Barack Obama seeks to provide ‘honest accounting’ of presidency in ‘A Promised Land’; memoir now available for pre-order

Books about Donald Trump just keep coming, week after week. Six of the Top 10 hardcover nonfiction volumes on the latest New York Times bestseller list are about the 45th president or his administration. For readers who like presidential tomes but are looking for something a little different, they’ll soon […]

Books about Donald Trump just keep coming, week after week. Six of the Top 10 hardcover nonfiction volumes on the latest New York Times bestseller list are about the 45th president or his administration.

For readers who like presidential tomes but are looking for something a little different, they’ll soon be able to read a new book by Trump’s predecessor. Barack Obama’s memoir, “A Promised Land,” will hit bookshelves on Nov. 17, two weeks after the election that pits Trump against Joe Biden, who served as Obama’s vice-president.

“There’s no feeling like finishing a book,” Obama tweeted last week.

“A Promised Land” is now available for pre-order.

Publisher Penguin Random House calls the 768-page book “a riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making,” tracking the first Black U.S. president’s “improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world.”

The memoir, which has an unusually hefty list price of $45 thanks to its size, focuses on Obama’s political career up through his first term as president. This includes his handling of the 2008-09 financial crisis, passage of the Affordable Care Act and his authorization of the operation that led to the killing of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. A second volume will tackle the rest of his presidency and his life after the White House.

With “A Promised Land,” Obama said, he has tried “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 long ago proved he’s a skilled writer. When he was a young Chicago community organizer in 1995, he published the coming-of-age memoir “Dreams of My Father,” which Kirkus Reviews called “honest, often poetic.”

Obama’s wife Michelle published her memoir, “Becoming,” two years ago. It has sold more than 10 million copies.

— Douglas Perry

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