First volume of Obama’s memoir gets release date

The first volume of former US president Barack Obama’s memoir will be released on 17 November.

The date is two weeks after the American people choose between Joe Biden and Donald Trump in the US presidential election.

Mr Obama‘s 768-page book – which will be called A Promised Land – will cover America’s first black president’s historic rise to the White House and his first term in office after he was elected in 2008.

The publication date for the second volume has not yet been decided.

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.

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 17, 2020

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Mr Obama said: “I’ve spent the last few years reflecting on my presidency and in A Promised Land I’ve tried to provide an honest accounting of my presidential campaign and my time in office – the key events and people who shaped it; my take on what I got right and the mistakes I made, and the political, economic and cultural forces that my team and I had to confront then – and that as a nation we are grappling with still.

“In the book, I’ve also tried to give readers a sense of the personal journey that Michelle and I went through during those years, with all the incredible highs and lows.

“And finally, at a time when America is going through such enormous upheaval, the book offers some of my broader thoughts on how we can heal the divisions in our country going forward and make our democracy work for everybody – a task that won’t depend on any single president but on all of us as engaged citizens.”

Mr Obama’s latest book, like his previous ones, will be released by Crown.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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