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May 31, 2021peacebenow rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Pres Obama details his life up to his Re-election campaign. Long but worth it!
May 11, 2021klimekk rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
It's difficult to read, but worth reading Very honest book
May 10, 2021Kidbean rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
Good book, however... he’s not a man of few words.
Apr 20, 2021Chidad rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Loved it! The former president's grace, humor and intelligence leap from every page as he details both his quest for idealism and pragmatic approaches for an equalized American and also the frustrations at dealing with the Republican party…
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Apr 20, 2021JCLIanH rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Barack Obama's portrait of a presidency from a relatively regular man's perspective is enlightening, entertaining, and occasionally dispiriting. It's almost a bit of a cautionary tale, how even with the best intentions the American…
Apr 19, 2021Legend62 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
What a great book. A frank, insider, personal look from Obama on his start in politics up to his presidency. An excellent look at the day to day operations of being a politician. It goes into great details of individual major items and how…
Apr 06, 2021teresaot rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
A surprisingly frank and engaging account of his first term in office. He explains in clear language the historical context for many of the problems or conflicts we see in the world today. He keeps it light by peppering the book with…
Apr 03, 2021writermala rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
This is the story of Barack Obama, the man, his rise to the presidency - yes leader of the free world - and the way he manages the turmoils of this office. Though we know all the incidents President Obama talks about, reading his account…
Mar 27, 2021
NEVER forget Barrack Obama.
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Mar 14, 2021roguerain rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I started #52 on wait list when released I'm down to #10 getting excited.
Feb 28, 2021Memawrayne rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
Excellent! It was very interesting and informative. I like how he enriches the story with personal comments. Loved how he suggested that Michelle wear a cute little hat and carry a purse when they met Queen Elizabeth 11. Michelle's…
Feb 22, 2021JCLCharlesH rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
The first of a two part memoir of his time in office, this book contains President Obama's views on the major events of his early political career. Not a "juicy tell-all" by far, Obama presents clear historical retrospectives for each…
Feb 16, 2021becker rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
If you can't picture yourself reading a presidential memoir, this might be the book that changes that. It is very personal and interesting. Obama is a solid writer and he tells a good story.
Feb 03, 2021alyx_reads rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
While the book is a bit of a grind, I think the most powerful piece is that Mr. Obama is not only a politician but he is a lyrical writer.
Feb 02, 2021lyndasclater rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
A good book - tough to get through in places for example where he is listing all his hires both in his run for president and after he became president - but very interesting (especially bin Laden death). Gives me a great appreciation for…
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Jan 17, 2021Tica77 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
When I started this book, I braced myself for the typical heavy-duty presidential bio (I read Bill Clinton’s book years ago and had to force myself to finish it). Obama’s writing is so good that it reads fairly quickly despite the details…
Jan 15, 2021Green_Giraffe_29 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This was such an interesting book, as Obama reminisces on his childhood, family, and career, from his time as a Senator from Illinois to the beginning of his presidency. So well-written and interesting, especially for readers wanting a…
Jan 14, 2021
What a deep thinker and thoughtful president Barack Obama was. His grasp of economics, foreign affairs, and all the other things a president needs to know was deep and wide. In this book Obama is very measured about his adversaries and…
Jan 13, 2021jimg2000 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
The "skinny guy with a funny name" tells me what he was thinking and doing when growing up, married Michelle Robinson, Malia & Sasha arrived, elected as a US Senator, drama filled presidential primary campaign (announced on Feb 10, 2007;…
Jan 06, 2021maipenrai rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
WOW!!!! If you have a chance to listen to Barak Obama narrate this book, I highly recommend that you do so. After 4 years of political chaos, his voice of reason is a joy to hear!!! I love the fact that he is humble and…
Jan 05, 2021Chapel_Hill_RobynW rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I'm going to be honest: I am not normally a fan of political biographies. That being said, Obama could read out the terms and conditions of my phone plan, and I would find it entertaining and insightful. Like many others, I am thankful…
Jan 03, 2021lilypad_1 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
We were so fortunate to have a dedicated, brilliant, public servant for 8 years and for him to lay bare his thought processes is such a gift. I have read his other books and many books from his former staffers so already knew quite a bit…
Jan 02, 2021Rockermama rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I thoroughly enjoyed this (as an ebook) as far as I could get, about 50% before it was due back. I will wait 'in line' to finish it, whenever that may be. It is worth the wait. He's candid, witty, funny, informative and knows a lot about…
Dec 31, 2020jackhwolf rated this title 2.5 out of 5 stars
As somebody who is a big fan of Barack and very much enjoyed his prior two books, I found this one disappointing. If you are a super policy wonk historian, there is enough detail of the politics of his first four years, to justify going…