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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 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 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 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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    • 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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    Boring, no pathos

    I always admired Barack Obama for his political humanity, for the sense of justice for everyone not just the privileged few, for his eloquence, for his retain and style while making public announcements, for being a family man, etc. He is in my opinion a great politician and a great man. But I think that his writing skills should have been polished, structured and pumped-up by some good professional writer. I am sure and very happy that Mr. Obama will sell a lot of his memoirs, but with all my admiration for him I will not be able to go-along reading his boring shopping list without rhythm.

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    Anticlimactic and very American book

    Obama succeeds in his attempt to come across as a nice, doen to earth guy in his book describing his path into politics and power. His mastery of words is remarkable, especially for an American. Yet he does not even pretend to drop the US typical arrogance and claim to superiority over other less chosen nations. Worse yet, his book topics are mundane and omit his second term entirely. He shares nothing not yet widely known. Truly this is a disappointing publication.

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    Worth it every second !

    Sooo interesting ! Not regreting a second of it. You rarely get a chance to hear the vulnerable story behind all that fame and love that good leaders have. Wasn't aware of the hard road this family had to take to get where they are now.

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    • Constance
    • 17/11/2020

    Soothing, Oratorical and Insightful

    If you enjoy hearing President Barack Obama speak, you'll love this. Such a soothing voice but moreso an amazing storyteller. Kept me engaged and on the edge of his every word. Love his candidness, insight and respectful way in which he pulls back the curtain on his time in office. HIGHLY recommend.

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    • Zzyzk
    • 18/11/2020

    Addicting!

    I can't imagine anyone else narrating this book. Obama is a wizard of an author and his nuanced sense of humor, thoughtfulness, and oratorical skills are beyond compare. I tried reading it but after listening to him narrating his written words, there is no comparison.

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    • Joe
    • 17/11/2020

    A candle in the dark. Renewing my faith in America

    We sometimes feel that empathy, respect for humankind, enthusiasm for knowledge and just common decency are slipping in this world. President Obama finds a way to make me believe in my fellow man again. I admire this man's story, it honestly makes me want to be better myself. This audible book shows just how good he is at painting a picture, and why so many love his speeches. Great listen! Hardcopy is being purchased as I write!

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    • Euphemism
    • 19/11/2020

    Brilliantly entertaining

    I did not anticipate being so greatly entertained. President Obama is a truly gifted storyteller. His narrative includes interesting people and conversations, but he could even make a trip to the hardware store engaging. For example, he makes buildings and locations come alive: a condo, the walk from the residence to the West Wing. Delightful book. I deeply appreciate the generous gift of candor and humor it encloses.

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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Jawe
    • 17/12/2020

    Now I know What a Good President is like

    This is a real life story of a legendary president. I highly recommend this books and I can't wait for the second edition Mr President.

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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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    • GG
    • 11/12/2020

    Amazing account of world events ... history in the making!

    Very inspiring and educational. Barack Obama does not only describe the tough choices he had to make during his presidency, but also provides great insight of the political landscape and historic events that shaped the decisions. Very educational, giving the listeners/readers more background to the “why” that may have not been possible to explain to the people before. And a great pleasure to listen to coherent information read by the ex-president in an entertaining manner!

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    • Stefan Franke
    • 15/01/2021

    Total recommendation

    This book is a dream come true. I'd never thought, that I'll be able to listen to Barack Obama giving so close, detailed, interesting and humbling insights on his first term as US President and the build up bevor that. I highly respect him and always wondered how he personally felt about all the things he had to decide during his time in the white house. But this book offers even more. From detailed insight to the US politics to many private moments with his friends and family, this book helped me a lot in understanding the calm mind of the man that is to this day one of my biggest inspirations. Obama fan or not, this book gives invaluable insight to the complexity of decisions making in such a high office. I'd recommend reading this especially to people who believe in quick fix solutions to complex issues. Thanks to Mr Obama for this book, and thanks for also reading it to me, making the story even more interesting and enjoyable. I'm looking forward to the second part of the story. Best regards from Germany Much Love, Stefan Franke 💚