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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

    NUMBER ONE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAACP IMAGE AWARD NOMINEE • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

    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 US 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 US 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.

    ©2021 Barack Obama (P)2021 Random House Audio

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    A wonderful book written by an icon of our time

    If you want to know what happened around the world in the last years, if you want to feel the ups and downs of being the president of the United States of America, if you need an inspiring story that motivates and challenges you to be better and make a difference: that's your must read book!

    P.S. Some people say that it is too long. Well, I read it in just 3 days and I cannot wait to read the second part!

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    EXCELLENTISSIME COMME LA BONNE SOUSOUPE

    Barack est vachement cool comme mec ça ce sent bien. J'ai dégusté ma bonne sousoupe dans le château de soupex tout en écoutant le livre qui m'a rassassié. MERCI KINDLE MERCI BARACK

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    Obama reading good on super - 5 stars!

    The fact that the book is read by Obama makes the listening experience truly authentic and captivating. Couldn’t recommend enough!

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    A bit boring to be honest

    Well read, glad I read it but fairly tough going at times. Worth a read ultimately.

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    Very detailed!

    Such a long book but very interesting to here Obama’s presidency in his uninterrupted words.

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    Very good autobiography

    Was very good way to look at Obama's decision/accomplishments during his firsts years at the White House ! and I love when the author read his own book!!

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    Excellent

    Learnt a lot. I enjoyed the background histories sprinkled throughout the book. Good insight into american politics. Looking forward to the next volume.

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    Magnificent

    I think this is his best book yet. Very well written and gives you a great point of view of his first term.

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    • Kat
    • 11/01/2021

    an inside look

    really enjoyed this book! I'm not interested in politics at all but really enjoyed and was interested to hear President Obama explain his presidency!

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    Captivant.

    La lecture Par M. Obama rend l'écoute passionnante et vivante. L'élocution est très claire et rends l'écoute fluide et reposante.
    Le point de vue est très intéressant.

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    • Angela
    • 19/11/2020

    Color me grateful.

    Mr. President,

    Thank you for writing this beautiful book, it reads like poetry, so fluid, so pure. And, it’s perfect for such a time as this.
    I am grateful for this book: a healing balm to my soul.
    Kindly,
    Ángela 🙏🏾❤️

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    • Bonnie
    • 23/11/2020

    Show and painful rehash

    I don’t know what I expected; this S L O W moving narrative was not it. Half way through and thoroughly confused by the economic plans I’m finally giving up. This one is apparently for a much more patient and developed intellect than I have!

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 18/11/2020

    Exceptional!Could not have been more aptly titled.

    I am only halfway through the book and I'm savoring every chapter. it is with humor, facts over feelings where needed...the walk-through in civics, priceless and awesome to have it narrated by the author himself! Will also purchase hardcover.

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    • S E. L
    • 20/11/2020

    I know you might not read this but... 😄

    I'm crying and listening to this book. As a maid I can picture the cleaning crew and butlers joy serving for you. What an honor!! As a Jehovahs Witness it was nice the mention in your book. As a latina thank you for the César Chaver National Park. I can relate to your thoughts that so much history gets omitted in schools. For the epilogue in you next part 2 book I would like to read about when you get to hang your presidential picture in the white house. I can't wait to see that day. I keep dreaming of that day for 4 years.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 26/11/2020

    Worse audiobook

    What makes this the worse audiobook for me is that Obama in my opinion tries/attempts to be relatable yet comes out unrelatable. This made me question myself— is it because of my personal suffrage or my upbringing or experience in life and it’s endeavors. Why can’t I relate to this great man. Overall, the book feels unauthentic.

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    • Nadmiral
    • 10/12/2020

    A real snoozer

    As much as I love listening to obama speak, I think he is better suited for speeches and interviews. I can’t help but fall asleep. A lot of boring details.

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    • Lucian Graves
    • 18/11/2020

    A president from Hawaii with an aloha spirit.

    This book is absolutely delightful! It will make you laugh, cry, and feel inspired. Obama tells a story of a his journey from being born in Hawaii raised without a father to becoming America’s first biracial African American president. As a fellow Hawaii native, this story and his legacy will always be held in a sacred place in my heart.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 02/12/2020

    Better than Nyquil

    If you're having trouble sleeping this book is perfect for you. Almost as fun as reading a math textbook.

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    • J. R.
    • 17/11/2020

    Amazing

    I love memoirs and autobiographies read by the author, gives us such a personal connection to their minds to how a true leader should conduct himself or herself.

    Heavy on financial reform, light on the 2016 election, and a good mix of personal anecdotes, although I wish he discussed life after the White House, which isn't mentioned at all.

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    • Scott Canali
    • 19/11/2020

    Outstanding and fascinating!

    Barack Obama tells his story (through his 1st term) as only he can - with candor, humor, and fascinating detail. You can tell he enjoyed reading it - and writing it. And you’re going to *love* listening to it!!

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    • Leseratte
    • 29/11/2020

    Fühlt sich an, als hätte man selbst kandidiert!

    Unglaublich spannend geschrieben und gelesen (als Nicht-Native höre ich Geschwindigkeit 0.9), man fühlt förmlich den Stress der Wahl-Kampagnen und des Amtes. Aber auch seinen Willen, die USA zu einem besseren, faireren Land zu machen. Ich empfehle wärmstens, das Buch in Original-Sprache zu hören, auch wenn man pro Kapitel (durchschnittlich 40-50 Minuten) zwei-drei Mal 15-30 Sekunden zurückspringen muss, um einen Satz oder einen Kontext besser zu verstehen. Das ist es allemal wert. Um meine Einschätzung für Sie zu relativieren: Netflix-Filme in Originalsprache sind für mich viel, viel schwerer zu verstehen.

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    • BEisen
    • 28/11/2020

    An open and probably honest account.

    I liked that Obama reads it himself. It makes it more personal and easy to listen to. Even though he talks about so many people that it is hard to keep up with who is who sometimes, it is very informative and filled with many interesting details. Sometimes he comes of too much as the awesome hero for my taste. But to become president and be president you probably to have to have a very healthy ego.

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    • rp
    • 07/12/2020

    The perfect book read by a perfect speaker

    This autobiography presents the reflections of a highly intellectual man and a deeply empathic person on his family,his values,the office of the President and on his opponents. Obama‘s style is clear, entertaining and easy to listen to. The reader‘s /listener‘s rising anger at the Republicans for their constant obstruction is elegantly fuelled by Obama into an „OK,that‘s politics, but we have to make it better“ attitude. He gives an insight into his personal life but always combines it with what can be done for the general good. Can‘t wait for the second volume!

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    • LexAnder
    • 22/12/2020

    Well red, horrible content

    Typical Book in the american style. I am the best. I achieved everything. I am the smartest.

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    • Nikola Babucic
    • 18/12/2020

    Einsicht in eine interessante Persönlichkeit

    Die meist kurzweilig, manchmal mit Längen gesprochene Autobiographie des ersten schwarzen US Präsidenten, bietet viele intime Einsichten in ein faszinierendes Leben, sowie exklusive Hintergründe zu einigen der wichtigsten politischen Entscheidungen, während der ersten Amtszeit Obamas. Sehr zu empfehlen!

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    • Peter
    • 06/02/2021

    MOST INSPIRING

    Wonderful to have the author narrate the book himself and an excellent job doing so. one of the best biographies I've ever read, such integrity and inspiration. I have never had much interest in politics most of my 70 years but living in Germany there is a very small selection of English audible books, and this book with its 29 hours of listening pleasure was one of the few available. I enjoyed every minute of it and was sad when it ended. The only American President I would have liked to meet, I'm Irish and this man restored my faith in humanity. Well done Barack Obama, you were the best president ever

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    • Jozsef Zopcsak
    • 20/12/2020

    What a contrast!

    It is great read from a very respectable leader. What is stunning how Americans could elect Donald Trump (and nearly re-elect him) after such an intelligent person at the helm…

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    • Frederik Moor
    • 12/02/2021

    Langeweile ohne Ende.

    Reine Selbstbeweihräucherung und Rechtfertigung. Für mich auch sehr langweilig. Mochte ihn vorher sehr, jetzt deutlich weniger.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 12/12/2020

    Thank you Mr. President for all these insights

    I learned alot about politics and how we all are human in any position we might have on the stage of our world, during these hours of listening to your sonorous voice. Thank you so much for your big heart and laser focused mind. Thank you for being so thoughtful and down to earth! I‘m now waiting for part 2 and wish you the bestest of the best for all the future projects you create. Thank you from Switzerland!!!

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    • Chris
    • 19/02/2021

    Yes we could have if there weren't the republicans

    Going in I was already not the biggest fan of Obama and his politics. With so many deflections and excuses why he didn't do the things he promised that fact really didn't change. Maybe I die dreaming, but to compromise on bills on the fight against global warming for example until the words and agreements aren't worth the paper it is written on can't be acceptable!
    He is still a great narrator and especially the early years before politics seemed to corrupted him are worth your time!

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