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Rave Review for Barack Obama's A Promised Land

November 12, 2020
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A Promised Land by Barack Obama hits shelves this Tuesday, November 17, and if the latest review is any indication of it's success, we have a hit on our hands!

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, award winning author of Americanah, reviewed Barack Obama's newest memoir, A Promised Land. This is a riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making—from the president who inspired so many to believe in the power of democracy. In Adichie's words, "Barack Obama is as fine a writer as they come. It is not merely that this book avoids being ponderous, as might be expected, even forgiven, of a hefty memoir, but that it is nearly always pleasurable to read, sentence by sentence, the prose gorgeous in places, the detail granular and vivid."

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. Adichie writes that, "Obama’s thoughtfulness is obvious to anyone who has observed his political career, but in this book he lays himself open to self-questioning..." With this thoughtfulness, 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.

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.

A Promised Land is the perfect gift for the history buff in your life this season. Our Books-a-Million addition comes with a framable keepsake quote card, while supplies last.

NYT Review

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