By Douglas Perry and Amy Wang | The Oregonian/OregonLive
Barack Obama’s memoir, “A Promised Land,” hits bookshelves on Nov. 17.
Publisher Penguin Random House calls the 768-page book “a riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making,” tracking the first Black U.S. president’s “improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world.”
The memoir, which has an unusually hefty list price of $45 thanks to its size, focuses on Obama’s political career up through his first term as president. This includes his handling of the 2008-09 financial crisis, passage of the Affordable Care Act and his authorization of the operation that led to the killing of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. A second volume will tackle the rest of his presidency and his life after the White House.
“A Promised Land” is an effort 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,” Obama said.
On Monday, NPR released audio excerpts of Obama reading from the book.
Obama’s wife, Michelle, published her memoir, “Becoming,” two years ago.
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