Book Review

A PROMISED LAND by Barack Obama

Rating: 5 / 5

When I heard that Barack Obama had a new book coming out, I knew it had to go on my TBR. I was lucky enough to win a copy, but knew that I wanted to get the audio to go with it. After waiting months, my audio hold finally came through and I decided that it was a perfect pick for #NonfictionNovember!

A PROMISED LAND is the former president’s exploration of how he came to be the first Black President of the United States.. The focus is on his early days in politics, his campaign for president and his first term in office. He goes into details on both his personal and professional life. There are highs and lows for both. The book hints at some of the coming problems with the administration following him, but mainly stops short of his second term.

I thought that this memoir was well written and having the audiobook in his own words was really fantastic as well. I appreciate that the book provides honesty about some of the struggles faced living in the public eye. Much as with Michelle Obama’s BECOMING, the president goes into the strain on their marriage and the difficulty of being a husband with two young children while working in politics and living on the campaign trail.

I thought this book did a fantastic job of exploring policy and world events and how the presidential job impacted those things. It both goes into enough detail to understand what is being discussed, but also keeps the dialogue engaging. I expected to read this book over time, thinking I’d want to break it up with something different but I really just wanted to keep listening! There are enough personal stories interspersed with the more political moments to keep the reader engaged as well.

I would highly recommend picking this one up both in print and in audio!

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