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Book 82 of 2020 - A Promised Land

Author: Barack Obama

Publication Date: Nov. 17, 2020

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

Format: Audiobook

Started: Nov. 18, 2020

Finished: Nov. 27, 2020

When I heard that President Obama was writing a biography, I got excited. I supported him as a President and believe he is a wonderful writer. This book only confirmed my thoughts.

I attempted to read the book but with a page total of 751 pages it would have taken me forever, so I switched to the audiobook so I could listen as I did chores and worked.

This is the first book in a two-book series as there was a lot that Obama included. This first volume takes us from his childhood through his time in the Senate to his Presidency. Obama helps the reader understand what encompasses being the President of the United States, not only the legalities behind it but also the intricacies. He relays stories of meeting Vladimir Putin for the first time as well as discovering that staff members were working on secret negotiations without his knowledge. Learning new and interesting things about the Obama Presidential era made me wonder how he lasted as long as he did while leading the country.

Obama chose to end this volume of his life story on a perfect note...after the successful death of Osama Bin Laden. This could easily be the crowning achievement of Obama's first term as it was something President Bush had attempted to achieve.

I am actively awaiting the second volume of President Obama's writing as he is intelligent in his word choice and phrasing. He is easy to understand yet speaks with the knowledge of a man who has attended the best schools and seen things that others will never know.

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