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Barack Obama's 'A Promised Land' Is the Biggest Publication of the Year

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If you have ever heard the proverb that "Things worth having are worth waiting for," you will know that is true if you are able to get your hands on former President Barack Obama's memoir: A Promised Land. The extraordinary book is sure to fly off the shelves when it goes on sale on November 17, 2020. Therefore, it is suggested that you get your copy early if you can.

The first publication will include three million copies. One million of those copies have been printed in Germany and will be shipped to the US in 112 shipping containers. The book will be sold abroad and translated into 25 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Finnish, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

The President and the First Lady were given a $65 million advance from Penguin Random House to published their memoir after they left the White House. The First Lady's book, Becoming came out in 2018. Mrs. Obama made trips around the world promoting her book that sold ten million copies in the United States and Canada in the first six months after publication. You might have been wondering why it took so long for the 44th President's memoir to be published two years later.

There are several reasons, A Promised Land by Barack Obama comes out much later than his wife's. His book is expected to be more in demand and will sell out even faster.

Barack Obama's Memoir: "A Promised Land"

This is the first of two volumes. Even so, the first volume is long. A Promised Land has 768 pages that cover Obama’s early political career in Chicago, his historical presidential run in 2008, where he faced Senator Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary and Senator John McCain in the general election. Volume one concludes with the death of Osama bin Laden in 2011.

The first volume is more political than personal, but he does let readers know what impact his political career had on his marriage and family. He gives snippets of his relationship with his wife and two young daughters. His mother died of cancer in 1995, and Obama was not at her bedside in Hawaii because he was running for Illinois state senate. He writes, "Me not there, so busy with my grand pursuits. I know could never get that moment back. On top of my sorrow, I felt great shame."

The second volume will continue from that point with much more information about how the presidency took a toll on his entire life. We will learn about major security and military decisions Obama had to make during his eight years in the White House, the racism he encountered, and how he felt having to prove his place of birth to Donald Trump.

Reaction to "A Promised Land"

Obama said:

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

A Promised Land is not like Obama's other books. His first book, Dreams From My Father, was his first memoir that was published in 1995, with an advance of only $40,000. It sold 3.3 million copies in the United States and Canada,

The Audacity of Hope, his second memoir, debuted in 2006 and sold 4.2 million copies. Obama also wrote a children’s book in 2010, Of Thee I Sing, which told the stories of thirteen prominent Americans, including Jackie Robinson, Billie Holiday, and Georgia O’Keefe. Obama dedicated the book to his two daughters who were young at the time.

Barnes & Noble CEO James Daunt predicts that A Promised Land will “sell as no other book has done since July 21, 2007, when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows hit the shelves.

Editor Peter Osnos, who published Dreams From My Father at Times Books, said A Promised Land has to be the single biggest arc in the history of publishing.

Get Your Copy of "A Promised Land"

Don’t wait until it’s too late to buy your copy of A Promised Land because the book is expected to fly off the shelves as soon as they are put there. Make sure you get your copy by clicking on the link above.

So far, the book is already categorized as a best seller along with the other rankings:

  • #1 in African-American & Black Biographies
  • #1 in US Presidents
  • #1 in United States Executive Government


Jo Miller from Tennessee on November 21, 2020:

Already ordered my copy. Miss this man.

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