was perfect. Listening to his voice was especially inspiring, comforting and reassuring.

“And so the world watches America – the only great power in history made up of people from every corner of the planet, comprising every race and faith and cultural practice – to see if our experiment in democracy can work. To see if we can do what no other nation has ever done. To see if we can actually live up to the meaning of our creed.”

“More than anyone, this book is for those young people—an invitation to once again remake the world, and bring about, through hard work, determination, and a big dose of imagination, an America that finally aligns with all that is best in us.”

Publisher Crown Publishing Group

Published November 17, 2020

Narrated Barack Obama

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