On Thursday (Sept. 17), former President Barack Obama announced plans to release his first presidential memoir, as USA Today reports. In the book, Obama recounts his experiences while in the White House and he also addresses what he thinks needs to be done to “heal our divisions.”
The memoir entitled, A Promise Land, is slated for release on Nov. 17 and will cover Obama’s “improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world” and “landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency,” according to the book’s official website.
“There’s no feeling like finishing a book, and I’m proud of this one,” Obama tweeted Thursday morning. “In A Promised Land, I try to provide an honest accounting of my presidency, the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our divisions and make democracy work for everybody.”
Obama’s new memoir will also cover how he assembled his cabinet, dealt with a global financial crisis, his thoughts on Vladimir Putin, passing the Affordable Care Act, and authorizing the mission that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden.
“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,” the description reads. “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.”
A Promised Land is the former president’s fourth book and first since exiting the White House. Barack Obama’s previous titles are Dreams from My Father (1995) and The Audacity of Hope (2006) and 2010’s children’s book Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters.