In 1995, Barack Obama visited Kenya for the first time since he was two years old. He had come to see the land of his father’s birth and to learn more about the country where his family came from. Nearly two decades later, as president of the United States, he returned to Africa—this time with his wife and daughters in tow—to highlight America’s commitment to Africa’s development. A Promised Land is Obama’s deeply personal account of that trip: a vibrant chronicle of unforgettable moments spent among ordinary people who have extraordinary stories to tell. From bustling markets full of trade-offs large and small, to classrooms filled with students eager for self-improvement,Obama shows us firsthand why democracy is on the rise in Africa even as it faces significant challenges moving forward. With beautiful writing and deft storytelling, A Promised Land provides new insight into one man’s determination—and ongoing evolution—as an international leader committed not just to African progress but also American leadership abroad.
For who is this book for ?
A Promised Land is for the general reader who wants to know about President Obama’s thoughts and feelings towards Africa and how his view of the continent has changed over time.
- The author provides first-hand insights into African culture and politics.
- The book is beautifully written, making it a rich reading experience.
- Obama’s passion for Africa and its people comes through in the text.
- The author is biased in his writing.
- It is poorly edited, with factual errors throughout.
- The book focuses primarily on Obama’s own experiences and observations, rather than providing a broad overview of the continent or its people.
Learn more about the author
Barack Obama is the 44th president of the United States. He was born in Hawaii and raised in Indonesia and Chicago. A graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, he worked as a community organizer before winning election to the Illinois State Senate in 1996. In 2004, he was elected to the U.S. Senate, becoming only the third African American ever elected to national office from Illinois.
“This captivating book by our former president is a must-read for anyone wishing to gain perspective on the current state of Africa and its people, as well as Obama’s thoughts on international relations. Engaging, insightful, and eloquently written.”
“This book is a beautifully written and powerful account of President Obama’s visit to Africa in 2013. Through engaging stories and personal reflections, he provides new insight into his commitment to African progress and American leadership abroad.”
“A strikingly personal look at Obama’s landmark visit to Africa as president, and the insights it provided him about both the continent and his own presidency. . . Beautifully written and powerfully argued, A Promised Land reveals Obama’s evolving thoughts on some of the most pressing issues facing America and the world.”
“A Promised Land is beautifully written and provides new insight into Obama’s determination—and ongoing evolution—as an international leader committed not just to African progress but also American leadership abroad.”