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A Promised Land de Barack Obama
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A Promised Land (original: 2020; edição: 2020)

de Barack Obama (Autor)

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Membro:jaapvermeulen
Título:A Promised Land
Autores:Barack Obama (Autor)
Informação:Crown (2020), 768 pages
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A Promised Land de Barack Obama (Author) (2020)

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    Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War de Robert M. Gates (Cecrow)
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    Becoming de Michelle Obama (Cecrow)
  3. 11
    The Untold History of the United States de Oliver Stone (PlaidStallion)
    PlaidStallion: He is humble, describing himself as ‘a skinny kid with a funny name who believes that America has a place for him, too.’

      Pearlstein wondered, “Whose Side Is Obama On?” The question became more poignant as the 2012 elections approached. Anger over the economy had boiled over. Occupy Wall Street and allied protesters gathered in towns and cities across the nation in a grassroots uprising of a sort not seen since the 1930s. Obama walked a fine line, trying to signal both the anti-Wall Street protesters and the Wall Street tycoons, whom the protesters reviled, that he was with them. In June 2011, the New York Times reported that Obama had offended Wall Street’s high rollers by calling them “‘fat cats’ and criticizing their bonuses” and by having the audacity to propose any curbs at all on their rapaciousness. Now, according to the Times, Obama and his top aides, looking for Wall Street backing in his reelection bid, were trying to salve the bankers’ wounded feelings. Franklin Roosevelt had compared ungrateful capitalists to the drowning old man who berates his rescuer for not saving his hat; Obama came before them, hat in hand, and begged forgiveness. Unlike Roosevelt, who had made enemies of Wall Street financiers by implementing large-scale government job creation and sweeping regulatory reform, Obama not only privileged those Wall Street insiders over the working masses, he apologized for having hurt their feelings.

      Obama also paid debts to other corporate donors. Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz noted, “When pharmaceutical companies receive a trillion-dollar gift—through legislation prohibiting the government, the largest buyer of drugs, from bargaining over price—it should not come as cause for wonder. It should not make jaws drop that a tax bill cannot emerge from Congress unless big tax cuts are put in place for the wealthy. Given the power of the top 1 percent, this is the way you would expect the system to work.” Stiglitz cited the response from banker Charles Keating, who was brought low by the 1980s savings and loan crisis. When asked by a congressional committee whether the $1.5 million he had contributed to elected officials could buy influence, he answered, “I certainly hope so.” The Supreme Court decision in the 2010 Citizens United case, which removed limits on corporate campaign spending, ensured that the influence of corporate and banking interests would mushroom.
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history listened to by the maker - I learned more listening to this than by any other method during the administration - when one combines it w Michelle's Becoming it illustrates a love story that any young person could aspire to experience ( )
  Overgaard | Sep 21, 2021 |
Wonderful to read a president who can think in full sentences without insulting others. The stress of the presidency and the agenda he tried to fulfill during his first term are covered extensively. I especially enjoyed Obama's take on the Tea Party/Palin/Trump/Mitchell camp. Looking forward to the next installment! ( )
  mojomomma | Sep 5, 2021 |
Very political for me, but it was interesting to hear some of his stories. ( )
  jhavens12 | Sep 1, 2021 |
What a project! The audiobook is 29 hours long, and I found my mind wondering every now and then but since I really like Obama's voice and could listen to him read a dictionary, this was an enjoyable "read". I particularly liked the beginning and the early years, and the descriptions of the family's attempts for normalcy during the presidential years. I find it amazing how detailed his memories are when I find it difficult to remember what I did last week, but maybe he keeps a diary :D ( )
  Iira | Aug 29, 2021 |
This is perhaps the most thorough and detailed presidential autobiography I’ve read. Indeed, this book is only one volume of two that covers President Obama’s life and time in office. President Obama covers it all in a well-written, interesting, and engaging book.

The book covers the beginnings of Obama’s political career and takes you through his decision to run, his campaign, and the successes and failures that attended his first term. The book ends shortly after Osama bin Laden was killed and shortly before the 2012 campaign began in earnest.

“A Promised Land” is definitely a different style of writing than “Becoming” by Michelle Obama. The best way I can describe that difference is by saying that Michelle Obama’s book was intended to be a more intimate, personal and lighthearted reflection with history and politics thrown in, while this book is more of a serious record of history and politics, with personal reflections—interspersed with a number of witty comments and funny stories thrown in (I still laugh at the alias that the Obama girls suggested for their dad).

During his candidacy and presidency, President Obama was well known for speaking in paragraphs rather than soundbites, delivering intelligent and eloquent speeches, and being able to frame compelling arguments. All of that shows through in this book. As President Obama himself notes, the book is written with considerable detail—most of which he insisted stay in the book. That includes a lot of in-depth analysis of both policy and facts. For those, like me, who are interested in such things, that makes for a fascinating read. For those who are less interested in such things, they may get bogged down in the details at times. But it’s all worth it to gain a deeper and better understanding of President Obama’s presidency, the decisions he faced, the reasons he chose the paths he took, and the lessons learned from both success and failure. Obviously, this is a book written from President Obama’s perspective; many would disagree with him or criticize the choices he made in office. But to gain a candid, in-depth understanding of his perspective and why he made the choices he did, this book is a must-read.

The personal reflections, stories, and insights from President Obama’s life are delightful and fascinating. It leaves you believing that he is exactly the type of person you hope he is, despite the weaknesses, failures, and shortcomings that he candidly acknowledges in this book. And the family dynamics and relationships described here are a model for anyone of any political or religious background. Perhaps the best thing I can say about reading this book is that it makes me want to be a better husband, father, and member of society.

In the end, “A Promised Land” is a book about a journey—much like those described by Moses, Martin Luther King, and others have discussed—not only for Obama, but for America, that involves real and deep struggles but ultimately leads us to a better place or “the promised land.” This was a theme of Obama’s presidency that continues in this book—that we are all part of the process of living up to our ideals and making our nation and the world a better place for everyone. Reading this book and being reminded of that perspective gives me hope for our future and inspires me to carry on that effort. ( )
  bentleymitchell | Aug 27, 2021 |
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O, fly and never tire,

Fly and never tire,

Fly and never tire,

There's a great camp meeting in the Promised Land.

------------from an african american spiritual
Don't discount our powers;

We have made a pass

At the infinite.

-------------Robert Frost, "Kitty Hawk"
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To Michelle---my love and life's partner
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Malia and Sasha-----whose dazzling light makes everything brighter
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[Preface] I began writing this book shortly after the end of my presidency--after Michelle and I had boarded Air Force One for the last time and traveled west for a long-deferred break.
Of all the rooms and halls and landmarks that make up the White House and its grounds, it was the West Colonnade that I loved best.
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For war was contradiction, as was the history of America.
Looking back, I sometimes ponder the age-old question of how much difference the particular characteristics of individual leaders make in the sweep of history---whether those of us who rise to power are mere conduits for the deep, relentless currents of the times or whether we're at least partly the authors of what's to come.
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