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A Promised Land

THE PRESIDENTIAL MEMOIRS, VOLUME 1

Barack Obama

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“A Promised Land” is a presidential memoir written by Barack Obama. And it is volume one of two which he lets us know in kind of the introductory part of the book. It is the first of two novels the novel starts in his childhood memories moves up through his college career, his congressional races and moves up into his presidency as well the majority of the novel focuses on his time during the presidency and it ends in 2011. The next novel we assume will start at that point and move on to the rest of his presidential career. In this review, we are going to present a list of findings of this book. We’ll be starting with things that we like about the book and moving through the list to things that we didn’t enjoy as much and we are going to try and avoid any political or ideological comments. We are going to try to strictly make this about the book itself and not so much about policies or what we feel about Barack Obama.

“You could build power not by putting others down but by lifting them up.”

― Barack Obama, A Promised Land 

What’s inside

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THE BET

Part One

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RENEGADE

Part Three

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THE WORLD AS IT IS

Part Five

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ON THE HIGH WIRE

Part Seven

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YES WE CAN

Part Two

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THE GOOD FIGHT

Part Four

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IN THE BARREL

Part Six

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. The mood on the plane was bittersweet. Both of us were drained, physically and emotionally, not only by the labors of the previous eight years but by the unexpected results of an election in which someone diametrically opposed to everything we stood for had been chosen as my successor. Still, having run our leg of the race to completion, we took satisfaction in knowing that we’d done our very best—and that however much I’d fallen short as president, whatever projects I’d hoped but failed to accomplish, the country was in better shape now than it had been when I’d started. For a month, Michelle and I slept late, ate leisurely dinners, went for long walks, swam in the ocean, took stock, replenished our friendship, rediscovered our love, and planned for a less eventful but hopefully no less satisfying second act. And by the time I was ready to get back to work and sat down with a pen and yellow pad (I still like writing things out in longhand, finding that a computer gives even my roughest drafts too smooth a gloss and lends half-baked thoughts the mask of tidiness), I had a clear outline of the book in my head.

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…… 

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The book starts with Obama telling us a little bit about his mother, his grandparents and his childhood, the time that he spent in Indonesia and every other place that he has lived and his experiences, how he was back in high school and what were the major changes in his life. One of the major changes in his life came from books so the moment when he started reading books that were a very big milestone in his life and when you read the book you will get to know that reading books changed him to a certain extent and it opened his horizon and it opened his vision towards the world he could understand many different things. 

 

He was a lot into literature so the beginning of the book is somewhat like that you get to know a little bit about him when he was in his school and college days and his experience with his mother and his grandparents he talks about his mother a lot actually and it sort of shows that his mother was one of the greatest role models in his life. We think out of all the lessons that his mother taught him one of the most important lessons that stayed with him is all about kindness and she taught him kindness and she taught him what kind of person he should be and there’s an entire passage about what she exactly said and that was endearing. So we also get to know his mother and we get to know a lot about a person from their childhood and from the way they were brought up and since his mother was such a strong woman and she was so opinionated she was kind, she was also into protests and she was quite an Activist herself.

Then he also talks about his love story with Michelle but he does not go quite into the details like if you have read the book Becoming by Michelle Obama then you would know the exact story the chronology of all the events and how he proposed and every single thing regarding their relationship but in this book, it’s not given in that much detail he just talks about her a little bit and how things went but he does not go into the details of their dating time and their wedding. This book is going to be more about his political life than his personal life.

“I experienced failure and learned to buck up so I could rally those who’d put their trust in me. I suffered rejections and insults often enough to stop fearing them. In other words, I grew up—and got my sense of humor back.”

― Barack Obama, A Promised Land  

In general, about the book, one of our favorite things about this book is that it’s well written. We feel like president Obama is an amazing writer he does just a spectacular job of getting thoughts onto a page in a way that his voice comes out in a way that he is professional and classy and kind of all those things that we think about Obama in maybe his speeches but it comes out in his writing as well. His sentence structure is varied and interesting and it keeps the reader kind of engaged in the writing itself. 

Another thing we enjoyed about the text is still so relatable. President Obama’s humor is evident in the book; we saw different aspects of that sly humor that is characteristic of whom Barack Obama is written there in the text. and it’s also written in a way that it does for the most part keep you moving it keeps you engaged and interested. It’s not long run-on sentences. And It is very relatable and easy to read.

Another thing we enjoyed throughout the memoir as he’s talking about from a very young age and moving on through his presidential campaign and into his presidency he loves America it’s something that makes anyone want to love America as well. Whatever anyone feels about America in its current state there’s something about the way that Obama talks about the ideas of what America stands for, what it is that makes you want to love it as well and not just the nebulous idea of the country but the way that Obama talks about people is incredible. He does an amazing job of making you want to love people that you maybe otherwise wouldn’t want to love. He talks about people he meets in rural America whom he falls in love with and wants you to fall in love with them as well he also talks about people in urban America. He talks about them in a way that makes anyone want to fall in love with them. Obama has a really good way of writing about people and writing about Americans that makes you want to fall in love with America. And all the Americans that are in it. 

We appreciated some of the thoughtful stances that president Barack Obama brings to this book as well at no point was he necessarily trying to force ideologies down anyone’s throat in this book but the thoughtfulness of the way he approaches things makes you want to think about those things and not just the political ideas that he may have or bring to the table but simple things about the ways an absentee father may shape your life.

“You were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize,” Gibbs said.
“What do you mean?”
“They just announced it a few minutes ago.”
“For what?””

― Barack Obama, A Promised Land  

it was interesting to have a new perspective brought in that situation although that was not necessarily what Barack Obama was trying at all with the novel it was still helpful for anyone.  We also really enjoyed getting to know Barack Obama on kind of a more personal level. In this memoir he brings forward all of the things that he did but not just in a kind of beautiful heroic light he also brings forward some of his flaws and helps us to get to know who he is as a person and not just as a president there’s something about the pedestal of a president that makes you think of someone either vilify them or heroicize them the way he’s written this memoir it makes us aware of the good things he did and some of the negative faults that he has as well.

The Presidential Memoir

A pRomised Land

Written by Barack Obama

A couple of things We didn’t enjoy about this novel as much one is that it is very detailed. This is a fault that’s addressed in the intro he says “hey this is a book it was meant to be 500 pages it was meant to take me three years and instead here we are four years later this is 700 pages and it’s part one of two there’s a second book coming”. At some level all the detail is appreciated. It’s nice to be able to look in on the decisions that were made and see all the context in the history surrounding them. At another level, this is a very long book and there are times when it drags a little because the details are so available to you. We think the book could have done with fewer details. This book is a very polished novel. It is very little in the way of emotional connectivity in the novel. It’s all very detail-oriented and We think those two things kind of go together. It’s so analytical and detailed and so therefore it doesn’t have as many emotional aspects about it. You could conclude a lot of emotional aspects about it and we think this also plays into who Obama is as a person but it was tough for us to emotionally connect with this memoir. 

Who is this book for,

Honestly, we think it’s a really interesting book for a lot of different people, anyone interested in who Barack Obama is or learning about the recent history with a little bit more detail in it. This is a great book for you anyone who’s thinking about a political career it’s hard not to recommend this book in that there are a lot of lessons to be learned in the way that Obama has talked about his career and kind of what happened to him moving up through. we think the book was also written tactfully enough that this isn’t an echo chamber it’s not just written for democrats or liberals or black people or anything like that. The book is definitely written in a way that’s accessible for anyone interested. There isn’t much in the way of like lampooning or it’s very bipartisan we think Barack has done a very tactful job of writing that way this is an accessible book for anyone who has the tenacity or the perseverance to slog through the whole 700-page novel.

About the Book author.

Barack Obama is a 44th President of the United States of America.

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.

The Presidential Memoir

A pRomised Land

Written by Barack Obama

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