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About Barack Obama
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 recipient of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Michelle. They have two daughters, Malia and Sasha.
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In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency—a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.
Obama takes readers on a compelling journey from his earliest political aspirations to the pivotal Iowa caucus victory that demonstrated the power of grassroots activism to the watershed night of November 4, 2008, when he was elected 44th president of the United States, becoming the first African American to hold the nation’s highest office.
Reflecting on the presidency, he offers a unique and thoughtful exploration of both the awesome reach and the limits of presidential power, as well as singular insights into the dynamics of U.S. partisan politics and international diplomacy. Obama brings readers inside the Oval Office and the White House Situation Room, and to Moscow, Cairo, Beijing, and points beyond. We are privy to his thoughts as he assembles his cabinet, wrestles with a global financial crisis, takes the measure of Vladimir Putin, overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds to secure passage of the Affordable Care Act, clashes with generals about U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, tackles Wall Street reform, responds to the devastating Deepwater Horizon blowout, and authorizes Operation Neptune’s Spear, which leads to the death of Osama bin Laden.
A Promised Land is extraordinarily intimate and introspective—the story of one man’s bet with history, the faith of a community organizer tested on the world stage. 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. 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.
This beautifully written and powerful book captures Barack Obama’s conviction that democracy is not a gift from on high but something founded on empathy and common understanding and built together, day by day.
Renegades: Born in the USA is a candid, revealing, and entertaining dialogue between President Barack Obama and legendary musician Bruce Springsteen that explores everything from their origin stories and career-defining moments to our country’s polarized politics and the growing distance between the American Dream and the American reality. Filled with full-color photographs and rare archival material, it is a compelling and beautifully illustrated portrait of two outsiders—one Black and one white—looking for a way to connect their unconventional searches for meaning, identity, and community with the American story itself. It includes:
• Original introductions by President Obama and Bruce Springsteen
• Exclusive new material from the Renegades podcast recording sessions
• Obama’s never-before-seen annotated speeches, including his “Remarks at the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Marches”
• Springsteen’s handwritten lyrics for songs spanning his 50-year-long career
• Rare and exclusive photographs from the authors’ personal archives
• Historical photographs and documents that provide rich visual context for their conversation
In a recording studio stocked with dozens of guitars, and on at least one Corvette ride, Obama and Springsteen discuss marriage and fatherhood, race and masculinity, the lure of the open road and the call back to home. They also compare notes on their favorite protest songs, the most inspiring American heroes of all time, and more. Along the way, they reveal their passion for—and the occasional toll of—telling a bigger, truer story about America throughout their careers, and explore how our fractured country might begin to find its way back toward unity and global leadership.
In this iconic memoir of his early days, Barack Obama “guides us straight to the intersection of the most serious questions of identity, class, and race” (The Washington Post Book World).
“Quite extraordinary.”—Toni Morrison
In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father—a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man—has been killed in a car accident. This sudden death inspires an emotional odyssey—first to a small town in Kansas, from which he retraces the migration of his mother’s family to Hawaii, and then to Kenya, where he meets the African side of his family, confronts the bitter truth of his father’s life, and at last reconciles his divided inheritance.
Praise for Dreams from My Father
“Beautifully crafted . . . moving and candid . . . This book belongs on the shelf beside works like James McBride’s The Color of Water and Gregory Howard Williams’s Life on the Color Line as a tale of living astride America’s racial categories.”—Scott Turow
“Provocative . . . Persuasively describes the phenomenon of belonging to two different worlds, and thus belonging to neither.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Obama’s writing is incisive yet forgiving. This is a book worth savoring.”—Alex Kotlowitz, author of There Are No Children Here
“One of the most powerful books of self-discovery I’ve ever read, all the more so for its illuminating insights into the problems not only of race, class, and color, but of culture and ethnicity. It is also beautifully written, skillfully layered, and paced like a good novel.”—Charlayne Hunter-Gault, author of In My Place
“Dreams from My Father is an exquisite, sensitive study of this wonderful young author’s journey into adulthood, his search for community and his place in it, his quest for an understanding of his roots, and his discovery of the poetry of human life. Perceptive and wise, this book will tell you something about yourself whether you are black or white.”—Marian Wright Edelman
Un relato cautivador y personal de la historia según se va forjando, del presidente que nos ha inspirado a creer en el poder de la democracia.
En este extraordinario primer volumen de sus esperadas memorias presidenciales, Barack Obama narra la historia de su sorprendente evolución de ser un joven en busca de su identidad a convertirse en líder del mundo occidental, describiendo con increíble detalle tanto su formación política como los momentos cumbre del primer período de su histórica presidencia, una época de una gran conmoción y de profunda transformación.
Obama invita a sus lectores a un viaje cautivador que va desde sus más tempranas aspiraciones políticas, pasando por la decisiva victoria de Iowa que demostró el poder del activismo comunitario, hasta la emotiva noche del 4 de noviembre de 2008, cuando fue elegido el presidente número 44 de los Estados Unidos, convirtiéndose en el primer afroamericano en ocupar el más alto cargo de la nación.
El autor reflexiona sobre la presidencia ofreciendo un análisis único y profundo tanto del alcance como de los límites que tiene el poder presidencial, y brinda una visión singular sobre el funcionamiento de la política bipartidista de los Estados Unidos y la diplomacia internacional. Obama lleva a los lectores al interior de la Oficina Oval y de la Sala de Crisis de la Casa Blanca, a Moscú, Cairo, y Beijing, entre otros lugares. Somos espectadores de su pensamiento mientras compone su gabinete, lidia con una crisis financiera global, mide a Vladimir Putin, vence obstáculos aparentemente insuperables para lograr la aprobación del Affordable Care Act, se enfrenta a generales sobre la estrategia de Estados Unidos en Afganistán, aborda la reforma de Wall Street, responde al devastador derrame de petróleo de Deepwater Horizon, y autoriza la Operación Neptune Spear que termina con la muerte de Osama bin Laden.
Una tierra prometida es excepcionalmente íntimo y reflexivo, narra la apuesta de un hombre con la historia, la fe de un organizador comunitario puesto a prueba ante el mundo. Obama expone el difícil equilibrio entre hacer campaña política como afroamericano -cargando con las expectativas de una generación ilusionada por ideales como «esperanza y cambio»- y enfrentar el desafío moral de tomar decisiones de gran trascendencia. Obama habla con franqueza de la fuerte oposición que sufrió tanto en su país como en el extranjero, revela cómo la vida en la Casa Blanca afectó a su esposa y a sus hijas, y no teme confesar sus inseguridades ni decepciones. Sin embargo, nunca duda de su convicción de que, dentro del gran experimento americano, el progreso siempre es posible.
Este libro escrito magistralmente refleja la convicción de Barack Obama de que la democracia no es un regalo divino, sino algo cimentado en la empatía y el común acuerdo, que construimos juntos día a día.
«Barack Obama esun gran escritor. [...] es placentero leer, frase por frase, la prosa magnífica sobre los lugares, el detalle granular y vívido.»
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The New York Times
«Son las memorias presidenciales más esperadas, tanto o más por la calidad de la escritura que por cualquier posible revelación. Obama ha sido llamado el presidente más literario desde Abraham Lincoln.
“In our lowdown, dispiriting era, Obama’s talent for proposing humane, sensible solutions with uplifting, elegant prose does fill one with hope.”—Michael Kazin, The Washington Post
In July 2004, four years before his presidency, Barack Obama electrified the Democratic National Convention with an address that spoke to Americans across the political spectrum. One phrase in particular anchored itself in listeners’ minds, a reminder that for all the discord and struggle to be found in our history as a nation, we have always been guided by a dogged optimism in the future, or what Obama called “the audacity of hope.”
The Audacity of Hope is Barack Obama’s call for a different brand of politics—a politics for those weary of bitter partisanship and alienated by the “endless clash of armies” we see in congress and on the campaign trail; a politics rooted in the faith, inclusiveness, and nobility of spirit at the heart of “our improbable experiment in democracy.” He explores those forces—from the fear of losing to the perpetual need to raise money to the power of the media—that can stifle even the best-intentioned politician. He also writes, with surprising intimacy and self-deprecating humor, about settling in as a senator, seeking to balance the demands of public service and family life, and his own deepening religious commitment.
At the heart of this book is Barack Obama’s vision of how we can move beyond our divisions to tackle concrete problems. He examines the growing economic insecurity of American families, the racial and religious tensions within the body politic, and the transnational threats—from terrorism to pandemic—that gather beyond our shores. And he grapples with the role that faith plays in a democracy—where it is vital and where it must never intrude. Underlying his stories is a vigorous search for connection: the foundation for a radically hopeful political consensus.
Only by returning to the principles that gave birth to our Constitution, Obama says, can Americans repair a political process that is broken, and restore to working order a government that has fallen dangerously out of touch with millions of ordinary Americans. Those Americans are out there, he writes—“waiting for Republicans and Democrats to catch up with them.”
In this poignant letter to his daughters, Barack Obama has written a moving tribute to thirteen groundbreaking Americans and the ideals that have shaped our nation. From the artistry of Georgia O'Keeffe, to the courage of Jackie Robinson, to the patriotism of George Washington, Obama sees the traits of these heroes within his own children, and within all of America’s children.
Breathtaking, evocative illustrations by award-winning artist Loren Long at once capture the personalities and achievements of these great Americans and the innocence and promise of childhood.
This beautiful book celebrates the characteristics that unite all Americans, from our nation’s founders to generations to come. It is about the potential within each of us to pursue our dreams and forge our own paths. It is a treasure to cherish with your family forever.
During Barack Obama's two terms, Pete Souza was with the President during more crucial moments than anyone else -- and he photographed them all. Souza captured nearly two million photographs of President Obama, in moments highly classified and disarmingly candid. Obama: An Intimate Portrait reproduces more than 300 of Souza's most iconic photographs with fine-art print quality in an oversize collectible format.
Together they document the most consequential hours of the Presidency -- including the historic image of President Obama and his advisors in the Situation Room during the bin Laden mission -- alongside unguarded moments with the President's family, his encounters with children, interactions with world leaders and cultural figures, and more.
Souza's photographs, with the behind-the-scenes captions and stories that accompany them, communicate the pace and power of our nation's highest office. They also reveal the spirit of the extraordinary man who became our President. We see President Obama lead our nation through monumental challenges, comfort us in calamity and loss, share in hard-won victories, and set a singular example to "be kind and be useful," as he would instruct his daughters.
This book puts you in the White House with President Obama, and is a treasured record of a landmark era in American history.
A revealing portrait of a young Black man asking questions about self-discovery and belonging—long before he became one of the most important voices in America. This unique edition includes a new introduction from the author, full-color photo insert, and family tree.
The son of a white American mother and a Black Kenyan father, Obama was born in Hawaii, where he lived until he was six years old, when he moved with his mother and stepfather to Indonesia. At twelve, he returned to Hawaii to live with his grandparents. Obama brings readers along as he faces the challenges of high school and college, living in New York, becoming a community organizer in Chicago, and traveling to Kenya. Through these experiences, he forms an enduring commitment to leadership and justice. Told through the lens of his relationships with his family—the mother and grandparents who raised him, the father he knows more as a myth than as a man, and the extended family in Kenya he meets for the first time—Obama confronts the complicated truth of his father’s life and legacy and comes to embrace his divided heritage.
On his journey to adulthood from a humble background, he forges his own path through trial and error while staying connected to his roots. Barack Obama is determined to lead a life of purpose, service, and authenticity. This powerful memoir will inspire readers to examine both where they come from and where they are capable of going.
En estas memorias líricas y absorbentes, publicadas originalmente en 1995, el hijo de un africano negro y una estadounidense blanca busca su camino como afroamericano.
Las memorias que Obama relata en Los sueños de mi padre comienzan en Nueva York, donde se entera de que su padre ha fallecido en un accidente automovilístico. La inesperada noticia provoca en él un viaje físico y emocional que lo lleva de Kansas a Hawái y más tarde a Kenia, en una emotiva odisea que le permitirá conocer realmente a su familia, la amarga verdad de la vida de su padre y conciliar al fin las distintas partes de su fragmentada herencia.
«Provocador... Describe convincentemente el hecho de pertenecer a dos mundos diferentes y, por tanto, de no pertenecer a ninguno.»
New York Times Book Review
«De una manera fluida, tranquila y perceptiva, Obama nos guía directamente al sitio donde se cruzan los interrogantes más serios sobre identidad, clase y raza.»
Washington Post Book World
Corriere della Sera
«Un memoir attesissimo. Tutto quello che avremmo voluto sapere su Obama. »
la Repubblica - Anna Lombardi
«Barack Obama racconta se stesso, da giovane alla ricerca di un'identità a primo presidente USA afroamericano, fra giudizi su altri leader, sfide affrontate, vita privata. »
La Gazzetta dello Sport
«La narrazione dell’ex presidente degli USA è densa di riflessioni politiche ma anche di notazioni umane. »
Corriere della Sera - Massimo Gaggi
«Barack Obama è uno scrittore eccellente.»
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
«Questo memoir è l’America, nella sua essenza più profonda.»
Domani - Igiaba Scego
«Obama si mette a nudo, rivela dubbi e paure, riflette sui limiti del potere, sull'importanza di essere ancora in prima linea perché ovunque vincano democrazia, tolleranza, rispetto e progresso.»
«Destinato a diventare il mémoir presidenziale di maggior successo nella storia americana. »
Grazia - Maria Teresa Cometto
Un appassionante e personalissimo racconto in presa diretta del presidente che ci ha ispirato a credere nel potere della democrazia.
In questo libro attesissimo, Barack Obama racconta in prima persona la storia della propria incredibile odissea, da giovane alla ricerca di un’identità a leader del mondo libero, e descrive con sorprendente ricchezza di particolari la propria educazione politica e i momenti decisivi del primo mandato della sua storica presidenza, un periodo di profonde trasformazioni e sconvolgimenti.
Obama accompagna i lettori attraverso un appassionante viaggio, dalle prime aspirazioni politiche fino alla decisiva vittoria nel caucus dell’Iowa – che ha dimostrato la forza dell’attivismo civile di base – e alla memorabile notte del 4 novembre 2008, quando è stato eletto 44° presidente degli Stati Uniti, diventando il primo afroamericano a ricoprire la più alta carica della nazione.
Riflettendo sulla presidenza, Obama propone una profonda e inedita esplorazione delle straordinarie possibilità ma anche dei limiti del potere, e apre per la prima volta nuovi scorci sulle dinamiche del conflitto politico americano e della diplomazia internazionale. Obama conduce i lettori fin dentro lo Studio Ovale, la Situation Room della Casa Bianca, e poi Mosca, Il Cairo, Pechino, e oltre. I lettori scopriranno ciò che Obama pensava mentre nominava i suoi ministri, affrontava la crisi finanziaria globale, si confrontava con Vladimir Putin, superava difficoltà all’apparenza insormontabili per ottenere l’approvazione della sua riforma sanitaria, si scontrava con i generali sulla strategia militare degli Stati Uniti in Afghanistan, intraprendeva la riforma di Wall Street, rispondeva al disastro ambientale della piattaforma petrolifera Deepwater Horizon, e autorizzava l’operazione Neptune’s Spear, che ha portato alla morte di Osama bin
Table of Contents:
First Inaugural Address (2009)
Second Inaugural Address (2013)
Climate and Energy
Equality & Social Progress
Review and Disposition of Individuals Detained at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and Closure of Detention Facilities
Review of Detention Policy Options
Ensuring Enforcement and Implementation of Abortion Restrictions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Strengthening Protections Against Trafficking in Persons in Federal Contracts
Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces
Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade
Implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States for 2015-2020
Delegation of Certain Authorities and Assignment of Certain Functions Under the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015
Amendment to Executive Order 13673
Developing an Integrated Global Engagement Center To Support Government-wide Counterterrorism Communications Activities Directed Abroad and Revoking Executive Order 13584
International Agreements & Treaties