"AN OVERWHELMINGLY DECENT MAN GIVING AN HONEST ACCOUNT OF HIMSELF": FIRST EDITION OF A PROMISED LAND, BOLDLY SIGNED BY PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA
OBAMA, Barack. A Promised Land. New York: Crown, (2020). Octavo, original silver-stamped gray cloth, original slipcase, original cardboard shipping box. $1400.
First edition, first printing of the much-anticipated first volume of Nobel laureate President Obama's memoir, signed by him on the publisher's tipped-in leaf—"the story will continue in the second volume, but Barack Obama has already illuminated a pivotal moment in American history"—with 32 pages of color and black-and-white illustrations, publisher's deluxe edition with photographic portrait affixed to front panel of original slipcase.
America's 44th president and the fourth president awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Barack Obama also made history as America's first African American president. Named one of the New York Times' "Ten Best Books of 2020," A Promise Land "starts early in his life, charting his initial political campaigns, and ends with a meeting in Kentucky where he is introduced to the SEAL team involved in the Abbottabad raid that killed Osama bin Laden. His focus is more political than personal, but when he does write about his family it is with a beauty close to nostalgia… Obama is as fine a writer as they come. It is not merely that this book avoids being ponderous, as might be expected… but that it is nearly always pleasurable to read, sentence by sentence, the prose gorgeous in places, the detail granular and vivid… He invites the reader inside his head as he ponders life-or-death issues of national security, examining every detail of his decision-making… Here, then, is an overwhelmingly decent man giving an honest account of himself… The story will continue in the second volume, but Barack Obama has already illuminated a pivotal moment in American history" (New York Times). "First Edition" stated on copyright page: publishers' signed deluxe edition containing 32 color and black-and-white illustrations. Original slipcase with black-and-white photographic portrait (3-1/2 by 3-1/4 inches) affixed to front panel; original cardboard shipping box.
A fine signed copy.