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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 listeners 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 US partisan politics and international diplomacy. Obama brings listeners 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 US 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. 

©2021 Barack Obama (P)2021 Random House Audio

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Obama reads this himself!

Obama reads this himself! I love hearing his views. Also, he is an incredible narrator.

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Very partisan

I like Barack Obama, and I was really looking forward to this book, but the only thing I got from this is Democrats are good, republicans are evil, and the only difference between Barack and god is god doesn’t think he’s Barack. My wife asked me what I expected, he’s still a politician. I guess she’s right.

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He reads his own book!!

Pleasantly pleased and hooked with this book. On Chapter 5. I love that it’s him reading his own book! He has all his own emotions that pull you into his life. Happy Canadian reader.

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Insightful and engaging listen

I really enjoyed listening to this book. President Obama's experience was very insightful and engaging. I liked very much the narration.

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A true Man of Mankind

This is an inspiration for all. What an example of compassion, understanding, empathy and love. Its testimony of what can be achieved when you believe in each other🇨🇦🙏♥️

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Beautifully written

great book going into detail of the President's mindset during his years both before and during his first presidential term

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So much to admire

I’ve been looking forward to listening to this book for some time. (I got the audiobook version as I felt the narration by the author adds so much to the telling). Like I thought would be the case, I was thoroughly impressed. The Obama family is a true inspiration, and it was intensely interesting to me to be swept into the more intimate goings on and decision making that took place during the Obama administration and in his pre-presidency years. There’s just so much to admire in these pages. And there’s so much that’s left wanting when you compare the deliberation, generosity and intentionality behind Obama’s years in the White House, and the hate-spewing, divisive, dumpster fire that’s been the Trump campaign and administration. Yikes. Such an astonishing difference that was clear before but is hugely highlighted here. This excerpt from the beginning stages of the book delivered exactly on what I was expecting and looking forward to: “Do we care to match the reality of America to its ideals? If so, do we really believe that our notions of self government and individual freedom, equality of opportunity and equality before the law, apply to everybody? Or are we instead committed, in practice if not in statue, to reserving those things for a privileged few?” “I recognize that there are those who believe that it’s time to discard the myth. That an examination of America’s past and an even cursory glance at today’s headlines show that the nation’s ideals have always been secondary to conquest and subjugation, a racial caste system and rapacious capitalism and that to pretend otherwise is to be complicit in a game that was rigged from the start. And I confess, that there have been times during the course of writing this book, as I’ve reflected on my presidency and all that’s happened since, when I’ve had to ask myself whether I was too tempered in speaking the truth as I saw it, too cautious in either word or deed, convinced as I was that by appealing to what Lincoln called “the better angels of our nature” I stood a better chance of leading us in the direction of the America we’ve been promised. I don’t know. What I can say for certain is that I’m not yet ready to abandon the possibility of America. Not just for the sake of future generations of Americans, but for all of human kind.” He’s just so great. From minutes into the book, I was assured I was in for an entertaining, enlightening read, with compassionate and deep commentaries on the state of America, from its politics to its people, the goodness and absurd cruelty entangled within.

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amazing but a bit too long

should’ve made it like 5 hours shorter. it’s 30 hours long like that’s pretty long a day and 6 hours to listen to a book

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Fantastic historical perspective

Great listen! It was nice to get a glimpse of his point of view. A class act all the way. I look forward to the next volume.

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The Audacity of Hope

A well written, thoughtful and it times sober recounting of right years plus. My have times changed. Thank you Mr. President.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-11-22

A wonderful book written by an icon of our time

If you want to know what happened around the world in the last years, if you want to feel the ups and downs of being the president of the United States of America, if you need an inspiring story that motivates and challenges you to be better and make a difference: that's your must read book! P.S. Some people say that it is too long. Well, I read it in just 3 days and I cannot wait to read the second part!

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  • Andriamisy
  • 2020-12-02

EXCELLENTISSIME COMME LA BONNE SOUSOUPE

Barack est vachement cool comme mec ça ce sent bien. J'ai dégusté ma bonne sousoupe dans le château de soupex tout en écoutant le livre qui m'a rassassié. MERCI KINDLE MERCI BARACK

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  • Constance
  • 2020-11-17

Soothing, Oratorical and Insightful

If you enjoy hearing President Barack Obama speak, you'll love this. Such a soothing voice but moreso an amazing storyteller. Kept me engaged and on the edge of his every word. Love his candidness, insight and respectful way in which he pulls back the curtain on his time in office. HIGHLY recommend.

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  • Joe
  • 2020-11-17

A candle in the dark. Renewing my faith in America

We sometimes feel that empathy, respect for humankind, enthusiasm for knowledge and just common decency are slipping in this world. President Obama finds a way to make me believe in my fellow man again. I admire this man's story, it honestly makes me want to be better myself. This audible book shows just how good he is at painting a picture, and why so many love his speeches. Great listen! Hardcopy is being purchased as I write!

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  • Euphemism
  • 2020-11-19

Brilliantly entertaining

I did not anticipate being so greatly entertained. President Obama is a truly gifted storyteller. His narrative includes interesting people and conversations, but he could even make a trip to the hardware store engaging. For example, he makes buildings and locations come alive: a condo, the walk from the residence to the West Wing. Delightful book. I deeply appreciate the generous gift of candor and humor it encloses.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-11-18

Exceptional!Could not have been more aptly titled.

I am only halfway through the book and I'm savoring every chapter. it is with humor, facts over feelings where needed...the walk-through in civics, priceless and awesome to have it narrated by the author himself! Will also purchase hardcover.

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  • J. R.
  • 2020-11-17

Amazing

I love memoirs and autobiographies read by the author, gives us such a personal connection to their minds to how a true leader should conduct himself or herself. Heavy on financial reform, light on the 2016 election, and a good mix of personal anecdotes, although I wish he discussed life after the White House, which isn't mentioned at all.

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  • Lucian Graves
  • 2020-11-18

A president from Hawaii with an aloha spirit.

This book is absolutely delightful! It will make you laugh, cry, and feel inspired. Obama tells a story of a his journey from being born in Hawaii raised without a father to becoming America’s first biracial African American president. As a fellow Hawaii native, this story and his legacy will always be held in a sacred place in my heart.

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  • S E. L
  • 2020-11-20

I know you might not read this but... 😄

I'm crying and listening to this book. As a maid I can picture the cleaning crew and butlers joy serving for you. What an honor!! As a Jehovahs Witness it was nice the mention in your book. As a latina thank you for the César Chaver National Park. I can relate to your thoughts that so much history gets omitted in schools. For the epilogue in you next part 2 book I would like to read about when you get to hang your presidential picture in the white house. I can't wait to see that day. I keep dreaming of that day for 4 years.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-11-20

Exceeded my expectations...

This audible book by 44 is simply amazing. I find myself muting everything around me to focus in...

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  • Scott Canali
  • 2020-11-19

Outstanding and fascinating!

Barack Obama tells his story (through his 1st term) as only he can - with candor, humor, and fascinating detail. You can tell he enjoyed reading it - and writing it. And you’re going to *love* listening to it!!

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  • Bonnie
  • 2020-11-23

Show and painful rehash

I don’t know what I expected; this S L O W moving narrative was not it. Half way through and thoroughly confused by the economic plans I’m finally giving up. This one is apparently for a much more patient and developed intellect than I have!

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