It's a certified best-seller within a month after it was published.
Officially published just last November 17, Barack Obama’s new book A Promised Land is already a certified best-seller with over 3.3 million copies sold. The memoir book is the first part of a two-volume series released under the Crown Publishing Group.
A Promised Land tackles about Obama’s days in the White House from 2009 to 2017. Obama served as the 44th President of the United States and he made history as the first African-American to ever hold the position.
In the book’s preface, Obama wrote:
“I began writing this book shortly after the end of my presidency—after Michelle and I had boarded Air Force One for the last time and traveled west for a long-deferred break. The mood on the plane was bittersweet. Both of us were drained, physically and emotionally, not only by the labors of the previous eight years but by the unexpected results of an election in which someone diametrically opposed to everything we stood for had been chosen as my successor.
“Still, having run our leg of the race to completion, we took satisfaction in knowing that we’d done our very best—and that however much I’d fallen short as president, whatever projects I’d hoped but failed to accomplish, the country was in better shape now than it had been when I’d started.”
Obama previously wrote Dreams From My Father and The Audacity of Hope. Both were published before he was elected president.
In a review for The New York Times, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie said about A Promised Land:
“Barack Obama is as fine a writer as they come. . . . [A Promised Land] is nearly always pleasurable to read, sentence by sentence, the prose gorgeous in places, the detail granular and vivid. . . . The story will continue in the second volume, but Barack Obama has already illuminated a pivotal moment in American history, and how America changed while also remaining unchanged.”
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