Get ready to learn all about Barack Obama's political rise with his forthcoming memoir, A Promised Land. On Sept. 17, Crown Publishing Group — a subsidiary of Penguin Random House — shared new details about the book, revealing that it will be split into two volumes. The first instalment, which consists of 768 pages to be printed in 25 languages, is set to hit shelves two weeks after the presidential election on Nov. 17. The second volume's release date has not been announced yet.
A Promised Land will detail Barack's life story, highlighting his political endeavours and accomplishments. "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," the former president said in a statement.
Barack added that the novel will delve into his relationship with Michelle during their professional ventures. "In the book, I've also tried to give readers a sense of the personal journey that Michelle and I went through during those years, with all the incredible highs and lows," he said. "And finally, at a time when America is going through such enormous upheaval, the book offers some of my broader thoughts on how we can heal the divisions in our country going forward and make our democracy work for everybody — a task that won't depend on any single president, but on all of us as engaged citizens. Along with being a fun and informative read, I hope more than anything that the book inspires young people across the country — and around the globe — to take up the baton, lift up their voices, and play their part in remaking the world for the better."
The upcoming release is part of a $65 million multibook contract that Barack and Michelle signed with Crown Publishing Group shortly after leaving the White House in 2017. Michelle's bestselling memoir, Becoming, was published under the same deal on Nov. 13, 2018. Barack has previously written three novels: 1995's Dreams From My Father, 2006's The Audacity of Hope, and the 2010 children's book Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters. The audiobook versions of his first two works earned him the Grammy award for spoken word album in 2006 and 2008, respectively. Michelle won the same award in January for Becoming's audiobook.