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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 4th 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 authorises 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 organiser 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.

©2020 Barack Obama (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Sean Rodrigues
  • 2020/11/17

Sean R in Tokyo

Only a few chapters in.
Feels like a return to almost mythical times. Thoughtful, intelligent, respectful and...sane.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Avasmum
  • 2020/11/29

Brilliant autobiography

I am not usually a fan of autobiographies but this one is excellent. I wasn't sure what 'tone' to expect but Obama sets a peaceful, considerate, and slightly humorous voice. I usually listen to books at 1.5x to 1.8x and I thought I'd have to run Obama's book at 2x because he talks so slowly but 1x has been just right.

I think anyone with an open mind would enjoy this book.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020/11/24

Can you ever choke in listening to a politician?

I am amazed by the balance of thoughts he has . Neither Left nor the Right sway him. His painful acknowledgment of compromises without ever having to justify his decisions is more striking . An awesome listening experience after a long time

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Karl
  • 2020/12/01

Modern History

Informative, insightful, funny and at the very least he could earn a living as an audio narrator.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Tamuka Makotore
  • 2021/01/27

Can Volume 2 be released already!?

Well written, and well read. Touched on so mamy topics from the time he ran for president, to the time Bin Laden was killed. Although some topics were a bit cumbersome, it really helped that Obizy was the one reading the book. Key lesson i learnt is about surrounding yourself with the right people. We saw saw this from when he ran for office, and to the time he was president, how instrumental his team was.

Looking forward to Volume 2. Can i pre-order!?

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Sridhar
  • 2020/11/26

Masterpiece of a memoir. What a treat!

Amazing ring-side view of the major events that shaped the world during first term of President Obama. Gives a glimpse of the mind and heart of one of the greatest Presidents of the USA. It's even a bigger treat to listen to him read the book himself. Can't wait for the second volume to come out!

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Stefano Lindsay
  • 2021/06/01

Personal insight into Obama’s presidency

A good listen, particularly if you’re interested in American politics. It makes all the difference to have the man himself read the book. I can’t help think that Obama was a special president, an honest, humble guy who understood his job to serve his country. Yes, maybe he was an idealist but if the president can’t dream for his country, who can? It’s a pity that the good foundation laid by his presidency was ruined in 2016. Let’s hope Biden can fix at least part of his lost legacy.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 2021/05/28

An enjoyable and insightful educational piece

This was read as no doubt it was written, carefully. Very interesting introductions which led into the author's then experience. I appreciated the personal honest regarding his own flaws or actions, and the, without pointing the finger, way he described the actions of politicians. The media, well... Barack Obama articulated exactly how they fit into the world's chaos and the role they play. I was looking forward to hearing the rest of his term but the writing ended. I will have to wait for his next installment.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Jonas
  • 2021/05/27

Exceptional story by an exceptional man

He really manages to give you an honest glimpse behind the curtain of the most powerful office in the land in a way that feels both genuine and aware of his own failings. A great read and his narration is the cherry on the cake. Though I did speed it up a tad 😉

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Choy Chi Bun G
  • 2021/05/03

A brilliant firsthand account of history!

A brilliant firsthand account of history well-delivered. Worth every minute of the many hours listening to it.

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • jesse
  • 2020/11/17

Dropping a classic

History will look upon you favourably sir. You're an icon of your generation, I thank you for everything you represent.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Joseph K
  • 2020/11/18

Breath of fresh air

Must read if you need your faith in politics restored especially after the last 4 years.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • jessik
  • 2020/11/19

Beautiful

Beautifully written, beautifully read. Listening to Obama speak again is truly calming in this chaotic world. A wonderful human, with such heart and optimism and still, so much joy. Even after having to leave all his hard work for that awful orange monster. My family immigrated to America in 2001 holding onto the American dream. I still believe the America in this book and in Obama’s heart, is possible. Hopefully Joe and Kamala will help point us in the right direction again. Xx

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • cara louise beckett
  • 2020/11/19

Bloody fantastic!!

I am 12 chapters in and already in mourning because it will come to an end. You won't regret purchasing; it is enlightening, comforting, heartbreaking and fortifying - exactly what a 2020 weary soul needs

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Dan
  • 2020/11/22

Too long and bit boring at timew

The first part is interesting but then it gets boring. For anyone has been following the news during the Obama years, there isnt much new in this book and you didn’t know. Obama doesn’t reveal much about him, its more a list of policy achievements, and 29 hours of audio or more 700 pages to describe less than 3 years of presidency is too much. I love Obama, and his previous books. But this one is a bit disappointing, but still worth a read.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020/11/20

Frank

The most satisfying aspect of this book is its frankness about the broken, corrupt parts of the American political system. It reveals the distance between Obama's ideals and what was actually possible politically in the world as it is.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • S. Langford
  • 2020/11/21

Outstanding!

I’m six chapters in and this book is outstanding. Such brilliant narration! So articulated in his writing and delivery. Such an incredible story of hard work and personal sacrifice. All the humility and good grace you would expect to hear. Start it, you won’t regret it! I’m from the UK and I’m learning so much about the US political system but not in a heavy way. It’s honestly enthralling. Highly recommend listening to this book.

  • 総合評価
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  • Abra Brash
  • 2020/11/19

What a wonderful human being..... brilliant read

Barak Obama will forever be a treasure to America and other world leaders alike. Sadly he has run his presidency but if this in depth memoir is anything to go by and the timing of its release, it can be an aid to the new president elect (Biden) as a comprehensive refresher. Maybe the satsuma shaded runner up could of done with this book at the start of his inauguration. God bless Biden for tidying that orange mess and god bless America 🇺🇸

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Jake lewis
  • 2020/11/19

In-depth

An in-depth first hand account from one of the best known names in the world. From his early years to the end of his first 3 years in the white house. This is a great reflection on the history of Ameroca

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • paulthomas
  • 2020/11/21

Blown away

Completely blown away , every aspect of this book is compelling . I must say I’m slightly bias in that I think Obama was a great president, and statesman. But he’s a truly lovely human being.
He covers all aspect’s of his presidency, but gives us a front seat into how it actually was. But then it’s a love letter to his wife. I’m on chapter 13, thank god it's almost 30 hours.

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  • 総合評価
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  • Rebecca
  • 2020/11/23

My review

I was worried about the length, but I was hooked from the beginning! It was interesting to hear what he was thinking. He was not afraid to share his mistakes. He responded to critics with respect and tried to see their point of view. This was an amazing read and I'm so glad he shared this story.

  • 総合評価
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  • James M
  • 2020/11/28

Fantastic

This was an absolutely captivating and brutally honest account, made that much better by Obama reading it.

  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 2020/12/07

long winded and boring

I was really looking forward to this book but couldn't finish it, the most boring long winded recollection of his life in politics.
not what I was hopping for.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Hector Pieris
  • 2020/11/27

Genuinely down to earth peaceful person.

Obama’s experience, struggles, thoughts, and hopes in some of the grand decisions, he made through out of his first couple of years, as the President of USA. This collaborative, thoughtful narrative is rich with his own writing and his voice for 29 hours. Even if you have no interest much politics you will be gravitate to this book from start to end - guaranteed!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Anna
  • 2021/01/22

Beacon!

If just a handful more people could become like this man - an ordinary boy who grabbed every opportunity he could find to help the world become a better place and will never stop working and applying his extraordinary and accumlating skills, determination, analysis, subtelty and judgement to that end until his final breath. Amazing book. Will listen again and again for the layers of insights.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020/11/27

i enjoyed every minute!

what great stories coming from the horse's mouth! the presidents narration added authenticity and it felt like he was just there telling you his stories.

  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Chris Williams
  • 2020/12/17

Yawn...

Waaay too much detail on policy. Every decision he made has been recounted. I found myself skipping ahead through much of the second half. It could have been half as long for 95% of the population, though I understand his desire to want to put his entire perspective on the record and it's worth doing...though it's not worth listening to.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Brian Arpel
  • 2020/11/30

Barack Obama, the best of the best.

A really fascinating insight into the workings of the White House and of American politics.

  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021/05/12

Mind blowing

Obama is the greatest leader any country in the world has ever seen. Smarter than Einstein, more empathy than Mother Teresa, the best husband anyone has ever had and an even better father, funnier than Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and Dave Chapelle combined. 100% of negativity that happened in the 8 years of his presidency was Bush or other previous administration’s doing and anything good that happens in the next millennium will be a direct result of his actions. God only wishes he was as great as Obama - that’s what this author believes anyway...interesting to hear about what goes on in and around the political scene of the USA and shows what a disgraceful system it is

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Miss L J Besley
  • 2021/03/09

Interesting and insightful

I found Barack’s style in this book to be thought provoking and educational. I learnt so much about politics in general, not just in the US. The key messages Barack tries to convey about the world at large and how he believed in striving to create a more just world for all is commendable.

Whilst I enjoyed the book, Barack has a tendency to deep dive into some areas perhaps with more detail than is required and oddly he is critical of this himself. There were sections of the book that could’ve been more succinct.

Overall I’d recommend the book. The tips and professional insight about being a political leader of the USA could be applied to any career and I found them extremely insightful and enjoyed the simplicity of how they were delivered in the book.

Thanks Barack for your leadership and for striving to be more than what the US political system allows politicians to be.