The presidential memoirs of Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States, will be published in two volumes. The first volume, titled “A Promised Land”, is scheduled for global release on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, and will be issued simultaneously in 25 languages.
“A Promised Land” will be published in the United States and Canada in hardcover and digital formats by Crown, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House. An unabridged audio edition of the book, read by the author, will be simultaneously released in digital and physical formats by Penguin Random House Audio. A Spanish language edition will also be available, published as “Una Tierra Prometida”. A publication date for the second, and concluding, volume of the memoirs has not yet been set and will be announced at a later date. Details about President Obama’s book tour will be announced later this fall.
Said President Obama, “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. In the book, I’ve also tried to give readers a sense of the personal journey that Michelle and I went through during those years, with all the incredible highs and lows. And finally, at a time when America is going through such enormous upheaval, the book offers some of my broader thoughts on how we can heal the divisions in our country going forward and make our democracy work for everybody—a task that won’t depend on any single president, but on all of us as engaged citizens. Along with being a fun and informative read, I hope more than anything that the book inspires young people across the country—and around the globe—to take up the baton, lift up their voices, and play their part in remaking the world for the better.”
A recorded version of the preface, in Obama’s own voice, is available courtesy of The Atlantic.
All 768 pages of A Promised Land are available in hardback, paperback, audio and e-reader versions at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other booksellers.