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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.

    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 listeners 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 4th 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 US partisan politics and international diplomacy. Obama brings listeners 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 US strategy in Afghanistan, tackles Wall Street reform, responds to the devastating Deepwater Horizon blowout and authorises 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 organiser 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.

    ©2020 Barack Obama (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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    Voice 10/10, content 9/10 then 2/10

    The best chapters come early in the book and are very inspiring. Obama has a great voice. The later two thirds of a book were neither insightful concerning his personal thoughts, neither were they interesting from a political or military perspective. If it wasn't for the author or the first part of the book, I wouldn't recommend reading it.

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    Eindrucksvoller Einblick in Zeitgeschichte

    Spannend, lehrreich und humorvoll. Vom Autor selbst gelesen, ist es ein Hochgenuss dieser Lektion in amerikanischer Geschichte zu lauschen. Was für eine Wohltat, dass ein amerikanischer Präsident auch ein aufrichtiger und anständiger Mensch sein kann, der anständig und abwechsungsteich Englisch spricht. Ich könnte seiner warmen Stimme ewig zuhören.

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    So much insights

    Yes, Barack loves to talk and talks a lot. However, very well written and with so many valuable insights. It explains a lot why we are where we are at the moment.

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    Absolut faszinierend. Ich bin begeistert.

    Ein Einblick in das Amt des US Präsidenten in einer schwierigen Zeit. Dazu lernt man Barack Obama wirklich kennen. was ist er für ein Typ? was treibt bzw. bewegt ihn? faszinierend. Ich fand ihn immer sympathisch, habe aber zu wenig persönliches über ihn gelesen bzw. gehört. Jetzt bin ich begeistert. Die USA konnten sich glücklich schätzen.

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    Quite boring and narcissistic

    Very boring with no real story. It’s just Obama teeing about his life in a very narcissistic way

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    Definitiv empfehlenswert

    Sehr detailliert und subjektiv, aber dennoch hoch spannend die Geschichte aus den Augen von Obama zu zu sehen!