Obama Announces New Memoir ‘A Promised Land,’ Covering Presidency - Black Enterprise

Obama Announces New Memoir ‘A Promised Land,’ Covering Presidency

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Former President Barack Obama (Image: Flickr/Gage Skidmore)

Barack Obama has announced that his highly anticipated memoir, A Promised Land, will be released later this fall and will go in-depth about the different issues and problems the former president encountered during his time at the White House.

According to the book’s website, the anticipated memoir scheduled for release Nov. 17 “will cover his “improbable odyssey from a young man searching for his identity to the leader of the free world” and “landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency.”

Obama tweeted the news earlier this week celebrating the milestone. “There’s no feeling like finishing a book, and I’m proud of this one,” he wrote. “In A Promised Land, I try to provide an honest accounting of my presidency, the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our divisions and make democracy work for everybody.”

The new memoir will go into his presidency including selecting members of his cabinet to his thoughts on America’s strained relationship with Vladimir Putin.

“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,” the description reads according to USA Today.

“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.”


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There’s no feeling like finishing a book, and I’m proud of this one. I’ve spent the last few years reflecting on my presidency, and in A Promised Land I’ve tried to provide an honest accounting of my presidential campaign and my time in office: the key events and people who shaped it, my take on what I got right and the mistakes I made, and the political, economic, and cultural forces that my team and I had to confront then—and that as a nation we are grappling with still. In the book, I’ve also tried to give readers a sense of the personal journey that Michelle and I went through during those years, with all the incredible highs and lows. And finally, at a time when America is going through such enormous upheaval, the book offers some of my broader thoughts on how we can heal the divisions in our country going forward and make our democracy work for everybody—a task that won’t depend on any single president, but on all of us as engaged citizens. Along with being a fun and informative read, I hope more than anything that the book inspires young people across the country—and around the globe—to take up the baton, lift up their voices, and play their part in remaking the world for the better.

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