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

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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- A Promised Land1 star

Total nonsense. Like all of his presidency Nothing of interest here.

- Yes.5 star

Very good.

- Perfect Spy Novel1 star

Liar, traitor, narcissist, unpatriotic, racist, divider, blow-hard, spy & con-artist are a few words that are not included in this alleged autobiography, so I believe it should be labeled for what it really is... a novel.

- Traitor1 star

This man is a legend in his own mind and is a disgusting human being. He SOLD out our beautiful country.

- Inspirational and Uplifting5 star

President Obama shows us how to live life. He’s pretty funny too! lol

- Inspiring, read5 star

The book gives glimpses of what true elected office leadership should be.

- Yup! Looking forward to volume 25 star

A real president.

- A Promised Land5 star

After reading Michelle’s book, this is another great read on insight of just how amazing the Obamas are.

- A true American5 star

This book embodies what America was and should always be. I truly miss him as POTUS especially after the last 4 years of the disaster that is the trump administration

- Genius5 star

So inspiring. This man endured and continues to brave so much in service to our country. This is a brilliant insight into his family, campaign, and Presidency. He didn’t win the Nobel Prize for nothing. But way to go, trolls, for trying to bring a genius down to your grade-school level with your comments. When they go low...

- Humanizing and insightful.5 star

It’s easy to overlook that government is made up of human beings. This book offers an inside look at a man who shouldered the responsibilities of an entire nation, accepted that responsibility and tried to make positive changes. Successes, failures and personal losses - all of those. Comforting in a time of chaos to know that people like him still care.

- Not really about the book, yet5 star

I purchased it and plan to read it over the weekend. For now, I find it surprising for a few who give it one star without reading it. I’m not surprised as it’s still racism and hatred at its. Best from ignorance. I hope to enjoy the book.

- Can’t wait to read this book!5 star

I’m excited to read this book. I’m disappointed in the petty fake reviews. Obama is a respected leader who lead for a United States including those who didn’t vote for him.

- Worst president/book ever1 star

The division this man created in America is disgusting. This book is even more disgusting. I read the first half before I actually thought I was going to throw up because of how big of a liar he really is. Not sure I’ll ever get that time and money back again. Shame on me.

- Awesome Read5 star

This is absolutely inspirational and something to cherish for the citizens of this country.

- Love it!5 star

Because it’s Barack Obama, I already love it!

- A Promised Land1 star

Literary disaster summarized as simplify a Terrible attempt at revisionist history filled with page after page of insufferable rhetoric by a total Narcissist. Complete waist of time and not worth the environmental damage it took to cut the trees down in order to put this failure into print. it surely will be put to one of its only two uses ether as fire starter or added to the other Obama families books and put in the presidential library bathrooms as toilet tissue to prevent them from further filling up land fills. Symbolic of his disastrous failed attempt at governing our Great Nation. Looking forward to the day he gets a clue and goes away so we can further Make America Great Again while we forget him. This will never be anywhere near the best selling success of The Art of the Deal, by Donald J Trump. This book is not worthy even a single star rating and is more deserving a negative star review if only possible.

- A very open and honest memoir5 star

I love the way everything is depicted, so riveting. It's a must-read.

- Nope1 star

Keep it off my feed buddy

- The divider1 star

Thanks to this piece of human we have what we have now a days in us, supposedly America is racist. One day this faker will have to give answers to God.

- terible terrible terrible book1 star

its amazing he still isnt president.

- A Promised Land5 star

This is a hopeful inspiring book from a giant of a man with lofty aspirations to help other people have the best lives. It’s a book about a man who did everything he could to face so many in government who only cared about their own power and themselves and not the people they served. I hope that we can elect many many more people with the ideals, courage and determination like Barack Obama who see people suffer and know there is injustice in our society and want to fix it.

- What a leader! What a human being!5 star

May God bless you! Thank you for serving humanity and being an inspiration to many!

- Hopeful Citizens5 star

I am always hope in the fundamental ideals of American and more especially for transformational leaders like you. Your absence in the Oval Office has made my follow citizens realize the difference between excellent leaders and mediocre and substandard leaders in the the White House 2020. As I write this review more than 251,000 lives have been lost due to irresponsible and incompetent President. Thank you

- timeless Classic5 star

You will thoroughly enjoy this intimate journey with the greatest president of the 21st-century (so far). The book sheds light on, not only the Obama Administration and the country’s troubles and triumphs at the time of his presidency but also what it is to be human trying to help other humans and the richness and purpose that can bring. Hearing his enigmatic candor and eloquence is a true breathe of fresh air after four years of non stop non sense front the Trump Administration.

- Bogus Dishonest Reviews5 star

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.

- Great time in our history5 star

All comments here are from political enemies not from readers of the book. History wll be fair with BO and his legacy even when 45 tried to erase it just for envy. Read the book and make comments about it, dont be the classical bot spewing hate and lies

- Don’t Believe White Supremacists5 star

Don’t believe anything these white supremacists have to say. They like their president are pathological liars. This book is an excellent portrayal of a brilliant but kind man. This country misses him in the White House!

- Great President5 star

It’s sad that we were left with someone who thinks golfing is more important than millions of Americans out of work due to a virus he called a hoax. President Obama was a great President who got zero help from the GOP, who sat and watched him lift this country all by himself. Yet gets ridiculed for not doing it fast enough. Trump had 4 years and accomplished nothing but rampant debt and not much else Mexico never paid for the wall. President Obama was classy and brilliant, no wonder they dislike him. Look who they picked!

- Forever President5 star

Thank you for being Great! The book was Excellent, highly recommended.

- Intelligence5 star

Too bad the trolls writing the bad reviews never actually read a word of the book. Could learn a thing or two about elegance. The hate toward a black man in the comment section is laughable and it’s time to call what it is. You all are racists who can’t stand the fact a non white person took power for 8 years and didn’t only represent white peoples. Also, in case you didn’t know, there are a lot more non white people in this world. Maybe that’s why you guys are so scared and try to oppress non white people all the chances you get. We all see you.

- This is a book review. Not a place for Qanon conspiracy theory.5 star

I’ve only read about 25 pages and so far it’s a well written look into the early life of President Obama. I’m very much looking forward to the lead up to and his time as president. He was and is a great man. He is inspiring and his entire life shows this to be true.

- Read the book!5 star

I see now that many reviews are from people who either didn’t read the book or plainly just don’t like Obama. Though we are all entitled to our own opinions please keep reviews limited to what the site is asking you to review, and in this case, that would be his book!! Now, the book is actually an interesting read. Some things stated are surprising to hear him say in the book as he has been deemed to be someone more “tempered” and not so outspoken. So, the book actually gives an in-depth view of how he processed a lot of important topics while in the White House whether anyone agrees or not. I will say that I enjoyed reading the book and excerpts from the book before it was released. I would also recommend everyone seeing his interview with John (I believe)on 60 Minutes which can be found on YouTube. He explained his perspective REALLY well on the interview, and brought some insight to why he quoted some statements in his book. If anything, I feel the book is worth the buy and good for anyone to read whether they support him or not. We cannot grow as a country if we are not willing to hear the opposing side with open ears, and in his book he makes a lot of great points worth considering.

- Excellent!!! Why do you print the obviously biased and hateful reviews.5 star

Truth telling. So fortunate to have had Barack Obama as President.

- Excellent book5 star

Good book from a excellent president , haven’t read the whole thing yet. But so far so good

- Thoughtful & Eloquent5 star

Well written and thoughtful account of his time in office. No mention of scandal during his tenure because he never had a scandal.

- Spiteful Reviews5 star

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!

- 3 have rated. They read 700 page book in 1 day5 star

Amazing. 3 reviews for this book. It came out yesterday and they rated it in one day. Wow. Well, I bought it 5 minutes ago and just finished. Best book ever written by the best president ever.

- A true story of an American hero5 star

This book is so informative and interesting. I didn’t realize what running the country could be like. The memoir of a great man, an American hero.

- Apple should probably add verified reviews...5 star

It seems that the reviewers who already posted didn’t actually read the book but have a specific political agenda to push and that’s a shame. People looking to the review section are looking for honest reflection and not the biased and hateful rhetoric mimicking what we already have to endure daily on partisan television.

- Thank you5 star

Thank you for your extraordinary service to our country. Considering now our country is being run by a person who is doing all he can to destroy our country which is the opposite of your dedication and job well done for eight wonderful years. Believe that millions and millions of people around the world know of your special grace and appreciate all you have done. Unfortunately, only because of your skin color there is many who will never see your radiant light yet let this not stop you and I am sure you know this already. Thank you and our future generations will thank you even more . STAY STRONG AND TRUE TO SELF

- A book that keeps you engaged4 star

This book is a fantastic read for anyone who is fascinated with history and the Obama presidency. Now with every president we all find thing to love and hate. I was not very impressed with the Obama administration but this book is great!

- Must read beautifully eloquent!5 star

Descriptive and captivating, Obama brings you into the White House with him! Honest and brave, having put forth his best effort in light of all the pitfalls of a country on the brink. Upholding the highest standards of behavior and ethicacy while maintaining a family life. leaving behind a memory of what the person holding office of the president should aspire to mirror for their country!!!

- A promised land5 star

So amazing! Love it! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

- Amazing and inspiring5 star

Once I began reading I was completely emerged in Obama’s journey to the presidency. I 100% recommend this book to those who want to reminisce to a time were a capable and apt leader was in charge of our nation.

- Amazing book from one of the best presidents5 star

A great book from a true American hero and one of the greatest presidents in our history. Thank you Mr. President! God bless you, President Biden, and our troops!

- What an excellent book!5 star

I found this to be a thoughtful, well written book. I enjoyed reading about things from President Obama’s prospective! This nation was blessed to have had such an intelligent, erudite, powerful, and compassionate leader!

- Great read / Better president /better human5 star

Awesome read, he takes you on a journey through what is usually a place reserved for the people at the top . Great story of a president who started out with nothing and built himself to the most powerful position on earth, then elegantly reclined back to suburban family life away from the glitz and glam ...although I tend to lean towards more republican/conservative values , I know I don’t have to share all of his same political views to admire greatness....

- Fully Engaging5 star

This book is so well written it makes being President of the United States a somehow completely relatable experience. An honest and humble account - but so engaging, I couldn’t put it down. A remembrance of a time when the office was held with dignity and the President wasn’t limited to the vocabulary of 2nd grader in detention*. We miss you. More than that we miss us and the feeling of belonging to a truly great nation. *Apologies to any 2nd graders I’ve offended

- A wise man writing about a profound love for the United States.5 star

A memoir that will help to understand politics with the perspective of experience of the presidency. No doubt a wise man that became friend of the former Republican President George Bush, sharing a view of the realm problems the USA and the world face. I browse the book looking for quotes of my personal interest and I became convinced that is worth to fully read with time an inspiring book.

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lleah-genz - Finally some truth5 star

To all of the people out there reading review on this book. Please pay attention to those that rated this incredible book with fewer than 3 stars. Those people are most likely people who watch Fox News on the daily basis and only listen to the idiot that we currently have in office. Those people are not educated enough to read such a book and truly appreciate it. With that being said, this book is incredible and honest, if you really want to see the good in what has happened in this nation, then read this book! Put down the Loser Trumps book and read this one. Then maybe everyone will have a solid education on politics rather than their news station’s opinion.

b.d.young - Predictable amount of hurr durr in the reviews5 star

For all the hot air Trumpists are blowing about this book, Obama comes across as a well-reasoned and humble leader in this first volume of his presidency. Unlike his successor, he places a lot of blame for his shortcomings on his own shoulders while talking about the struggles he had to contend with in the opening months of his tenure. It’s a welcome look into how a real leader works after four years of grift and lying.

Pucetto - Read and savor every word5 star

Brilliant, honest and incisive, this historical memoir breeds hope for a bright future rooted in the democratic principles of a hopeful and united nation that aspires to preserve truth and restores decency. This man’s voice is a gift.

zulusteel - Not for the illiterate Republican5 star

Great book to educate our young people. It will inspire them to fight the good fight and stand up for what is right. Bring your prayers and dreams in to reality.

CannotLose - Amazing5 star

Everyone saying hateful things about President Obama hasn’t even read the book. They just to be awful, hateful people largely because they’re bigots. That said I really look forward to the second volume!

aly553 - Deceitful...1 star

Huge democrat, but this book is the worst thing I’ve read yet.

ITCZAR - The Best Of Humanity5 star

President Barack Obama continues to express his love of America and its citizens. He remains presidential and hopeful we will reach the promise land one day.

v830 - Love it!5 star

Poor little tink tinks stay mad at the best president ever, best book ever! Haters gonna hate! Obama will keep smiling ,love the mayo tears lol

ShaunMan - Great book by great President5 star

This is a great book by a great US President and more importantly person. Unlike the trash-bag in office now, Obama has a SOUL. He had our backs. Trump just loves himself and hates America. It’s amazing how much Maga people love hearing self themselves talk and take the time out just to trash a book that they can’t even read because it’s has big words with more than three letters.

Kandyce and Kya - Such a great man5 star

Frmr President Obama made history and continues to do great for our country so excited to finish this wonderfully written book

WickettRN - Enjoyed it!5 star

My 1st audiobook ever. President Obama is an eloquent speaker and inspiration. I enjoyed this book, narrated by he, himself. It was beautifully written. I loved the insider's view of his amazing journey to the White House. What's even better, he was a jEEP guy! :) Thank you for sharing your brilliance, grace, and style!

Beautifulsincerity - Interesting Read...5 star

At at time when that’s all that’s there it definitely helped to fill the void. Great read!!!! Read it for yourself and you be the judge.

RaNgErScOpE - The books real meaning5 star

Barack Obama was a president that made history. Not only being the first African American president, but the first president to create a national health care plan. Barack made this book so we could see what it was like inside of the big white house in the capitol. He could not have done a better job showing us what it was like in his 8 years of his presidency. This book shows us what it’s like to start a new kind of presidency. A presidency for the American people, not for one self.

BestKB2020 - Very riveting5 star

I could not put it down! Very informative and well written by an influential and intellectual leader.

Wiselove B - B.Moore5 star

A riveting breath of fresh fuel to recharge the youthful energy of those that convinced of a world full of promise and possession that awakens to those that are ready to create, develop, and organize their future.

starting to read - “waste of life” seems to be a description of Trump:5 star

“Piece of trash” “cages for children” “world worst leader and dirtiest politician” “mass murderer of American Citizens by COVID-19”

JacJasAnthony - Favorable Review5 star

This is a great book by a great politician who happens to be political man of color. I first most admire President Obama for his leadership of our country in an unsettling time for our economy, education, healthcare, commander of our armed forces,and compassion to everyone during the major tragedies we went through. President Obama’s book is his honest point of view where he admits his struggles but is steadfast in doing his best to let all Americans know he is for what is right for the world. He is inspiring intelligent young people to be apart of a better political future for everyone. Recommend using this book & his other books as series for in-depth conversation on Genuine Great American Political Leaders.

Barbreads - A Promised Land5 star

Great book written by the best President the American people have seen in decades. Thoughtful, first hand insights of being in the White House. Couldn’t put it down!

TomiiAde - Means a lot to me5 star

So many people say he is a trash person and so on but we all forget how easy it is for lies and propaganda to spread. Perception is truth, especially in politics where lies and false promises are rampant. This book is another piece of evidence to me that Mr president Obama has had one of the most transparent administrations in our democratic history. I am so proud to have loved and heard of such a man.

GrowingTree - Independent5 star

Refreshing read, miss the days when presidents could read and write. It’s fun to look through the former President’s perspective on a world most of us will never have access to. I’ll also enjoy reading more on other former presidents before him

truelyblessedmom&wife - Amazing5 star


I eat books - Amazing look at an incredible life.5 star

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.

Chrisreviewer8888 - Most corrupt administration in American history1 star

New conflicts in the Middle East, giving over a billion in cash to a country that hates Americans, slowest economic recovery since the Great Depression, 80 million more Americans on food stamps, operation fast and furious, weaponizing the IRS and FBI to spy on a political opponent all with a VP flying his family around the world to engage an shady business deals with China and Ukraine.

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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 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 person to be president of the Harvard Law Review. After graduating, he bec..
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