A Promised Land - Barack Obama

A Promised Land Summary

Written By Barack Obama

Readers Score: 4/5
Rated by 2,294 Readers

A Promised Land Book Summary


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


NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • Jennifer Szalai, The New York Times • NPR • The GuardianMarie Claire

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.

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A Promised Land is a Biographies & Memoirs book, written By Barack Obama. As a testament to the Book's popularity, it has gathered a rating of 4 out of a possible 5 Stars, on Reviews by 2,294 Readers who strongly recommends this book.

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  • Bogus Dishonest Reviews

    By Go Higher All
    It’s so obvious that these angry people who are leaving bad reviews have not bought the book, have not read the book, and should not be allowed to review this book unless there is proof of purchase. You’re not fooling anyone.
  • Spiteful Reviews

    By Vc1997
    All of you people giving this book (that you likely haven’t even read and won't) a negative review just based on the fact that you have a personal issue with President Obama please find something else to do with your time. I highly doubt any of you “reviewers" would actually read this book and find out what it really says instead of posting spiteful reviews about a president who accomplished more than your beloved 45 ever did. You can hate me for responding like this but you're patethic, go rant on twitter or facebook instead!
  • Amazing look at an incredible life.

    By I eat books
    How differently history will view 45 and 46. One is a true man among men and the other a conman among conmen. Such a stark contrast between two successive leaders will never be more extreme. The warmth and compassion of Obama is only eclipsed by his class. Such an enlightening book.


  • Junk

    By Qwerfghjkvd146
    This guy is a trader and a shameful example of American
  • Stoic mind

    By Great White Buffalo 17
    The book changed how to place myself in others shoes and evaluate my choices. I felt a strong sense that Obama’s way of explaining decision making even if both choices had bad outcomes. This book was one of the best books I’ve read. Thank you for being a great president and always simplifying your clear message of change for the greater good.
  • Very True Insight

    By LA_Bulldogg
    Loved the book. Read it then bought the audiobook to hear it in his voice. I did enjoy the audiobook more than actually reading it. Hearing him tell the stories and him emphasizing certain elements took me to a different plane. I’ve seen the negative reviews and thought to myself that some of the one star reviews didn’t read the book or give it a chance. An historical President, hearing the explanation behind some of his actions while he navigates Washington D.C. is quite breathtaking. Looking forward to volume 2.
  • I searched

    By Twatsa
    I was trying to find an accomplishment. I couldn’t. He is dangerous and racist and completely delusional.
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    By agsdr
  • Well Done

    By TJHapps
    Enjoyed the book throughly.
  • Thanks Obama

    By Godot2
    I didn’t support all your policies but you didn’t try to overthrow the government so you have that going for you.
  • Obama: the W.O.R.S.T.

    By Boardz20
    How could he sleep at night with all the stuff he supports?!?! Obama was the worst possible president ever, and the most corrupt of them all. He is very racist, and he’s here bad. Hear me out: absolutely do not listen to anything he says. They’re all lies. Lies. LIES I SAY! LIES!
  • A Promised Land

    By Joanabake
    Awesome self portrait of an extraordinary man. I found the book awfully long, but readable as he is a very skilled writer. I loved his self appraisals and respectful descriptions of the people he worked with.