8 Fascinating Revelations From Barack Obama's New Memoir, A Promised Land

Monica Sisavat

Barack Obama has a new memoir on the way, and it's giving readers an introspective look into the former president's political rise. Titled A Promised Land, the book will be split into two volumes, with the first being released on Nov. 17 and the second to eventually follow.

"I wanted to tell a more personal story that might inspire young people."

"I hoped to give an honest rendering of my time in office - not just a historical record of key events that happened on my watch and important figures with whom I interacted but also an account of some of the political, economic, and cultural crosscurrents that helped determine the challenges my administration faced and the choices my team and I made in response," Obama previously told The Atlantic. "I wanted to tell a more personal story that might inspire young people considering a life of public service: how my career in politics really started with a search for a place to fit in, a way to explain the different strands of my mixed-up heritage, and how it was only by hitching my wagon to something larger than myself that I was ultimately able to locate a community and purpose for my life."

Obama certainly does not hold back as he details everything from how the presidency put a strain on his marriage to Michelle to how he believes the 2008 election played a role in Donald Trump's rise. Ahead of the book's release, keep reading for some of the biggest revelations in the memoir.

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