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A Promised Land (2020 original; edició 2020)

de Barack Obama (Autor)

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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 #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 understanding and built together, day by day.… (més)
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Títol:A Promised Land
Autors:Barack Obama (Autor)
Informació:Crown (2020), 768 pages
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An image careful retelling of Obama's campaign for the Presidency and the first years, finishing with the elimination of Osama bin Laden. There is a strong focus on the legislation that he got through congress, and how with the ever present background chorus of GOP opposition. The prose is workmanlike, but never compelling. ( )
  quondame | Sep 25, 2022 |
Barack Obama’s A Promised Land is a rather insightful presidential autobiography. He explained how the Democratic party was able to pass a number of legislations. Obama pointed to victories with TARP, Recovery Act, Dodd-Frank Act, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, Immigration, and climate change. He failed in his effort to get legislation on the Dream Act for millions of undocumented children who reside in the United States.
Obama’s victories didn’t come easily. As these pieces of legislation made their way through the senate, they faced opposition from Republicans. In the senate Mitch McConnell would try to use the filibuster to block his legislation. Fortunately, when Obama first assumed the presidency, he had the backing of sixty Democratic senators. After the Democrats lost a seat in Massachusetts the healthcare bill appeared in jeopardy. With other legislation Democrats under Harry Reid relied on three Republican senators to secure a bipartisan majority.
In the book Obama wrote about his early ventures into politics. He described his days as a community activist, election to the Illinois legislative assembly, and the senate. A reader was able to share his frustrations in Springfield, Illinois. Some legislation he was able to pass, and Obama was caught up with his campaign strategy to run for the U.S. senate. The victory he achieved was significant as an African American, and he was able to coax his wife Michelle go along with his future plans. Obama took giant steps, and other ventures which eventually led him to run for the presidency.
Though out the book his style was reflective. He reminisced about campaigns like Iowa that went well during the primaries with Hillary Clinton. He let his audience know about those that he could have done better. And Obama was honest in pointing out his failures. He also expressed ideas about how he could have done better during his presidency. Nevertheless, regardless of how things turned out he praised all his colleagues – young and old alike, who made his presidency a success.
Obama was quite critical of Donald Trump’s activities. He was proud that under his watch the terrorist mastermind bin Laden was killed in Pakistan. But he realized that America’s struggle with al Qaida would continue. He would continue to grapple with the fallout from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama praised the armed forces and the generals that were defending American interests in the Middle East. ( )
  erwinkennythomas | Sep 12, 2022 |
Most of the book with a "behind the curtain" view of the Commander in Chief's perspective, with a direct feedback and vantage point on national affairs as President Obama carefully details his first term in office. A well written book, the accounts are part of our collective US History. I found myself reading pieces of the first half over several months, and putting down for short periods only to pick back up and finish the second half in a few days. Looking forward to the second part of President Obama's accounts in office. ( )
  John_Hughel | Aug 24, 2022 |
“there are people in the world who think only about themselves. They don’t care what happens to other people so long as they get what they want. They put other people down to make themselves feel important. “Then there are people who do the opposite, who are able to imagine how others must feel, and make sure that they don’t do things that hurt people. “So,” she said, looking me squarely in the eye. “Which kind of person do you want to be?”
― Barack Obama, A Promised Land

My review:

Fellow Goodreads people and Political Junkie fans.....I have no t yet finished this book.

I do not usually do this but feel I must. I am giving a five even though I am not done.

There are several reasons for this. Number one is...I maybe not done for awhile. Before the end of the year for sure. But it is going to take awhile.

This book is LONG. Very very long. Consumingly long. Gold Finch long...but longer.

My two favorite books ever are "A tree grows in Brooklyn" and "I Cleopatra" and both are very very long too. I think I read faster as a kid.

But I am several hundred pages in. People, he goes through EVERYTHING. The nomination process. How he wrestles with deciding to run. The campaign trail. The love and mutual respect between him and the great people of Iowa.

And then becoming President! And learning. And governing. And so much more.

That is just in the first hundred pages people.

And...there is not ONE DULL MOMENT.

Although I am a political junkie, I will freely admit many political books are boring. Some have very dry writing. Not here. If you love him and if you loved Audacity of Hope or even if you didn't...but just love politics.....you have got to read this.

I am reading other books as I coast along with this one. When I am done, which maybe eight months from now, I plan to redo my whole review but right now I feel fine about rating it five stars. We love you Obama! ( )
  Thebeautifulsea | Aug 6, 2022 |
When I heard that President Obama was writing a biography, I got excited. I supported him as a President and believe he is a wonderful writer. This book only confirmed my thoughts.

I attempted to read the book but with a page total of 751 pages it would have taken me forever, so I switched to the audiobook so I could listen as I did chores and worked.

This is the first book in a two-book series as there was a lot that Obama included. This first volume takes us from his childhood through his time in the Senate to his Presidency. Obama helps the reader understand what encompasses being the President of the United States, not only the legalities behind it but also the intricacies. He relays stories of meeting Vladimir Putin for the first time as well as discovering that staff members were working on secret negotiations without his knowledge. Learning new and interesting things about the Obama Presidential era made me wonder how he lasted as long as he did while leading the country.
Obama chose to end this volume of his life story on a perfect note...after the successful death of Osama Bin Laden. This could easily be the crowning achievement of Obama's first term as it was something President Bush had attempted to achieve.

I am actively awaiting the second volume of President Obama's writing as he is intelligent in his word choice and phrasing. He is easy to understand yet speaks with the knowledge of a man who has attended the best schools and seen things that others will never know. ( )
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O, fly and never tire,

Fly and never tire,

Fly and never tire,

There's a great camp meeting in the Promised Land.

------------from an african american spiritual
Don't discount our powers;

We have made a pass

At the infinite.

-------------Robert Frost, "Kitty Hawk"
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To Michelle---my love and life's partner
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Malia and Sasha-----whose dazzling light makes everything brighter
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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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For war was contradiction, as was the history of America.
Looking back, I sometimes ponder the age-old question of how much difference the particular characteristics of individual leaders make in the sweep of history---whether those of us who rise to power are mere conduits for the deep, relentless currents of the times or whether we're at least partly the authors of what's to come.
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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 #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 understanding and built together, day by day.

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