A Promised Land

Barack Obama

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THE #1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Times / Guardian / Telegraph / i News / The New York Times / Washington Post / NPR / Marie Claire

A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making-from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy

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

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.

'What is unexpected in A Promised Land is the former president's candour' David Olusoga, Observer

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Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Seitenzahl 768
Erscheinungsdatum 17.11.2020
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-241-49151-5
Verlag Penguin Books Ltd
Maße (L/B/H) 24,3/16,5/5,2 cm
Gewicht 1064 g
Verkaufsrang 266

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Who is afraid of the English language?
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Leonding am 18.02.2021

Ich hatte ursprünglich Bedenken, ob meine Englischkenntnisse ausreichen würden. Matura-Neveau reicht aus, um das Buch mit großer Freude zu lesen. Obama ist ein toller Politiker, Autor und Mensch. Ich habe das Buch für ein Geschenk nochmals gekauft und kann es nur weiterempfehlen.

An Idealist comes to the White House …
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden am 14.02.2021

Sounds like a joke, but Barack Obama’s book, part memoir, part political treatise, explains exactly that: How he came to be a politician, what difficulties presented themselves, when he finally won the elections and how politics is very often nothing more than finding the best compromise. All that is told in exquisite prose, wh... Sounds like a joke, but Barack Obama’s book, part memoir, part political treatise, explains exactly that: How he came to be a politician, what difficulties presented themselves, when he finally won the elections and how politics is very often nothing more than finding the best compromise. All that is told in exquisite prose, which helps to overlook the typically American pathos, that shines trough from time to time. As he only reaches Osama bin Laden’s assassination in 2011 after 700 pages, I wonder, if he actually only needs one other book to get to the end of his presidency. Either way, I’m looking forward to reading more.

Interesting view of an extraordinary person
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Wentorf am 02.02.2021
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The first half of the book was awesome, and provided a great introduction to Mr. Obama general views of the world, and what drove him to be an extraordinary person. The 2nd half is not bad, but while the loooong list of political "fights" does belong in the book and does explain a lot of his actions - it does also repeat itself... The first half of the book was awesome, and provided a great introduction to Mr. Obama general views of the world, and what drove him to be an extraordinary person. The 2nd half is not bad, but while the loooong list of political "fights" does belong in the book and does explain a lot of his actions - it does also repeat itself again and again and takes away from the entertainment-factor. That having been said, all in all a good read!


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      • 1: PREFACE

      • 2: PART ONE | THE BET

      • 3: PART TWO | YES WE CAN

      • 4: PART THREE | RENEGADE

      • 5: PART FOUR | THE GOOD FIGHT

      • 6: PART FIVE | THE WORLD AS IT IS

      • 7: PART SIX | IN THE BARREL

      • 8: PART SEVEN | ON THE HIGH WIRE

      • 9: ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

      • 10: PHOTOGRAPH CREDITS

      • 11: INDEX