Former President Barack Obama announced that his book titled “A Promised Land” will be released on November 17.
The 768-page book is the first of two volumes, which takes readers on a journey through Obama’s early political career, his 2008 presidential campaign and ends with the death of Osama bin Laden in 2011.
“There’s no feeling like finishing a book, and I’m proud of this one. In A Promised Land, I try to provide an honest accounting of my presidency, the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our divisions and make democracy work for everybody,” Obama wrote on Twitter.
The publisher, Penguin Random House, expects that the demand for the book will be extraordinary, which is why Crown, an imprint of Penguin Random House, plans to print about 1 million of those books in Germany and has arranged for three ships, outfitted with 112 shipping containers, to bring those copies to the United States.
“Obama is candid about the balancing act of running for office as a Black American, bearing the expectations of a generation buoyed by messages of ‘hope and change,’ and meeting the moral challenges of high-stakes decision-making,” states a release from the publisher.
“He is frank about the forces that opposed him at home and abroad, open about how living in the White House affected his wife and daughters, and unafraid to reveal self-doubt and disappointment. Yet he never wavers from his belief that inside the great, ongoing American experiment, progress is always possible.”
Obama said this book shall also give the readers a sense of his and his wife, Michelle’s personal journey “with all the incredible highs and lows” during that time.
He also writes about his thoughts on how to heal the country’s divisions and hopes that his book will inspire the next generation to “play their part in remaking the world for the better.”