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Barack Obama - Author

About the Author

Barack Obama was born in Honolulu in 1961. In his early twenties he found his vocation working among poor communities on the south side of Chicago. Later he went to law school at Harvard University, where he became the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. In 1995 he published his memoir Dreams from My Father, which became a bestseller soon after it was reissued in 2004. After returning to Chicago, he was elected to the Illinois State Senate in 1996.

Barack Obama delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, and later that year he was elected to the US Senate. His second book, The Audacity of Hope, was published in 2006 and became an immediate bestseller. In November 2008 Senator Obama beat John McCain to become the 44th President of the United States of America. He is married to Michelle, with whom he has two daughters, Sasha and Malia.

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A Promised Land

A Promised Land

Author: Barack Obama Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 24/11/2020

A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making-from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy 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.

Barack Obama Speeches

Barack Obama Speeches

Author: Barack Obama, Ken Mondschein Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/11/2020

Of Thee I Sing

Of Thee I Sing

Author: Barack Obama Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/11/2018

An inspirational picture book for young readers from former President of the United States, Barack Obama. In this tender, beautiful letter to his daughters, former President Barack Obama has written a moving tribute to the ideals that have shaped his nation and thirteen groundbreaking Americans, including: The artistry of Georgia O'Keefe The courage of Jackie Robinson The patriotism of George Washington Barack Obama sees the traits of these heroes within his own children and within all children. Evocative illustrations by the award-winning artist Loren Long at once capture the personalities and achievements of these great Americans, and the innocence and promise of childhood. This book celebrates the potential within all of us to pursue our dreams and forge our own paths.

Farewell Speeches

Farewell Speeches

Author: Barack Obama, Michelle Obama Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/03/2017

Audacity

Audacity

Author: Barack Obama Format: eBook Release Date: 02/03/2017

We did not come to fear the future. We came here to shape it.---Barack Obama Few political careers and presidencies have been more defined by speeches than Barack Obama's. This book is a collection of Barack Obamas most Influential speeches that span Obama' political career --from his time as senator through to the end of his tenure as president giving an in-depth look into his views on everything from the economy, race, religion, foreign policy (diplomacy and war), healthcare, gun violence, political discourse, and the trajectory of America (historical and looking forward). Obama's best oratory is beautifully written, meticulously crafted and theatrically delivered. It is a record of Americans fears, flaws, shortcomings and accomplishments.

Obama's Legacy - Yes We Can, Yes We Did

Obama's Legacy - Yes We Can, Yes We Did

Author: Barack Obama, U.S. Government, White House Format: eBook Release Date: 17/02/2017

During his years in office, from 2009 to 2017, Barack Obama signed more landmark legislation than any Democratic president since Lyndon Baines Johnson. This collection presents the legacy of Barack Obama through his presidential work and the legislation of his administration. The edition honors his achievements, the determined efforts despite the resistance and his long lasting influence: Table of Contents: Inaugural SpeechesFirst Inaugural Address (2009)Second Inaugural Address (2013)Main AccomplishmentsHealth CareClimate and EnergyAmerican LeadershipEconomic ProgressEquality & Social ProgressExecutive OrdersPresidential Records Review and Disposition of Individuals Detained at the GuantanamoBayNavalBase andClosure ofDetentionFacilities Review of Detention Policy Options Ensuring Enforcement and Implementation ofAbortionRestrictions inthePatientProtectionandAffordableCareActStrengthening Protections Against Trafficking in Persons in Federal ContractsFair Pay and Safe WorkplacesPlanning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade Implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States for 2015-2020Delegation of Certain Authorities and Assignment of Certain Functions Under the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015Amendment to Executive Order 13673Developing an Integrated Global Engagement Center To Support Government-wide Counterterrorism Communications Activities Directed Abroad and Revoking Executive Order 13584International Agreements & TreatiesNew STARTParis AgreementFarwell Address

Dreams From My Father

Dreams From My Father

Author: Barack Obama Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2016

An international bestseller which has sold over a million copies in the UK, Dreams From My Father is a refreshing, revealing portrait of a young man asking big questions about identity and belonging. The son of a Black African father and a white American mother, Barack Obama recounts an emotional odyssey, retracing the migration of his mother's family from Kansas to Hawai'i, then to his childhood home in Indonesia. Finally he travels to Kenya, where he confronts the bitter truth of his father's life and at last reconciles his divided inheritance. Written nearly fifteen years before becoming president, Dreams from My Father is an unforgettable read. It illuminates not only Obama's journey, but also our universal desire to understand our history and what makes us who we are.

What Is Best in America

What Is Best in America

Author: Barack Obama Format: eBook Release Date: 28/01/2011

On January 8, 2011 a gunman opened fire in the parking lot of a Tucson, Arizona supermarket, where U. S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords was holding an opening meeting with her constituents. Nineteen people were wounded, and six people died. Four days later, at a memorial service at the McKale Memorial Center at the University of Arizona, President Obama gave a speech that remembered those who had died, gave thanks to the heroes of that day, and called upon Americans to strive to be better, more humble, always honest and kind-- to live up to the example of those who died, and to the promise of America. President Obama's speech in Tucson was a landmark call for unity, and a reflection of all that is best in America.

Of Thee I Sing

Of Thee I Sing

Author: Barack Obama Format: eBook Release Date: 16/11/2010

Former president Barack Obama delivers a tender, beautiful letter to his daughters in this picture book illustrated by the award-winning Loren Long (Otis) that's made to be treasured! In this tender, beautiful letter to his daughters, President 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, President 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.

Words That Changed A Nation

Words That Changed A Nation

Author: Barack Obama Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/04/2009

Change We Can Believe In

Change We Can Believe In

Author: Barack Obama Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/03/2009

The election of Barack Obama as President of the United States was a defining moment in American history. After years of failed policies, Barack Obama was given the chance to reclaim the American dream. He proved himself to be a new kind of leader - one who could bring people together, be honest about the challenges we all face and move his nation forward. Change We Can Believe In outlines his vision for America and its standing in the world.

The Plan

The Plan

Author: Barack Obama Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/03/2009

Words on a Journey

Words on a Journey

Author: Barack Obama Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/12/2008

Barack Obama's Speech on Race

Barack Obama's Speech on Race

Author: Barack Obama Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/09/2008

The Audacity of Hope

The Audacity of Hope

Author: Barack Obama Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/07/2008

Barack Obama's success in becoming President-Elect of the United States means he will dramatically change the face that his country presents to the world. In this bestselling book Obama discusses the importance of empathy in politics, his hopes for a different America with different policies, and how the ideals of its democracy can be renewed. With intimacy and self-deprecating humour, Obama describes his experiences as a politician, about balancing his family life and his public vocation. His search for consensus and his respect for the democratic process inform every sentence. A senator and a lawyer, a professor and a father,a Christian and a sceptic, Barack Obama has written a book of transforming power that will inspire people the world over.

Dreams From My Father

Dreams From My Father

Author: Barack Obama Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2008

The son of a black African father and a white American mother, Obama was only two years old when his father walked out on the family. Many years later, Obama receives a phone call from Nairobi: his father is dead. This sudden news inspires an emotional odyssey for Obama, determined to learn the truth of his father's life and reconcile his divided inheritance. Written at the age of thirty-three, Dreams from my Father is an unforgettable read. it illuminates not only Obama's journey, but also our universal desire to understand our history, and what makes us the people we are.

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