ALL tips on Obama's books over the years

If a book can advise a person, then President Barack Obama has let his reading lists recommend us several times. Indeed, years after leaving office, the Internet still loses its collective mind whenever recommendations are made about Obama's books. They are considerate, punctual, different and dynamic. We know that when Barack Obama recommends a book, it is worth giving a look.

With this in mind, we want to take a look at the recommendations on Obama's books over the years. Many thanks to Obama's Master Reading List compiled by the DC Public Library for providing guidance on the books that Obama recommended during his years in office.

Author's note: the 2012 and 2013 recommendations are not disclosed and are not available despite extensive research.

Common asset coverageRecommendations of the book of Obama 2008

Common wealth: economy for a crowded planet (Jeffrey D. Sachs)

Lincoln: the biography of a writer (Fred Kaplan)

The decisive moment: the hundred days of FDR and the triumph of hope (Jonathan Alter)

FDR (Jean Edward Smith)

Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden, from the Soviet invasion on 10 September 2001 (Steve Coll)

Collection of poems, 1948-1984 (Derek Walcott)

Unequal democracy: the political economy of the new golden age (Larry Bartels)

canvas coverAdvice on the Obama book 2009

John Adams (David McCullough)

Warm, flat and crowded (Thomas Friedman)

Catastrophe lessons: McGeorge Bundy and The Path to War in Vietnam (Gordon M. Goldstein)

Good life (Richard Prince)

plainsong (Kent Haruf)

The way home (George Pelecanos)

What is the thing (Dave Eggers)

Holland (Joseph O’Neill)

Trilli Paul Harding CoverRecommendations from the Obama book 2010

Freedom (Jonathan Franzen)

Tinkers (Paul Harding)

Some corrections (Brad Leithauser)

President Reagan: the role of a life (Lou Cannon)

Heat of the cover of other sunsRecommendations on the Obama book 2011

Bayou trilogy: Under the Bright Lights, Muscle for the Wing and The Ones You Do (Daniel Woodrell)

Rodin's novice (Ward Just)

Stone cutting (Abraham Verghese)

At the end of the earth (David Grossman)

The warmth of the other suns: the epic story of the great American migration (Isabel Wilkerson)

Being mortal by Atul GawandeRecommendations of the book of Obama 2014

A constellation of vital phenomena (Anthony Marra)

The narrow road to the deep north (Richard Flanagan)

The monsters who laugh (Denis Johnson)

Nora Webster (Colm Tóibín)

Being mortal: medicine and what counts in the end (Atul Gawande)

Age of Ambition: pursuing fortune, truth and faith in the new China (Evan Osnos)

Between the world and me CoverRecommendations of the book of Obama 2015

All the light we can't see (Anthony Doerr)

The sixth extinction (Elizabeth Kolbert)

The plain (Jhumpa Lahiri)

Between the world and me (Ta-Nehisi Coates)

Washington: a life (Ron Chernow)

The whites (Richard Price)

Purity (Jonathan Franzen)

The problem of the three bodies (Cixin Liu)

The Wright brothers (David McCullough)

Fates and furies (Lauren Groff)

H stands for Hawk CoverAdvice on the book of Obama 2016

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life (William Finnegan)

The underground railway (Colson Whitehead)

H is for Falco (Helen Macdonald)

The train girl (Paula Hawkins)

Seveneves (Neal Stephenson)

Exit West CoverAdvice on the book of Obama 2017

The power (Naomi Alderman)

Grant (Ron Chernow)

Cleared: poverty and profit in the Americans City (Matthew Desmond)

Janesville: an American story (Amy Goldstein)

Exit to the west (Mohsin Hamid)

Five carat soul (James McBride)

Everything is possible (Elizabeth Strout)

To die: a memory (Cory Taylor)

A gentleman in Moscow (Amor Towles)

Sing, Unburied, Sing (Jesmyn Ward)

Wood trainer and me (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)

Basketball (and other things) (Shea Serrano)

Becoming on the cover of Michelle ObamaAdvice on the Obama book 2018

become (Michelle Obama) (He said this was his favorite. All together now: aww.)

An American wedding (Tayari Jones)

Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)

The Broken Ladder: how inequality affects the way we think, live and die (Keith Payne)

Polite (Tara Westover)

Factfulness (Hans Rosling)

Futureface: A Family Mystery, Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging (Alex Wagner)

A grain of wheat (Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o)

A home for Mr. Biswas (V. S. Naipaul)

How democracies die (Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt)

In the shadow of the statues: a white southern faces the story (Mitch Landrieu)

Long way to freedom (Nelson Mandela)

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<p><em>Things did not go well </em>(China Achebe)</p>
<p><em>WarLight </em>(Michael Ondaatje)</p>
<p><em>Because liberalism has failed</em> (Patrick Deneen)</p>
<p><em>The world as it is</em> (Ben Rhodes)</p>
<p><em>American Prison</em> (Shane Bauer)</p>
<p><em>Arthur Ashe: A Life </em>(Raymond Arsenault)</p>
<p><em>Asymmetry</em> (Lisa Halliday)</p>
<p><em>Feel free</em> (Zadie Smith)</p>
<p><em>Florida</em> (Lauren Groff)</p>
<p><em>Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom</em> (David W. Blight)</p>
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<p><em>The greatness of the sea maiden</em> (Denis Johnson)</p>
<p><em>Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence</em> (Max Tegmark)</p>
<p><em>Here she is</em> (Tommy Orange)</p>
<p><em>Washington Black</em> (Esi Edugyan)</p>
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The Nickel Boys (Colson Whitehead)

exhalation (Ted Chiang)

Wolf Hall (Hilary's Cape)

Men without women (Karuki Murakami)

American Spy (Lauren Wilkinson)

The Shallows (Nicholas Carr)

Lab Girl (I hope Jahren)

in the & # 39; hinterland (Téa Obreht)

How to read the air (Dinaw Mengestu)

housekeeper (Stephanie Land)

The moment of the lift (Melinda Gates)

The shadow of Sirius (W. S. Merwin)

Pachinko (Min Jin Lee)

Only Mercy Bryan Stevenson CoverIn February of this year, Obama gave some non-fiction recommendations inspired by the work done by his foundation, My Brother's Keeper. The organization asks Americans to act on behalf of boys and young black men. Therefore, these book tips pay particular attention to the problems of race and equality.

The warmth of the other suns (Isabel Wilkerson)

Stamped from the beginning (Ibram X. Kendi)

Only mercy: a story of justice and redemption (Bryan Stevenson)

A Stone of Hope: A Memoir (Jim St. Germain with Jon Sternfeld)

Fire next time (James Baldwin)

The letter from Birmingham prison (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (David W. Blight)

Recommended for his daughters

The Naked and the Dead (Norman Mailer)

Cent years of solitude (Gabriel García Marquez)

The gold notebook (Doris Lessing)

The Woman Warrior (Maxine Hong Kingston)

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Gilead (Marilynne Robinson)

Gone girl (Gillian Flynn)

Song of Solomon (Toni Morrison)

A curve in the river (V. S. Nipaul)


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For more advice from the Obama family, take a look at our post on Michelle Obama's book tips and The Ultimate Guide to Obama Memoirs and Books.

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