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A Promised Land

Authors: Barack Obama
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Former President Barack Obama's biography, A Promised Land, details his upbringing, how he got into politics, and what it was like to serve as President from 2009 to 2017, including his part in the assassination of Osama bin Laden and the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Obama offers a compelling commentary on the state of the American dream, as well as key observations and fresh knowledge about key points in Obama's presidency. While the book's aims are consistency and accuracy, Obama does engage in the occasional writer’s metaphor, giving us lessons on leadership and humanity. Derived from Obama’s retrospection of his own successes and failures, both as a leader and a human being, his memoir teaches us invaluable lessons about idealism and hope. In this insight, you’ll learn about how this book teaches us about the virtues of patience, integrity, and dedication.

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Lesson 1. More Than Just Politics

We know Barack Obama today as the first African American President of the United States. One of the most popular leaders in the world of all times and a Nobel prize recipient, he is also the person who has more Twitter followers than anyone on the planet. Following his nomination in 2008, we all hear about his life. But what events in his life shaped him into the influential leader he is today? We get a profoundly emotional, riveting biography of the former President in his first memoir.

We watch him on his path from becoming an ordinary boy raised by a single mother in Honolulu, Hawaii, to becoming the president. We recognise him as a charismatic and gifted man, but we are shocked to learn about his hardship, self-doubt, and instability, which led to him almost giving up on politics.

Obama emphasises that his goal in writing this book is to have a proper look at his life, not merely a chronological record of significant events. He tells us about what it is like to be the American president; he wants to pull back the curtain a little to remind us that, with all its influence and prominence, the presidency is only just a job. The government is a human enterprise as any other. The men and women who work in the White House go through the same daily mix of satisfaction, dissatisfaction, and oblivion as anyone else.

Lesson 2. We All Need A Sense Of Belonging

Obama looks back on his childhood, remembering with tender love and regret that while he never lacked in family or friends, he could never really fit in anywhere. Due to reasons ranging from casual racism to his quirky mind, he often felt the longing for a purpose and a place in the world.

One would think that someone willing to run for President has a balanced – or, in some instances, toxic – sense of ego. Still, Obama shows that his political aspirations began in a very different location. Despite some sense of entitlement, he writes of feeling like an outsider for a long time. He states that his career in politics began with a quest for a place to blend in. He wanted to find a way to make sense of his mixed roots and identify himself as someone who went from somewhere and nowhere at the same time. He calls himself a mixture of ill-fitting pieces like a "platypus or some imagined beast."

He talks about how he built connections by cultivating awe, altruism, gratitude, and humility.

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Barack Obama was the 44th president of the United States, elected in November 2008 and holding office for two terms. He is the author of three New York Times bestselling books, Dreams from My Father, The Audacity of Hope, and A Promised Land, and is the rec...

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  • Lesson 1. More Than Just Politics
  • Lesson 2. We All Need A Sense Of Belonging
  • Lesson 3. Rising beyond Expectations
  • Lesson 4. Not Throwing Away Your Shot
  • Lesson 5. Vices Make us Human
  • Lesson 6. Stand Up to What you Believe
  • Lesson 7. Power comes with Responsibility-And Regrets
  • Lesson 8. Good Leaders Make Hard Decisions
  • Lesson 9. Don't Beat Yourself Up
  • Lesson 10. Hope is Never Lost
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In the summary of A Promised Land book, there are 10 key lessons. These lessons include:

  1. Lesson 1. More Than Just Politics
  2. Lesson 2. We All Need A Sense Of Belonging
  3. Lesson 3. Rising beyond Expectations
  4. Lesson 4. Not Throwing Away Your Shot
  5. Lesson 5. Vices Make us Human
  6. Lesson 6. Stand Up to What you Believe
  7. Lesson 7. Power comes with Responsibility-And Regrets
  8. Lesson 8. Good Leaders Make Hard Decisions
  9. Lesson 9. Don't Beat Yourself Up
  10. Lesson 10. Hope is Never Lost

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