is a weekly event that was originally hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. This meme is a place that spotlights upcoming releases that we´re eagerly anticipating with pure joy. There are a lot of new books coming out each year and some of them catch my attention and will get a spotlight in my Waiting on Wednesday post. While some of them will finally end up here at my place, others won´t. I am joining Tressa at Wishful Endings and her meme Can´t-Wait Wednesday.

I am not sure if I will buy it or rather borrow it from my library. With almost 40 Euro it is quite an expensive book. No matter if the words inside are from the former President of the US or not. But either way, I am looking forward to this book. He was the first black President and left quite a mark. I know that the world outside the US sees him in a bit different light than the US itself. So I am very curious to read how he reflects on his years in the White House, how that time changed him. I know some pictures he shared with the world after he had left the oval office for good. 

A Promised Land
Author Barack Obama
Publishing Date November 17, 2020
Publisher Penguin Random House
Format Hardcover

In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from a young man searching for his identity to the 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.

And what are you waiting for? Let me know your thoughts about this one or leave me the link to your WoW and I check it out.

Happy reading & waiting on



  1. I confess I don't generally gravitate towards books like this, but being that it is President Obama, I just might. He wasn't perfect by any stretch (are any of us?), but I sure do miss him. I hope you enjoy this when you read it! Have a great week, Vi.

    1. The fact that he was not perfect at all is in my eyes his advantage. He always finds the right words and that is something, the current man in the oval office lacks totally.

  2. I bet this book with fly off the shelves. Such a classy man! I miss him being in office so much!

    1. You could be right with this. We miss him all, that´s for sure. Thank you for your visit.

  3. Oh yes, great pick! I've already pre-ordered my copy.

    1. I have not pre-ordered it yet. It costs a lot of money and so far it is only available in English. So I wait a bit. Kind of playing poker at the moment *smile*


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