Books | September 17, 2020 9:19 am

Barack Obama Will Publish a New Memoir Right After the Election

"A Promised Land" is the first in a two-volume memoir

Former President Barack Obama
Obama's new memoir will explore the former president's early political career, and the first half of his presidency.
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As foretold earlier this week by Page Six, Barack Obama is publishing a new memoir, and it’s due to hit shelves right after the election.

Official word of the impending publication comes today from the book’s publisher, Penguin Random House. The 768-page book, A Promised Land, will be released worldwide on November 17, appearing in 25 languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Czech, Finnish and Vietnamese.

The first of two volumes, the lengthy tome will detail the former president’s early political life, his 2008 campaign and end with the 2011 death of Osama bin Laden, the New York Times reported.

“There’s no feeling like finishing a book, and I’m proud of this one,” Obama said in a statement. “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.”

Following the massive success of Michelle Obama’s 2018 memoir, Becoming, demand for A Promised Land is expected to be high, with publishers ordering a first printing for the U.S. edition of 3 million copies.

A release date for the second volume of the new memoir has not been announced.

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