A Promised Land: Obama’s memoir spends too much time on the moral high ground

The former US president settles no scores in the first volume of his latest autobiography, which is to its detriment

Barack Obama: the former US president doesn’t even mention Donald Trump until well into the final quarter of the book. Picture: Getty


A Promised Land

By Barack Obama

Random House

Some days are seared in your memory. Even as they unfold, you’re aware history is being made, and being witnessed at close range. Years, even decades later, their vividness is undimmed.

I recall two such days. One was the 9/11 terror attacks on the Twin Towers. The acrid taste of smoke in the throat and grit in the mouth. The sight of thousands of people, covered ...