Former President Barack Obama announces memoir release date

Former President Barack Obama announces memoir release date
The memoir will be released on 17 November, two weeks after the US presidential election. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: Former President Barack Obama has announced the publication date of the first half of his memoir named ‘A Promised Land’.

Mr Obama – the first black president – said the book would “try to provide an honest account of my presidency”.

The memoir is set for release on 17 November, just two weeks after the US presidential election.

Mr Obama won two elections and served as president between 2009 and 2017.

Joe Biden – his vice-president for those two terms – is challenging Republican leader Donald Trump, for the presidency on 3 November.

Mr Obama wrote on Twitter: “There’s no feeling like finishing a book, and I’m proud of this one.”

According to publisher Penguin Random House, the 768-page memoir will be simultaneously issued in 25 languages.

Mr Obama writes about his landmark healthcare reform legislation known as the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, the response to the global financial crisis and the 2011 US raid in Pakistan that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.

The 44th president of the US has written three previous books, including The Audacity of Hope, Dreams From My Father and as well as the children’s book Of Thee I Sing.

His wife, former First Lady and lawyer Michelle Obama, has published her own memoir. Within five months of publication, her book Becoming had sold more than 10 million copies.

The Democratic leader may struggle to outshine his wife, but this would not be the first time spouses have bested presidents. Both Betty Ford and Nancy Reagan’s memoirs outsold their husbands’ works.

President Ronald Reagan however may not have minded as his book, An American Life, was ghost written by the journalist Robert Lindsey.

“I hear it’s a terrific book. One of these days I’m going to read it myself,” at the book’s launch Mr Reagan said.

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