Barack Obama List

I read an article on Entertainment Weekly’s website on every book that Barack Obama has recommended during his presidency. I’m a fan of the guy. I’m not an American so I can’t really say if his politics is truly sound but he came across as a man of integrity. And he was a reader! And he advocated reading. Wouldn’t it be great to know what kind of books a world leader such as Pres. Obama would recommend people read? ūüôā This list does not include the list of authors whose works, in general, the former President recommended.

Books for Daughters

  1. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
  2. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  3. The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
  4. The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston

Independent Bookstore Purchases

  1. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  2. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  3. Nora Webster by Colm Toibin
  4. The Laughing Monsters by Denis Johnson
  5. Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos
  6. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Dr. Atul Gawande
  7. Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundell
  8. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
  9. Redwall Series by Brian Jacques
  10. Junie B. Jones Series by Barbara Park
  11. Nuts To You by Lynn Rae Perkins

Summer Reads 2016

  1. Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan
  2. H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
  3. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  4. Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
  5. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Summer Reads 2015

  1. All That Is by James Salter
  2. The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
  3. The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
  4. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  5. Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow
  6. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Childhood Classics

  1. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  2. Of Mice and Men by John Steinback
  3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  4. Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

All Time Favorites

  1. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  2. Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  3. Song Of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  4. Parting The Waters by Taylor Branch
  5. Gilead by Marylinne Robinson
  6. Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam
  7. The Federalist by Alexander Hamilton
  8. Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois
  9. The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
  10. The Quiet American by Graham Greene
  11. Cancer Ward by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  12. Gandhi’s Autobiography
  13. Working by Studs Terkel
  14. Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
  15. Theory of Moral Sentiments by Adam Smith
  16. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren

Excellent Novels and Poetry Collections

  1. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
  2. To the End of the Land by David Grossman
  3. Purity by Jonathan Franzen
  4. A Bend in the River by V. S. Naipau
  5. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
  6. Lush Life by Richard Price
  7. Netherland by Joseph O’Neill
  8. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie
  9. Redeployment by Phil Klay
  10. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  11. Plainsong by Kent Haruf
  12. The Way Home by George Pelecanos
  13. What Is the What by Dave Eggers
  14. Philosophy & Literature by Peter S Thompson
  15. Collected Poems by Derek Walcott
  16. In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
  17. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  18. The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin
  19. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Books About Other Presidents

  1. The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
  2. John Adams by David McCullough
  3. Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer by Fred Kaplan
  4. Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope by Jonathan Alte
  5. FDR by Jean Edward Smith
  6. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  7. The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln

Informative Reads

  1. Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution and How It Can Renew America by Thomas L Friedman
  2. Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 by Steve Coll
  3. Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age by Larry Bartels
  4. The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro

Non-Fiction Titles

  1. Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune by Evan Osnos
  2. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  3. Moral Man And Immoral Society by Reinhold Niebuhr
  4. A Kind And Just Parent by William Ayers
  5. The Post-American World by Fareed Zakaria
  6. Lessons in Disaster by Gordon Goldstein
  7. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
  8. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  9. Andy Grove: The Life and Times of an American by Richard S Tedlow
  10. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo