Thursday, July 29, 2021

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Book Recommendation of the Month

The world’s eyes have never been more focused on the American political situation than they are right now. This past month, we have seen just how much influence the words and actions of US presidents can have, for better or for worse. Perhaps this recognition has led you to seek out a deeper understanding of the US presidency, in which case, The Exchange recommends A Promised Land: the autobiography of the 44th President of the United States, Barrack Obama.

Whether you are an initiate or veteran of US politics, A Promised Land is well worth a read. Entertaining and informative, Obama’s autobiography skilfully recounts the story of his career from modest beginnings on Hawaii to the killing of Osama bin Laden during his third year of presidency.

For newcomers, the book provides an all-in-one introduction to US politics and governance. The writing remains accessible throughout as Obama takes care to explain important figures, events, and concepts. More experienced readers will also be glad to gain detailed insight into behind-the stage-works that went into many of Obama’s definitive policies, revisiting familiar names and affairs through his perspective.

Given the dominant position America occupies on the global stage, it seems prudent for the world-ready woman to invest time into learning more about its recent history. As we enter into a new political era, we are presented with a befitting occasion to reflect upon the past and consider how actions of the then present continue to affect us years into the future.

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