Listen To Excerpts From President Obama’s New Memoir ‘A Promised Land’

The memoir details the former president's political life with honesty and poise.


Former President Barack Obama’s latest memoir A Promised Land hits shelves today, November 17th. The transparent memoir details Obama’s political life, and the prime years of his presidency that shaped him. “I want to give an honest reckoning of my time as president,” said Obama. 

More specifically, the memoir centers on his political life in Chicago, the decision that led to the killing of terrorist Osama bin Laden during his presidency, and provides insight into his own mind about policy and what it means to be president of the United States.  Furthermore, the memoir will give readers a sense of what the Obama family personally went through during their eight years in the White House.

“My goal was to give you some insight into the events and people that shaped me during the early years of my presidency. Most of all, I hope it inspires you to see yourself playing a role in shaping a better world,” Obama said in a tweet announcing the release of his memoir.


Provided by NPR, here are two clips of Obama reading from his memoir. The first clip details the days before the raid that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden,  and the second is his reaction when his wife, Michelle Obama, verbalized with confidence that he would win the presidency. To hear all five excerpts, head on over to NPR



Pick up a copy of A Promised Land from your local bookstore, or order through Amazon

Ayanna Nicole

Hi! I’m Ayanna, a writer and artist. Although I graduated from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte with two degrees in art and psychology, I’ve had a passion for writing for as long as I can remember. By following my dreams and utilizing my creativity, I designed Jaro Magazine with the ultimate intention of bringing more positive stories in the black community to the forefront, while also highlighting our versatile and vibrant culture through Jaro’s four modes: film, books, art, and music. I also manage a book hub, which you can find on Instagram @bloomingliterature.

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