A Promised Land review

A Promised LandA Promised Land by Barack Obama

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This 700 page book felt like only a 400 page book! Obama is, unsurprisingly, a good writer, and he gives a lot of insight into why he did what he did as president.

Honestly, I think this book would have been too depressing for me to read while Trump was president; the contrast between Obama’s thoughtfulness and genuine good nature is really striking.

It was a little depressing rereading the hopefulness of 2008 followed by the disappointment of…well, 2010 and such. (the book only goes through 2011) But, as he said at the time, Obama figured out pretty quickly how difficult it would be to get things done. And it is nice to reread about Obamacare getting passed. (can you believe the Democrats had 60 seats in the Senate in 2008?? Blows my mind every time I remember that…)

Anyway, the book really is a nice look at Obama’s rise to the presidency and the kinds of choices you have to make as president. I enjoyed it and am looking forward to Part 2, whenever that comes out!


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