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Tekijä: Barack Obama

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Biography & Autobiography. History. Politics. Nonfiction. HTML:A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making??from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy

#1 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 Guardian ? Marie 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 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
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Quite enjoyed this. Obama is such an amazing storyteller and it was very interesting learning about the run up to and election of 2008. I have to say I stopped somewhere into his first term. I just couldn't deal with the nasty politics; it was bad for my blood pressure. Maybe I'll go back and finish someday, but it's still too fresh (believe it or not). ( )
  teejayhanton | Mar 22, 2024 |
Former President Obama is a very good writer in terms of both use of language and storytelling ability. This book did not disappoint in that respect, although I might be so fed up with politics right now that I could not appreciate the policy aspects and political maneuvering that he discussed in detail. Fitting to end this crazy 2020 year with a memoir by #44 while #45 is about to leave office, and not a moment too soon. I may need to revisit this in a few years when I am not so traumatized by politics. ( )
  bschweiger | Feb 4, 2024 |
(2020) Very good memoir of his presidency thru the death of Osama Bin Laden from a Navy Seals raid of his compound in Pakistan on May 2, 2011. Obama is a very good writer, the book felt like he was sitting at the kitchen table talking about his experiences over a cup of coffee. Part II of the memoir is due out later, but this was excellent.In the first volume of his presidential memoir, Obama recounts the hard path to the White House.In this long, often surprisingly candid narrative, Obama depicts a callow youth spent playing basketball and ?getting loaded,? his early reading of difficult authors serving as a way to impress coed classmates. (?As a strategy for picking up girls, my pseudo-intellectualism proved mostly worthless,? he admits.) Yet seriousness did come to him in time and, with it, the conviction that America could live up to its stated aspirations. His early political role as an Illinois state senator, itself an unlikely victory, was not big enough to contain Obama's early ambition, nor was his term as U.S. Senator. Only the presidency would do, a path he painstakingly carved out, vote by vote and speech by careful speech. As he writes, ?By nature I'm a deliberate speaker, which, by the standards of presidential candidates, helped keep my gaffe quotient relatively low.? The author speaks freely about the many obstacles of the racenot just the question of race and racism itself, but also the rise, with ?potent disruptor? Sarah Palin, of a know-nothingism that would manifest itself in an obdurate, ideologically driven Republican legislature. Not to mention the meddlings of Donald Trump, who turns up in this volume for his idiotic ?birther? campaign while simultaneously fishing for a contract to build ?a beautiful ballroom? on the White House lawn. A born moderate, Obama allows that he might not have been ideological enough in the face of Mitch McConnell, whose primary concern was then ?clawing [his] way back to power.? Indeed, one of the most compelling aspects of the book, as smoothly written as his previous books, is Obama's cleareyed scene-setting for how the political landscape would become so fractured¥surely a topic he'll expand on in the next volume.A top-notch political memoir and serious exercise in practical politics for every reader.Pub Date: Nov. 17, 2020ISBN: 978-1-5247-6316-9Page Count: 768Publisher: CrownReview Posted Online: Nov. 16, 2020Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2020
  derailer | Jan 25, 2024 |
Reviewers noted that the author intended the book for a young adult audience and this certainly crept through the pages.

It should be classed as young adult non-fiction.

There was some of the obligatory score-settling, and I’m sure there will be more in Vol.2.

On balance I found little to change my perception of Obama as a good man, if slightly boring as a national leader.

The book is inoffensive to a tiresome degree. ( )
  MylesKesten | Jan 23, 2024 |
Excellent account of his amazing journey. ( )
  Suem330 | Dec 28, 2023 |
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[Preface] I began writing this book shortly after the end of my presidency--after Michelle and I had boarded Air Force One for the last time and traveled west for a long-deferred break.
Of all the rooms and halls and landmarks that make up the White House and its grounds, it was the West Colonnade that I loved best.
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Biography & Autobiography. History. Politics. Nonfiction. HTML:A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making??from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy

#1 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 Guardian ? Marie 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 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

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