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December 2020 ∙ Issue #237

‘A Promised Land: The Presidential Memoirs, Vol. 1’

by Barack Obama




Published by Viking. Hardback, 768 pages.


“Looking back, I sometimes ponder the age-old question of how much difference the particular characteristics of individual leaders make in the sweep of history—whether those of us who rise to power are mere conduits for the deep, relentless currents of the times or whether we’re at least partly the authors of what’s to come…

“The truth is, I’ve never been a big believer in destiny. I worry that it encourages resignation in the down-and-out and complacency among the powerful. I suspect that God’s plan, whatever it is, works on a scale too large to admit our mortal tribulations; that in a single lifetime, accidents and happenstance determine more than we care to admit; and that the best we can do is to try to align ourselves with what we feel is right and construct some meaning out of our confusion, and with grace and nerve play at each moment the hand that we’re dealt.”

— Barack Obama, from ‘A Promised Land’


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elocal Digital Edition – December 2020 (#237)

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December 2020 (#237)