A Promised Land

(16) By Barack Obama
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A riveting, deeply private account of historical past within the making – from the president who impressed us to imagine within the energy of democracy.

In the stirring, extremely anticipated first quantity of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his unbelievable odyssey from younger man trying to find his id to chief of the free world, describing in strikingly private element each his political schooling and the landmark moments of the primary time period of his historic presidency – a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.

Obama takes listeners on a compelling journey from his earliest political aspirations to the pivotal Iowa caucus victory that demonstrated the facility of grassroots activism to the watershed night time of November 4, 2008, when he was elected forty fourth president of the United States, changing into the primary African American to carry the nation’s highest workplace.

Reflecting on the presidency, he gives a novel and considerate exploration of each the superior attain and the bounds of presidential energy, in addition to singular insights into the dynamics of US partisan politics and worldwide diplomacy. Obama brings listeners contained in the Oval Office and the White House Situation Room, and to Moscow, Cairo, Beijing, and factors past. We are aware of his ideas as he assembles his cupboard, wrestles with a worldwide monetary disaster, takes the measure of Vladimir Putin, overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds to safe passage of the Affordable Care Act, clashes with generals about US technique in Afghanistan, tackles Wall Street reform, responds to the devastating Deepwater Horizon blowout, and authorizes Operation Neptune’s Spear, which results in the loss of life of Osama bin Laden.

A Promised Land is very intimate and introspective – the story of 1 man’s wager with historical past, the religion of a group organizer examined on the world stage. Obama is candid concerning the balancing act of working for workplace as a Black American, bearing the expectations of a era buoyed by messages of “hope and alter”, and assembly the ethical challenges of high-stakes decision-making. He is frank concerning the forces that opposed him at residence and overseas, open about how residing within the White House affected his spouse and daughters, and unafraid to disclose self-doubt and disappointment. Yet he by no means wavers from his perception that inside the good, ongoing American experiment, progress is at all times attainable.

This superbly written and highly effective book captures Barack Obama’s conviction that democracy isn’t a present from on excessive however one thing based on empathy and customary understanding and constructed collectively, daily.

Formats: ePub, Audio Book
Narrator: Barack Obama
Duration: 29 hours and 10 minutes
Publication date: 17 Nov 2020
Publisher: Random House Audio
Language: English

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