A Promised Land

A Promised Land

eBook - 2020
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"In the 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. This is the extraordinarily intimate and introspective 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 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."--inside jacket.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Crown, 2020
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781524763183
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: cloudLibrary


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Nov 25, 2020

If you expect this book to be the President's very own Becoming, you are mistaken. In the tradition of political tell-alls by former presidents, this book spans Obama's first presidential campaign and term in excruciating detail. I recommend this book if you are keenly interested in the Obama administration's policy decisions, reactions to disasters, political battles, and compromises.

Nov 20, 2020

Arguably the most anticipated title of the year, the book is drawing raves from varied sources, and Publishers Weekly called it "a remarkably introspective chronicle" of the author's political rise and time in the White House.

Nov 19, 2020

A man leaving a real legacy. Trump will leave nothing.

debwalker Nov 10, 2020

Moving on from the trumpy travesty, let's focus on what shaped a true leader.

debwalker Sep 22, 2020

Coming after the election. History at a turning point.


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