- Barack Obama‘s new memoir, A Promised Land, hits bookshelves on November 17.
- In the 768-page book, the 44th president reflects on his former campaign and time in office.
- It will arrive two years after former First Lady Michelle Obama published her own memoir, Becoming.
Barack Obama’s new memoir will be published on the heels of the 2020 presidential election. The 768-page tome, titled A Promised Land, will arrive November 17.
This will be the first of two volumes covering the former president’s life and career. The initial half will cover his early years in politics and his 2008 presidential campaign, culminating with the death of Osama bin Laden in 2011, per The New York Times. Demand is expected to be high for the new book—three million copies have been ordered for the first printing in the United States.
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“There’s no feeling like finishing a book, and I’m proud of this one,” the former POTUS announced on social media. “I’ve spent the last few years reflecting on my presidency, and in A Promised Land I’ve tried to provide an honest accounting of my presidential campaign and my time in office: the key events and people who shaped it, my take on what I got right and the mistakes I made, and the political, economic, and cultural forces that my team and I had to confront then—and that as a nation we are grappling with still.”
Detailing the “personal journey” he and former First Lady Michelle Obama underwent during that time, the former commander-in-chief will also share his thoughts on healing our divided country and “going forward and make our democracy work for everybody.”
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A Promised Land will arrive two years after Michelle published her own best-selling memoir, Becoming, which detailed her upbringing, time in the White House, and personal life. The Obamas signed book deals in 2017 with publisher Penguin Random House’s imprint, Crown.
“Along with being a fun and informative read,” Barack continued on Instagram, “I hope more than anything that the book inspires young people across the country—and around the globe—to take up the baton, lift up their voices, and play their part in remaking the world for the better.”
Details of the book tour will be released this fall, according to the publisher.
This story originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.