Obama Announces His New Memoir ‘A Promised Land,’ That Covers His Presidency

by Duke Magazine

Former US president Barack Obama has taken to his microblogging platform, Twitter, to announce that he would be releasing a new memoir in November, which is two weeks after the US presidential election. The book entitled “A Promised Land” will be the first part of two volumes that chronicle the early part of his political years, his 2008 presidential campaign and concludes with the capture of terror figure Osama Bin Ladin.

The highly anticipated book will be available from November 17, and will be published around the world in 25 languages. Crown, the Penguin Random House imprint, behind the release has ordered 3 million copies for the first printing of the U.S. edition.

“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,” Obama said in a statement, according to the Associated Press.

According to the Times’, Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, sold their memoirs to Crown for a record $65 million. Michelle’s book, “Becoming,” which was published in 2018 has reportedly sold 8.1 million units in the United States and Canada.

Obama’s first book, “Dreams From My Father,” was published in 1995. Since then, it has sold more than 3.3 million units in the U.S. and Canada. His second book, “The Audacity of Hope,” published in 2006 has sold more than 4.2 million units.

The list price for the book is $45. The erstwhile president will also read the audio version of the new memoir. A release date for the second volume has not yet been announced.

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