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A Promised Land de Barack Obama

A Promised Land (original: 2020; edição: 2020)

de Barack Obama (Autor)

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Título:A Promised Land
Autores:Barack Obama (Autor)
Informação:Crown (2020), 768 pages
Coleções:Unread, Sua biblioteca
Etiquetas:non-fiction, memoir

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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)
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    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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"You think you may not be ready, that you might do it at a more convenient time. But you don't choose the time. The time chooses you." This is what Ted Kennedy, "heir to the most famous name in American politics", told Barack Obama about running for President.

Obama's writing talent is not a secret. He has a special affinity for expressing himself. For me, the appeal is undeniable. In this book, he comes through as an intelligent, sensitive, utterly honest, and caring person who has become a leader of the country. His frankness about his life - starting with some ruminations about his childhood and young years, on to his early political career and his first term as President - is humbling and deserves true respect.

What we all saw on TV screens and read in papers in the first four years of the Obama administration is now interpreted with first hand knowledge, from behind the scenes. Each and every agonizing decision, however major or minor, comes to the surface in this memoir, with details that are sometimes surprising, sometimes predictable, but always honestly presented. I understood Washington politics like never before after reading this tome of a memoir. It's actually amazing how much Obama was able to accomplish, despite McConnell's stubbornness and unsubstantiated rejection of basically each and every good deed... Can't wait for Part Two. ( )
1 vote Clara53 | Jun 14, 2021 |
An autobiography of President Barack Obama, that focuses on his campaign and the choices he made during his presidency. There is a bit of a under the covers glimpse of what it is like campaigning or being the president. Most of the book is more about what he accomplished in detail. The book has more of a history lesson feel, then an introspective autobiography feel. If you already have a good idea of what he accomplished during his presidency, then this book won't add much. If you want to get a better idea of who Barack Obama is, this book also won't add much. This book felt more like Barack bragging about all that he accomplished, with no introspection, ideas of what the future could hold, and all fine details are mostly name-drops of people I have never heard of. This is also just a review of the book itself, I enjoyed Barack Obama as a president. ( )
  renbedell | Jun 13, 2021 |
I loved most of this memoir. There is a lot great content that is more about the person, the family man, and the politician than straight politics. During the chapters about foreign affairs, my mind drifted a bit, however, I was very engaged in it most of the time. After reading this, I have even more respect for the Obamas and what they encountered while in the White House. He handled the challenges by using his calm, intelligent ways. ( )
1 vote Beth.Clarke | Jun 12, 2021 |
I listened to the audio version over a few months. I liked it, but it was long, and I kept starting other books or listening to podcasts during my daily listening sessions. I always went back, though, because it was truly worth it.

Former President Obama narrates the audio version of his book, and I love it when the author’s voice tells the story. Inflections are in the right places, and emphasis is always given to the appropriate passages.

The beginning of the book outlines Obama’s entry into the world of politics, and it is so fascinating to hear about some of the strategies used to win elections at the local level. I enjoyed learning about his analysis of good and questionable “moves” in the political arena and his determination to keep things honest and aboveboard in every way. Taking advice is difficult for any leader who is driven to better oneself. Still, Obama indeed learns whose advice to take and how to consider, yet refuses advice that doesn’t seem entirely comfortable.

The story gradually builds to Barack Obama’s senatorial days and then the presidential primaries and national election. It was riveting to hear his analysis of Hilary Clinton during the 2008 primaries. He was straightforward about her missteps but always respectful and kind.

Some of my favorite parts of the book were when President Obama discusses his wife Michelle and her reservations about her husband’s candidacies at local, state, and national levels. It was also pleasant to hear him convey reverence for his mother-in-law, who helped his family considerably when he entered the White House. I think his mentions of his daughters, Sasha and Malia, are touching, sometimes humorous, and often heartrending when he talks about missing so many events in their lives and being required to make their lives so monitored and unnormal.

As Obama’s story builds to his presidential years, I reflected on the world events we so recently lived through. I gained some new perspectives as he described the casts of characters involved in his planning, decision-making, and politicking. Obama included stories and anecdotes about US national leaders and international heads of state and his experiences visiting other countries. His comments were always direct, sometimes blunt, but always respectful of others’ points of view. He uses plain, understandable language and provides insights to former presidents and also to his successor.
See all my reviews:
https://quipsandquotes.net/ ( )
  LindaLoretz | Jun 4, 2021 |
One of my presidents. ( )
  bookczuk | May 28, 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
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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