A Promised Land

A Promised Land by Barack Obama 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.

A Promised Land by Barack Obama Book Reviews

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- Beautiful insight5 star

This book is so exceptionally written by Obama. His description about the events and measures he experienced as president really gives a bold idea of a true leader. He is graceful, polished and set the bar for standards in the US Presidency. I’d recommend this book to all who are interested in knowing something about this former president. P.S. ignore the countless trumpers who will fully wrote terrible reviews without reading this book. Their ignorance is clearly visible so as their inability to read.

- Good not great.4 star

Gave me insight to several events that happened during his terms. Did not give me a sense of connection to the emotions he felt while making his significant decisions. Good read...not great for that reason.

- Junk1 star

This guy is a trader and a shameful example of American

- Stoic mind5 star

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 Insight5 star

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 searched1 star

I was trying to find an accomplishment. I couldn’t. He is dangerous and racist and completely delusional.

- !4 star


- Well Done5 star

Enjoyed the book throughly.

- Thanks Obama5 star

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.1 star

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 Land5 star

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.

- Amazing5 star

Barack Obama is an amazing person

- We get to gaze into the mind of one of The Greatest5 star

I really love how President Obama shares the challenges to becoming and being a Husband, Father and President of the United States. Too often we believe something magical happens, too often we forget that Obama and others are just like us. They’re people who are just trying for something larger than themselves. So proud to have been alive during this time. This book sheds light and insight on the mind of an amazing Black man & supreme leader.

- Do not read1 star

Do not get this book I hate it so bad

- Disappointed3 star

I am a wholehearted Obama supporter, but initially I couldn’t get beyond the first 100 pages. We read about all this before and repeated again it smacked of self importance. I left it with a 2 rating. After taking a break I got back to it and did manage to finish it - and my rating went up to 3, but that’s all I’ll give it. It’s just too clinical- some decent context for those who don’t know some of the history behind different events or issues, but no real emotion or lessons for the future; almost a bit defensive and defeatist. Where’s the “Yes we can” man?! And c’mon, where the rage about been stopped by his detractors at every step? And you could have done more! Not going to buy Part 2.

- Skeleton Rap (Minecraft song)5 star

Well, hello again friend, I’m a skeleton returning from the dead, determined to be relevant again and a following trends to the Nether to the End, and, I’ve, got a bone to pick with you little human a bone to pick with you little human being, I’ve seen ,where you’ve been and I don’t like it!!! I’ve got a bow to shoot at you little human, a bow to shoot at you little human being I’ve seen where you’ve been and I don’t like it!!! At all!!!

- Greatest President Ever5 star

Here is a man that operated with integrity, dignity and respect for all human kind. This book details the thought process in his decisions and how it would affect all kind. This is why there were no scandals during his presidency. Now for all those that follow, we see a sharp contrast of a person with a moral compass versus one who only look out for his personal gain. No matter the truth!

- Promised Land5 star

Great book. A wonderful insight into the working of government. Thanks to President Obama for his great service.

- Best modern president5 star

Behind the tough decisions and moral compass that guides one of the best modern president we ever had 😄❤️🇺🇸🌎☀️

- The Promised Land5 star

I thought the book was amazing even though there was a lot of political issues that Barack had to go through. It’s amazing at how Barack only had 8 years to try and make things better for the American people and he had so much push back and criticism. I’m so glad that Michelle stuck with Barack. I wish both of them the best in all that they do. I miss them both.

- Great Person5 star

His unshakable faith impressed me!

- The Promised Land5 star

Provides both a captivating view of what it is like to be president and a behind-the-scenes look at the myriad issues of his first two years in office. Well written and very engaging.

- Could use some work1 star

It’s honestly lacking in depth and personality. Please rewrite and get back to me.

- Best President and best read!5 star

This is one of the best reads to see inside what a “REAL” President of the United States does. What it means to bring people together and to fight for the American dream. He truly is genuine to the core. I’ve read every book of his so far and everyone just gets better. To those who wrote that he is terrible, I find it un-American to rate this book one star just because you want to say negative things and divide America. Is that what you want for the future? Grow up

- Praise for President Barack Obama5 star

Thank you President Obama for this most interesting and historical writing. You are a great human being and the US and the world are fortunate to have seen an example of such a great human being and leader. Wish you and your family the very best in your years ahead. Lyonpo Om Pradhan Bhutan 14 January 2021

- Outstanding5 star

Awesome wonderful book from beginning to end. A must read book.

- One of the best Presidential Memoirs!5 star

Obama takes us through his first Term in the White House, beginning with his Senatorial years, with vivid details. Humble and always ready to share his accomplishments with his team, Obama reveals the sensitivity & caring man behind the stoic facade. Must read!

- Bravo Mr. President!5 star

I do not even know where to start with in my review. Barack’s writing guided me through this book like a John Grisham novel. He have me a detailed picture of his thoughts and actions and I felt my self excited to get to the next chapter. I loved how he provided true gratitude to his support family and support staff. This one will go down as one of the most well written Presidential accounts in history...and it is only part one!

- Amazing.5 star

I was young during this administration. Now that I have a better understanding of the world. This was an amazing read.

- This should be under fiction1 star

Don’t know what world this guy is describing. He tries to make stuff up to become relevant.

- Great Read and Great President with Flaws5 star

The lowness of the trash troll comments is insane to me. You took time out of your pathetic lives to trash a book you didn’t read just because President Obama was on the cover. You’re the lowest of the low, you’re cowards and you’re the enemy of this state supporting the real trash president who’s a criminal, pardons criminals and is the most un-presidential person in the history of America! Get a life! And if you’re so bold to leave disgusting comments leave your real names. Now back to the book.. the book gave us more insight into what this president dealt with in office and the impact on his life and family! Nothing most of us didn’t know based on the racists on here proving what America really stands for.

- Excellent5 star

Excellent read. Very good account of the history behind the events. Loved the book. Love Obama.

- A story of a delusional man that divided america1 star

Not worth a penny.

- Narcissistic2 star

Just not interesting

- AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!5 star


- Pure garrrbage1 star

One of the worst presidents in history who accomplished nothing, definitely worth a read just for type comedy factor.

- Obama maybe find a new life far far away1 star

This book is um I’m trying not to curse here

- Superb insight into Obama’s 1st term5 star

An eye opening and engaging insight into how hard it was, to become (IMO) the greatest president this country has had the fortune to experience. It explains in detail how government is meant to work, but more importantly how it doesn’t! His struggles from his formative years to lawyer, senator and to president are inspiring at the very minimum. An excellent lesson in humility for us lesser beings!

- Great Book!5 star

I like the way Obama fitted all the key details of his presidency. I don’t know why people are say worst book ever... they are probably little kids. But overall great book 100% recommend.

- Trash1 star

Worst President, and one of the worst people to be born.

- Goat5 star

Yessir Obama!

- Yuck - hayel NO1 star

Wouldn’t touch this book with a 39 and a half foot pole! Won’t let me submit a no star rating...!

- Awesome read4 star

Great book...great President. I have a feeling the bad reviews come from the Trumpsters and they probably haven’t even read the book.

- Audiobook5 star

I have a hard time believing people who don’t like Obama listened to 20 hours or read 700 some pages about his presidency. Especially when the review is one sentence about him personally 😂. I’m not finished with the audio book but I’ve enjoyed it so far. Insightful and interesting, it’s not easy being president. At first I was confused as to why it had to be so long, but I appreciate the detail he put into his project.

- Worst president ever!1 star

Worst president ever!

- A President!5 star

This book is about a human who became President against all odds and without the help of the Communist in Moscow. I can imagine the book “Written by the Orange Man”, probably nothing but a collection of Tweets and misspelled words. Maybe some additions by Jeffrey Epstein and Roger Stone? Maybe a new edition of the Grinch who spoils everyone’s Christmas 2020?

- Phenomenal5 star

People who are on here trashing the book surely did not read it. Assuming that they really think so many of these things about him why purchase the book? If you’re interested in this book I would suggest that you download the sample.

- Trash1 star

This book is filled with lies. He divided the US and is now writing books while enriching himself. This country must not be racist after all.

- Aiden D1 star

It was an ok book and I didn’t like the guy or the things he said, but for being a book this wasn’t too bad but i didn’t like it personally But for some people this would be a great book and if you love this man and the things he has said I think this would be a good book for you

- Lies1 star

This guy is so full of himself. He never helped anyone except himself.

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Uzidboss - Horrible and such a waste of time1 star

Slightly insightful but filled with lies

SukMas - Enlightening5 star

Outstanding read!

DeonK - his legacy was Trump1 star

He promised hope. He had millions chanting “yes we can”. Then... he lied

MaryJolie614 - Great book that gives an insight into being POTUS5 star

I’ve read all the other books of President Obama and really like this book out of the 3. The other ones were written prior his entry into his role as president. I think this one really gives a real perspective of his life as POTUS, the intellect and empathy required for the office, a great insight into the difficult decisions he has to take for the USA and if effects on his family. People often forget all he has accomplished in his first term: saving the economy from a brink of recession in 2008, the healthcare act, the climate change policy initiatives, the 2 wars (Iraq and Afghanistan) he inherited and had to close, the undocumented immigrants policies he had to put in place as well as the LGBQT policies and finally the fact that he captured and killed Osama Bin Ladin (Al-Quada’s terrorist group leader responsible for the 9/11 attacks). Not much people give him credit for all these accomplishments under his administration. They often prefer the lies and fact less rhetoric of Trump. Anyhow, I’m glad for the 1st African American president the USA had, to have had Barrack Obama as it representative. He put the bar high on the excellence required to hold this office and execute on all promises. I know because of him, I see the possibilities for what is possible for me and my offspring limitless. Thanks for a great record of your presidency @barackobama @potus #promiseland #dreamscometrue #dreamsfrommyfather #audacityofhope

KingVIII - Garbage can of lies.1 star

The man is an ego maniac. Dangerous drivel. Poorly written.

Andre Singer - Amazing5 star

Great Book

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1a7s9d - Utter trash1 star

Obama is self absorbed, lying pile of dog excrement. Utter garbage.

[email protected] - What a refreshing look at the kind of person it takes to be called POTUS.5 star

The current mentally challenged impossinator has so far left 326,000 dead in the US while deciding to golf at Mar-a-Lago and sticking us with the accrued $151 million dollar bill while he has ignored the matters at hand. Obama at least had the courtesy and empathy to bring health care to millions before the current administration’s GOP sheep nuked it so they could afford to bless themselves with a tax break. It’s obvious the brain dead uned ucated trolls who pretend to have read this book are nothing more than the cult of T%#@! wanna be thugs that are equally responsible for attempting to destroy the constitution in order to set up a dictatorship of white only racist morons. Good luck losers!

janrph - Very well written5 star

Excellent accounting by Obama of the challenges and decisions made during his first term as President. Very interesting read.

luvrealsingers - Amazing book5 star

Amazing President and book is awesome. Ignore the negative reviews they did not read the book. Why would you purchase a book of someone you don't like?

Lcp27 - Terrible1 star

The title alone is a farce. Couldn’t finish it through all of the lies. Check out Dan Bongino’s Follow the Money - that’s a real eye opener.

贤真若悠 - There were noting but glorified lies in this book!1 star

He is a political opportunist and a cheat and a impostor. Traitor to American people! There are noting but glorified lies in his book!

Eddirty - Wow5 star

Amazing stuff! Such an easy listen. 10/10

yoMeds - He was the President1 star

He wasn’t God. This book is literally Obama beating it to himself. And a bunch of idiots will probably do the same while reading it.

Chapmaster G - Socialism at its finest.1 star

It’s great until you run out of someone else’s money.

Detailia - Barack Obama5 star

I haven’t read the book yet either but my very literate and very intelligent daughter has and says it was excellent. Let me guess...all the negative reviews probably came from Trumpsters?

HeartofGold✨ - Wonderful5 star

It’s going to be plenty of people who didn’t want to see him as “President “ talk down on him,his family an of course this book....WHO CARES!....Great Job👍🏽👏🏽

F!nd!ngN3m0 - Don’t listen to the angry ReTrumplicans...5 star

This book gave an in-depth look at Obama, not just the president, but as a son, brother, husband, and father; with all the vulnerability that comes with those titles. Hate him or love him; you get a true understanding of how he revolutionized an American presidency as well as all the labour, blood, sweat, and tears it took to accomplish that. So, to all the negative reviews...you probably didn’t read the book and just want to give it a lousy rating.

UMJM - Nope5 star

I’ve never read a book where a man thought so much of himself. I don’t recommend this book.

Timothy R P - The worst President of all Time!!1 star

Completely corrupt in all aspects of his life. The definition of a sorry human being.

Lexi_Maddi - Just not that great. Sorry1 star

Just not a good read. Very plain and boring.

Valerie Howard - Normal human5 star

Brutally honest with his life and the normal problems that we all experience, raising his daughters during their teenage years, the sacrifices that Michelle had to make for him to have his dreams, causing them to almost lose their love and friendship that they thought was never going to come back to the family they were before his presidency. They did survive the trials and tribulations of their life. The worst years of life for any daughters to be normal especially when they were always surrounded by secret service. He always made time for his family to be just that. I never knew that he had been in the lowest place in his lifetime. They have found their way to get back to the love they had in the pre- White House years. She was just about to leave him and she stayed through it all with him. A great motivational story about marriage and family life is hard work. Hey they are human like all of us. He was never my choice to be president. But I was really touched by the fact that he is a very good person. Has a great sense of humor also. I just know that I could never get up there and do that job and you who are criticizing could not have done it either! Thank you for sharing your normal human life and kindness with the world

Domthesocialworker - Didn’t read the book.5 star

I feel like most of the negative reviews on here are simply from people that haven’t read the book and already have a negative opinion about Obama. Anyone can post a review and never have purchased the book. I think for that reason alone, I’ll pick up the book.

Greenrodeo - A Promised Land1 star

Pure crap. This man and his wife are true enemies of the state. Nauseating couple of 1%ers who denigrated the sect till they were able to become members using their status to turn political office into millions$. Should have written a valuable book..How I Became The Worst President In History And Fooled Some Of The People All The Time.

MaxSmith2022 - An amazing story5 star

The personal story that I never knew I wanted to read. Miss you Obama!

timellis74 - Racist and corrupt1 star

Probably the most corrupt, divisive and racist President we’ve ever had.

25MGW - Excellent book, excellent president5 star

To all the haters writing reviews - You know you didn’t buy the book let alone read it. You people are so crazy with hate; you must live miserable lives. Just know this - President Obama couldn’t care less what you think about him or his book.

rebtedyoda1 - A special man5 star

Obama is still a community organizer and university professor with heart and honesty. He made us proud to be Americans. I believe the country misses him.

NY Minute - Waste of money1 star

Egotistical drivel.

Lstairs - Did know he could write this well5 star

I seldom read anything other than mystery books with an occasional science fiction story. However this book was so well written, so personal, and so moving that I had tears in my eyes every 20 pages or so. It made me so proud to be an American. A pride that, I admit, over the last four years, has wained.

LeftTheLeft - Another Book About Himself1 star

Yet another book about himself, how many could he possibly write?

HoyaInfinitum - Immaculate5 star

Unreal depiction of a historic well-run presidency. The competency and humanity of this administration shine throughout

Zayriq56 - Response to biased reviews5 star

This was an amazing read for me. I’m just floored by the unmitigated vitriol expressed by obvious republicans who for some reason worship at the alter of the worst person who ever occupied the “People’s House”. I find it incredible that almost 5 years after the fact that these people still can’t bring themselves to tell the truth about Obama’s extraordinary 2 terms in office. Let’s just say for the sake of argument that he sucked as President. Even if that were true, he still stands head and shoulders above the lawless piece of human excrement who succeeded him in office, with, we should NEVER forget, the hand of Russia all over his time in office. Was President Obama perfect? Heck no. But don’t allow the good that he did become the enemy of the perfect ideal that republicans unfairly seek to destroy his image for not being. With almost 300,000 people dead and counting, and the diminution of the country’s image around the world, I can’t, for the life of me, understand why the “Orange One” is tearing up the country and it’s norms and customs in the pursuit of holding on to a job that he obviously has no interest in carrying out the duties of. In 8 years on the job, Obama had not even a hint of improper conduct in his entire administration. So, I’m clear about the importance of this black man being the first person other than a white man to hold that office. And what a fine job he did, in spite of the fact that leaders of the Republican Party were on record stating that their reason for being was to ensure that Obama was a one term president. They couldn’t even pull that off.

tnk0225 - Amazing5 star

This was very well written I love detail in a book and that’s exactly what he did. Reading some of these reviews that gave it bad stars obviously didn’t read the book just been hateful is All he wasn’t born in the us hmmmm Hawaii is apart of the us smh. Anyway very educational and a good read. I read it not because he was our BEST president ever but because he is a teacher and I’m loving to gain knowledge

Big burger 15 - Brilliant5 star

91% of the bad reviews are people not actually reading the book.

Rae Brown MD - Incomparable!5 star

A triumph of the 21st century!

Sal Haffina - AMAZING5 star

An incredible and DEEPER read of the Mindset of a Brilliant and Loving American. The Truth about America’s greatness and criminality of racism, slavery, Jim Crow in 2020 and beyond! If Americans Continue to FAIL GREATLY at massively Addressing and Changing Racism and Brutality hidden in laws, the culture, and mores of American life, America will CONTINUE to lose the global challenges that face all industrialized countries! President Obama clearly expresses the obvious challenges in America surrounding race, racism, capitalism, greed, willful ignorance, fear mongering, lying, and white privileged! Well written President Obama!

Tpr2 - Quite Boring2 star

I find this book quite boring, this was a hard read for me it kept putting me to sleep. There was nothing exciting in the book that kept me wanting to read except about the raid for bin laden. There was no smoking gun, nothing that jump out at you. I felt that although Obama wanted to get into politics once he became President and saw how racist it was he really did not express his true feeling in the book to which I was some what disappointed. If there is a book 2 that picks up where this left off, i can tell you I won’t be getting it.

cath24b - Great book5 star

One of the best, just like the person who wrote it.

Minidonout - Just Wrong1 star

Wow, I knew that he was anti-Israel but he just got basic history about the formation of Israel and the conflicts absolutely WRONG. I guess he is no different than any of those anti-Israel revisionist about the conflict. One sided blame does NO justice to the truth and history. Mr. Obama, don’t let your prejudices blind you from the truth.

Roni126 - Respond to comments5 star

The book is fantastic, all the negative reviews were written by Republican. Barack was a good President.Trump was the worst President ever elected. I did my research on all the things Obama did and he did a lot. The book speak truth.

cw2147 - Trash1 star

F him and his pandering to white racist.

tovmassian - A Promised Land5 star

Great read.

Kim Massie - Wonderful...5 star

Wonder book. A great read by a great man who gave us hope.

FranzMo2384 - Horrible book1 star

Full of garbage identity politics. A self homage by the most corrupt president in modern times who got a pass cause he was black. Worse than Hilllary Clinton’s books. Nog even worth the sale price.

Rainydaze12 - Beautifully written5 star

It’s clear that republicans are logging on to trash the man, not the book. Kinda pathetic but such is life. For those who can ACTUALLY read, this is a good one. Honest, funny, and engaging - just like the author himself.

Vinjed - An inspiring life5 star

Truly enjoyed the book and appreciate the honesty of his strengths, failings and true courage. His experiences are inspiring to me and will certainly draw on them to get thru tough times with belief that things will be alright as long as we preserve.

Tinoh8 - The world as it is, and the world as it should be...5 star

Contrary to what we just lived through the last four years, the President is not insulated. The leader of the free world cannot see what she/he wants to see, or hear what she/he wants to hear. This book makes that clear as President Obama hit the ground running, and Volume I of his memoir didn't even cover the entirety of his first term! Reality comes at you fast when you’re in command, and the balancing act that comes with the job being POTUS is a profound struggle no matter which political party is in office. My initial thought: Why would anyone want to be the President? Hindsight is always 20/20, and everyone is an expert, but I can’t imagine the real-time pressure and stress that come with the office. A Promised Land is sobering look at the difficult decisions that had to be made, the promises that never materialized, and a frustrating look behind the scenes of the ridiculous game of politics. Calling out politicians who stall progress and block common sense regulation and policy was what I expected, but this book offered a slight paradigm shift into my particular impatience while answering some of my personal questions. President Obama’s perspective and insight shed light on the fact that the United States Government is, in fact, an ocean liner and not a speed boat. It’s easy to see that democracy moves slowly, and sometimes for good reasons, but I’m clearly impatient. We need people to vote, and President Obama mentions as much throughout this book, but one of the most popular humans on the planet couldn’t convince the American People to do that halfway through his first term. The president understood that progress, especially on voting and equality, seem to be going backward. President Obama cites Du Bois when he writes about “Black Americans remaining the perpetual ‘Other,’ always on the outside looking in, ever feeling their ‘two-ness,’ defined not by what they are but by what they can never be.” He was president that had to work through that “two-ness” as he navigated his way through his presidency. He had a different set of guardrails and, often, and unfair comparison to other presidents. “It was an irony that I—like many modern leaders—eventually learned to live with: You never looked as smart as the ex-president did on the sidelines.” All leaders are compared to their predecessors, but President Obama was given a higher set of standards considering the many firsts he brought to the Oval Office. I think it’s safe to say he was on another level than his predecessors when it came to empathy and humility, and it goes without saying that he is leaps and bounds ahead of his successor in all areas of human decency (these are just facts). It is no secret that the GOP’s priorities during the Obama administrations were that obfuscation and stonewalling. Yes, the Democrats can also be accused of playing this game. Either way, it’s the worst of politics, and it is amazing that President Obama could get anything accomplished during his tenure. President Obama was not perfect. I’m glad he saw the irony is getting a Nobel Peace Prize while he deployed troops and expanding an ongoing war. I was hoping for more commentary on these issues. Maybe I’ll have to wait for Volume II, but I’m hoping he talks about immigration, NSA surveillance, and the bias of the FISA Court. I doubt it, though. This might be a spoiler for some, but the President does a solid job of articulating the problems in our democracy. “Perhaps most troubling of all, our democracy seems to be teetering on the brink of crisis—a crisis rooted in a fundamental contest between two opposing visions of what America is and what it should be; a crisis that has left the body politic divided, angry, and mistrustful, and has allowed for an ongoing breach of institutional norms, procedural safeguards, and the adherence to basic facts that both Republicans and Democrats once took for granted.” America is on a slow journey from ignorance, to tolerance, and eventually inclusion. Even so, President Obama understood that not everyone was/is onboard. “At the heart of this long-running battle is a simple question: 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 statute, to reserving those things for a privileged few?” President Obama was quick to point out that universal programs like public education or public sector employment had a funny way of becoming controversial once black and brown people were included as beneficiaries. It’s a tale as old as time... Patriotism is perceived from two polarizing points of view. This book highlights the consequences for our elected officials who attempted to work together for the good of the country (True Patriotism). Not much has changed, though. Lives hang in the balance of our legislator’s decisions, but the grip on political power seems to be more important. President Obama hoped for change within the system and attempted to push against it. The hope was to lead and empower people to make changes for themselves; to encourage Americans be in politics but not of it... Or as Michelle Obama said, “The world as it is, and the world as it should be.” President Obama took office while divisions were churning across the country (Democrats protesting Bush’s leadership). He saw what was to come in terms of protests and dissent. He understood that whatever decorum had once regulated politics were on its way out. It’s safe to say that the current admin has blown up the idea of peaceful transfer of power (or decency). I look forward to Volume II, but as the country prepares for another change in ideology and leadership, there doesn’t seem to be middle ground, or a promised land, in sight. We’re going to need more magic beans, baby.

MartinDE - AMAZING!!!5 star

Another great book thank you thank you thank you!!! Mr. President you are so inspirational and smart unlike the clown now who is ruining what you’ve done. Thank you for everything!!!!

Lobasola - Outstanding!!5 star

This book was amazing, as is the dynamic man who wore it! Thank you president Obama for your candid outlook on the world, your character, and diplomacy in all things. I read the hate reviews and hope you can ignore little words from little people, they cannot see the world beyond their narrow minded ignorance, much like the current leader of this nation.

hadaseee - Yes We Can!5 star

Obama has allowed us into his life and mind a bit more than what we saw on national TV. For those rating this book because of their political beliefs are quite frankly racist in my eyes. It’s a fascinating read, took me two days.

shar sharbinks - A Promised Land1 star

So narcissistic! Overall sense of untruth and a feeling of so far removed from the American people.

Behnam A - These Trump supporters in here lol5 star

Obama’s book is a well written book about the challenges he faced in America.

alpha over all liberals - Worst book ever1 star

It was a very horrible read. Worst book ever.

Richard Bakare - Progress over Obstruction5 star

The obstructionist stance that the Republican delegation of Congress had towards Obama was clear before he ever took office. To me and many other minorities, it was a clearly racist response to a historic moment. Even if it meant significant pain for everyday Americans that formed their constituencies. That Obama and his administration were able to overcome that block-headed disposition towards his agenda is truly legendary. From averting financial disaster, saving or spawning whole industries, fighting wars on multiple fronts, and rallying international foes & allies towards some progress on a host of issues. That the successes did not get translated down to the voters is a lesson in controlling your own narrative. “The U.S. government’s an ocean liner...Not a speedboat. If we want to change our approach...we need a strategy that builds over time.” This point late in the book exemplifies the spanning historical narrative style of the memoir. The memoir emphasizes Obama’s first term is not just the four years under his watch, but the culmination of all the policy wins and mistakes from every administration before. Some not so easily unraveled, and some he gets the blame regardless of context. In all, this behind the scenes tour of the inner workings of politics and the White House, leads to an appreciation to the unsung staff and team that sit behind every leader. The ones who sacrifice time with family, never get enough sleep, don’t appear on cable news networks, and serve their country first. It is also a reminder that an informed citizenry can better reward their sacrifices by participating in democracy by voting every time and working to improve their own little pitch of Earth at the local level.

harwood19 - A must read for all Republicans in 20205 star

A fantastic ride and irrefutable reminder of how lucky we were having this man as president for 8 years.

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About Barack Obama Wiki

Barack Hussein Obama II ( (listen) bə-RAHK hoo-SAYN oh-BAH-mə; born August 4, 1961) is an American politician and attorney who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, Obama was the first African-American president of the United States. He previously served as a U.S. senator from Illinois from 2005 to 2008 and as an Illinois state senator from 1997 to 2004. Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. After graduating from Columbia University in 1983, he worked as a community organizer in Chicago. In 1988, he enrolled in Harvard Law School, where he was the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. After graduating, he became ...

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