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A Promised Land

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Barack Obama

Narrated By: Barack Obama

Date: November 2020

Duration: 29 hours 10 minutes


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.


  • Monica Dieadra G.

    Now I really see why Trump hates Obama! He wish he could be like him!

    26 of 26 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    I really wish that those who are Trump supporters and lovers, would not bother to comment and hate on Barack Obama's beautiful book. Because, let's be honest, no matter what he says, you're going to hate the book and him, regardless of what he says or does. The only way that this nation will heal is if we STOP lying to ourselves. You hate because it feels good to you. And, you're looking for someone or some group to release your rage and fear upon. Instead of, adequately trying to solve complex problems with intelligence.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

  • G B.

    Fantastic read. I’m sure it will take more than one pass. I think it’s funny that the trumpers can’t spell or punctuate. I suspect if Trump wrote a memoir, it would only be 47 pages long and one continuous paragraph.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Ronald J B.

    He reads to slowly

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    This book socks. He is so boring to listen to. trump is awesome

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    could he be more full of himself. 29 hours of complete arrogance.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful.

  • Marco D.

    Beautifully written, articulate, and well rounded memoir. Obama illustrates his many wins but isn’t afraid to own his mistakes. Markedly humble giving credit where credit is due and leading by example in giving his team the tools, the space, and the support to succeed. His honesty, self awareness, genuine human emotion, and leadership are like a cool drink of water after an incredibly prolonged drought. I hadn’t realized how distant and disconnected I had become, steeling myself against the hate, fear-mongering, and division, of the current time. Thank you Obama for all you’ve done and continue to do!


    Great read

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