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Obama’s first presidential memoir, ‘A Promised Land,’ set for November release

Former President Obama on Thursday announced that he will release the first volume of his presidential memoirs, titled “A Promised Land,” on Nov. 17.

“There’s no feeling like finishing a book, and I’m proud of this one. 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,” Obama wrote on Twitter.

The memoir takes readers on a journey through Obama’s political history, from his first Iowa caucus victory “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,” its publisher said.

“A Promised Land” offers insight to several pivotal moments throughout his presidency, including the 2009 financial crisis, the passage of the Affordable Care Act and the mission that lead to the death of Osama bin Laden.

“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,” according to a release from Penguin Random House. “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.”

A publication date for the second, and concluding, volume of the memoirs has not yet been set. Details about Obama’s book tour will be announced later this fall, according to the publisher. 

He has previously written two best-selling memoirs about his life before the White House, including “Dreams from My Father” in 1995 and “The Audacity of Hope” in 2006. He also released a children’s book in 2010 entitled “Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters.”

The former president and his wife, former first lady Michelle Obama, first signed profitable deals with Penguin Random House in 2017. Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” was released in 2018 and quickly became one of the most popular political memoirs ever, selling over 10 million copies.

It is not uncommon for presidents to sign book deals upon leaving office. Former President George W. Bush signed a deal with Crown Publishing in 2009.

President Trump, however, has called for an investigation into this predecessor’s book deal and other activities during the Obama administration.

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