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President Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4, 1961. He graduated with a degree in political science from Columbia University in 1983. Before moving to Chicago in 1985, he worked at Business International Corporation and then at the New York Public Interest Research Group. In näytä lisää Chicago, he worked as a community organizer with low-income residents. He entered Harvard Law School in 1988, was elected editor of the Harvard Law Review in 1990, and graduated in 1991. After graduating law school, he returned to Chicago and became a civil rights lawyer. He also taught at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. In 1997, he was elected to the Illinois State Senate and served until 2004. In 2000, he made an unsuccessful bid for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2005, he was elected to the U.S. Senate. In 2007, he announced his candidacy for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. On November 4, 2008, Obama defeated John McCain in the general election and became the first African-American to be elected President of the United States. He wrote Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance in 1995 and The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream in 2006. He won Best Spoken Word Album Grammy Awards in 2006 and 2008 for abridged audiobook versions of both books. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009. His book Of Thee I Sing came out in 2010. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
Image credit: President Obama, December 6, 2012 in an Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Tekijän teokset

Unelmia isältäni - Kertomus rodusta ja sukuperinnöstä (1995) — Kertoja, eräät painokset9,577 kappaletta, 213 arvostelua
Rohkeus toivoa : ajatuksia amerikkalaisen unelman pelastamisesta (2006) — Tekijä — 9,433 kappaletta, 171 arvostelua
Luvattu maa (2020) — Tekijä; Kertoja, eräät painokset4,754 kappaletta, 134 arvostelua
Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters (2010) 1,134 kappaletta, 58 arvostelua
Renegades: Born in the USA (2021) 240 kappaletta, 6 arvostelua
The Faith of Barack Obama (2008) — Associated Name — 146 kappaletta, 9 arvostelua
Yes We Can: A Biography of President Barack Obama (2008) — Associated Name — 132 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
We Are the Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama (2017) 130 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Barack Obama in His Own Words: A Celebration of Our New President (2007) — Tekijä — 96 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Obama Victory (2010) — Associated Name — 42 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Barack Obama Speeches (2020) — Tekijä — 42 kappaletta
Farewell Speeches (2017) 18 kappaletta
Barack Obama: 44th U.S. President (2009) — Associated Name — 12 kappaletta
Et lovet land (2020) 5 kappaletta
Renegados. Born in the USA (2021) 4 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Inaugration of Barack Obama (2009) 3 kappaletta
Pamantul fagaduintei (2020) 3 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Yes We Can 2 kappaletta
Discours choisis (2018) 2 kappaletta
The Audacity of Hope (excerpt) (2009) 2 kappaletta
Ziemia obiecana (2021) 1 kappale
American factory 1 kappale
Preşedintele Obama: drumul către Casa Albă: [album] (2008) — Associated Name — 1 kappale
Πρόεδρος Ομπάμα: Η… (2009) — Associated Name — 1 kappale
Barack Obama 1 kappale
Si può fare (2008) 1 kappale
Eleventh Hour 1 kappale
Barack Obama: Out of Many, One (2009) 1 kappale, 1 arvostelu

Associated Works

Conversations with Myself (2010) — Esipuhe; eräät painokset663 kappaletta, 8 arvostelua
An Inconvenient Truth [2006 documentary film] (2006) — Avustaja, eräät painokset244 kappaletta, 8 arvostelua
The Lincoln Anthology: Great Writers on His Life and Legacy from 1860 to Now (2008) — Avustaja — 158 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Mark Twain Anthology: Great Writers on His Life and Work (2010) — Avustaja — 142 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2018 (2018) — Avustaja — 115 kappaletta, 4 arvostelua
War No More: Three Centuries of American Antiwar and Peace Writing (2016) — Avustaja — 87 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late (2013) — Appendices — 23 kappaletta
They Said This Day Would Never Come: Chasing the Dream on Obama's Improbable Campaign (2020) — Kertoja, eräät painokset17 kappaletta
Barack Obama a náš sen — Associated Name — 1 kappale
Rustin [2023 film] (2023) — Executive producer — 1 kappale
A Promised Land, Becoming (2020) — Avustaja — 1 kappale
We the People [2021 TV series] (2021) — Executive producer — 1 kappale

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Obama, A Promised Land - Introductions and general, One LibraryThing, One Book (joulukuu 2020)
President Obama's summer reading list, Other People's Libraries (joulukuu 2019)


I will freely admit I wasn't in a receptive mood to read a book focused on politics. Thankfully former President Obama's writing was engaging and he interspersed touching stories in between the heavier subjects. This is a highly detailed book, which is good and bad. I very much appreciated Obama's candor, including aspects of his personal life and the effect his candidacy had on his family, especially Michelle.

My biggest takeaway from the book is a behind the scenes look at how government policy is really formed. As I already knew, a President might have the best of intentions to promote bipartisanship but that only works if both political parties are willing. There was no hope for bipartisanship as the GOP made it their mission to block anything and everything suggested by Obama's administration, even it was something that would be beneficial to the citizens who voted them in office. I am not trying to promote or demonize any political party but based on the facts presented in Obama's book and my own observations, that was and continues to be, the state of things in our federal government.

Edited: This is the first volume of Obama's Presidential memoir. The future volume two should pick up in May 2011, after the raid on bin Laden's compound in Pakistan.
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Ann_R | 133 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 25, 2024 |
COPYRIGHT 11/17/2020; PUBLISHER: Crown (First Edition); ISBN: 978-1524763169; PAGES: 768; Unabridged.)

Digital: Yes.

Audiobook: COPYRIGHT 11/17/2020; PUBLISHER: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group; ISBN: 9780525633747; DURATION: 29:25:14; FILE SIZE: 840248 KB; NUMBER OF PARTS: 33; Unabridged.

Film or tv: No.

SERIES: Book One


How I picked it: My friend, Cynthia Huffman, recommended it.

What it’s about: Barack Obama’s years leading up to, and through the first term of his presidency.

What I thought: I enjoyed hearing about his family life, learning about how he made some of the tough decisions, and more about the politics of the White House and Congress. He’s an eloquent writer. He tells of obstacles, slings, arrows, and struggles, as well as about success, achievements, and blessings with equal sincerity, candor and humor.
I’ll be reading Book 2 when it’s published.

Barack Obama:
From Wikipedia: “Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States, was born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii[1] to Barack Obama, Sr. (1936–1982) (born in Oriang' Kogelo of Rachuonyo North District,[2] Kenya) and Stanley Ann Dunham, known as Ann (1942–1995) (born in Wichita, Kansas, United States).[3]
Obama spent most of his childhood years in Honolulu, where his mother attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Obama started a close relationship with his maternal grandparents. In 1965, his mother remarried to Lolo Soetoro from Indonesia. Two years later, Dunham took Obama with her to Indonesia to reunite him with his stepfather. In 1971, Obama returned to Honolulu to attend Punahou School, from which he graduated in 1979.
As a young adult, Obama moved to the contiguous United States, where he was educated at Occidental College, Columbia University, and Harvard Law School. In Chicago, Obama worked at various times as a community organizer, lawyer, Lecturer and Senior Lecturer of constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School in the city's South Side, and later published his memoir Dreams from My Father before beginning his political career in 1997 as a member of the Illinois Senate.”

Barack Obama: His baritone voice makes for easy listening.

Biography; Autobiography; History; Politics; Non-fiction

Chicago; Washington D. C.

Early-mid 2000’s

Politics; Family; White House life; Economics; Afghanistan; Osama Bin Laden

"To Michelle—my love and life’s partner and Malia and Sasha—whose dazzling light makes everything brighter.”

From Preface:
“First and foremost, I hoped to give an honest rendering of my time in office—not just a historical record of key events that happened on my watch and important figures with whom I interacted but also an account of some of the political, economic, and cultural crosscurrents that helped determine the challenges my administration faced and the choices my team and I made in response. Where possible, I wanted to offer readers a sense of what it’s like to be the president of the United States; I wanted to pull the curtain back a bit and remind people that, for all its power and pomp, the presidency is still just a job and our federal government is a human enterprise like any other, and the men and women who work in the White House experience the same daily mix of satisfaction, disappointment, office friction, screw-ups, and small triumphs as the rest of their fellow citizens. Finally, I wanted to tell a more personal story that might inspire young people considering a life of public service: how my career in politics really started with a search for a place to fit in, a way to explain the different strands of my mixed-up heritage, and how it was only by hitching my wagon to something larger than myself that I was ultimately able to locate a community and purpose for my life.
I figured I could do all that in maybe five hundred pages. I expected to be done in a year.
It’s fair to say that the writing process didn’t go exactly as I’d planned. Despite my best intentions, the book kept growing in length and scope—the reason why I eventually decided to break it into two volumes. I’m painfully aware that a more gifted writer could have found a way to tell the same story with greater brevity (after all, my home office in the White House sat right next to the Lincoln Bedroom, where a signed copy of the 272-word Gettysburg Address rests beneath a glass case). But each time that I sat down to write—whether it was to describe the early phases of my campaign, or my administration’s handling of the financial crisis, or negotiations with the Russians on nuclear arms control, or the forces that led to the Arab Spring—I found my mind resisting a simple linear narrative. Often, I felt obliged to provide context for the decisions I and others had made, and I didn’t want to relegate that background to footnotes or endnotes (I hate footnotes and endnotes). I discovered that I couldn’t always explain my motivations just by referencing reams of economic data or recalling an exhaustive Oval Office briefing, for they’d been shaped by a conversation I’d had with a stranger on the campaign trail, a visit to a military hospital, or a childhood lesson I’d received years earlier from my mother. Repeatedly my memories would toss up seemingly incidental details (trying to find a discreet location to grab an evening smoke; my staff and I having a laugh while playing cards aboard Air Force One) that captured, in a way the public record never could, my lived experience during the eight years I spent in the White House.”

5 stars.

7-29-2022 to 9-7-2022
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TraSea | 133 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 29, 2024 |
I was surprised at the excellent writing style, full of descriptions and dialogue which made it engaging, and reflections on his experiences which helped us see how they affected him. "There was always a community there if you dug deeply enough...There was poetry as well--a luminous world always present beneath the surface."(p.190-1)
Even though he has traveled and lived in many places, a good summary might be that "on this earth one place is not so different from another...one moment carries within it all that's gone on before." (p.437)
Covering Obama's early life, we can see the ways in which his experiences were not typical for most Black Americans (life in Indonesia and Hawaii) and the ways in which his inner doubts and questions might be typical for black men in America (his attempts to find his roots and to define himself). Even as he learns and begins to gain a sense of himself, "life was neither tidy nor static, and that ...hard choices would always remain." (p.377)
His writing gives us insight into what motivated him to run for office. One prescient phrase, quoting a poet mentor "you'll start believing what they tell you about equal opportunity and the American way...Until you want to actually start running things, and then they'll yank on your chain and let you know that you may be a well-trained, well-paid n..., but you're a n... just the same." (p.97).
And even in Kenya, meeting his father's family, there are still questions: "As if the map that might have once measured the direction and force of our love, the code that would unlock our blessings, had been lost long ago, buried with the ancestors beneath a silent earth." (p.331) Or this advice from his aunt: "You have to draw the line somewhere. If everyone is family, no one is family." (p.337) He shares a conversation with a Kenyan historian, about the changes due to European influence and trying to maintain an African identity, who admits to the personal bottom line of "I'm less interested in a daughter who's authentically African than one who is authentically herself." (p.435).
This would be a good book for any American to read even if Obama had never run for president.
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juniperSun | 212 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 19, 2024 |
Listening to this book felt a bit like time traveling, getting to know a much younger Obama who explains his views and hopes for the future, while today we know how the topics he refers to have developed.
While many of the principles that are laid down are timeless, some things feel a bit dated of course. In the end, I enjoyed listening to the political anecdotes and the stories of Obama's personal life more than a lot of the actual politics - but then, most of those are nothing new in 2024, which is not the book's fault.… (lisätietoja)
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MissBrangwen | 170 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 11, 2024 |



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