Barack Obama

100 Barack Obama Recommended Books

Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States and the first African-American to hold the office. He was born in Hawaii in 1961 and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii. He attended Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude. Obama served in the Illinois State Senate from 1997 to 2004 and was elected to the US Senate in 2004.

100 Books recommended by Barack Obama

Basketball

Basketball

A Collection of Questions Asked, Answered, Illustrated

Author :Shea Serrano

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2017 list. [Source]

The Broken Ladder

The Broken Ladder

How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die

Author :Keith Payne

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2018 list. [Source]

The Lowland

The Lowland

Author :Jhumpa Lahiri

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Barack Obama's "2016 Summer Reading List." [Source]

Educated

Educated

A Memoir

Author :Tara Westover

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"A remarkable memoir of a young woman raised in a survivalist family in Idaho." - Barack Obama [Source]

Maid

Maid

Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive

Author :Stephanie Land

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2019 list. [Source]

The Orphan Master's Son

The Orphan Master's Son

A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)

Author :Adam Johnson

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2019 list. [Source]

How to Read the Air

How to Read the Air

Author :Dinaw Mengestu

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2019 list. [Source]

Finding My Voice

Finding My Voice

My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward

Author :Valerie Jarrett

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2019 list. [Source]

All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See

A Novel

Author :Anthony Doerr

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Barack Obama's "2016 Summer Reading List." [Source]

The Yellow House

The Yellow House

A Memoir

Author :Sarah M. Broom

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2019 list. [Source]

The Anarchy

The Anarchy

The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire

Author :William Dalrymple

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2019 list. [Source]

Parting the Waters

Parting the Waters

America in the King Years 1954-63

Author :Taylor Branch

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On the "favorite books" section of Barack Obama's Facebook profile. [Source]

Men Without Women

Men Without Women

Stories

Author :Haruki Murakami

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2019 list. [Source]

Seveneves

Seveneves

A Novel

Author :Neal Stephenson

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Barack Obama's "2016 Summer Reading List." [Source]

Normal People

Normal People

A Novel

Author :Sally Rooney

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2019 list. [Source]

The Education of an Idealist

The Education of an Idealist

A Memoir

Author :Samantha Power

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2019 list. [Source]

We Live in Water

We Live in Water

Stories

Author :Jess Walter

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2019 list. [Source]

An American Marriage

An American Marriage

A Novel

Author :Tayari Jones

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"A moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African-American couple." - Barack Obama [Source]

Speed & Scale

Speed & Scale

An Action Plan for Solving Our Climate Crisis Now

Author :John Doerr

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"If you care about climate change, [this book] offers concrete steps that we can all take to make a difference." - Barack Obama [Source]

Five-Carat Soul

Five-Carat Soul

Author :James McBride

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2017 list. [Source]

The Shadow of Sirius

The Shadow of Sirius

Author :W.S. Merwin

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2019 list. [Source]

Lost Children Archive

Lost Children Archive

A Novel

Author :Valeria Luiselli

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2019 list. [Source]

American Prison

American Prison

A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment

Author :Shane Bauer

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2018 list. [Source]

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

Selected Speeches and Writings

Author :Abraham Lincoln

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On the "favorite books" section of Barack Obama's Facebook profile. [Source]

H Is for Hawk

H Is for Hawk

Author :Helen Macdonald

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Barack Obama's "2016 Summer Reading List." [Source]

Warlight

Warlight

A Novel

Author :Michael Ondaatje

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"A meditation on the lingering effects of war on family." - Barack Obama [Source]

Furious Hours

Furious Hours

Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

Author :Casey Cep

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2019 list. [Source]

The Nickel Boys

The Nickel Boys

A Novel

Author :Colson Whitehead

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The Source of Self-Regard

The Source of Self-Regard

Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations

Author :Toni Morrison

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2019 list. [Source]

Becoming

Becoming

Author :Michelle Obama

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"Obviously my favorite [book of 2018]!" - Barack Obama [Source]

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee

Native America from 1890 to the Present

Author :David Treuer

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2019 list. [Source]

Trust Exercise

Trust Exercise

Author :Susan Choi

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Futureface

Futureface

A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging

Author :Alex Wagner

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"A thoughtful, beautiful meditation on what makes us who we are." - Barack Obama [Source]

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power

Author :Shoshana Zuboff

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There There

There There

A Novel

Author :Tommy Orange

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Florida

Florida

Author :Lauren Groff

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2018 list. [Source]

A Grain of Wheat

A Grain of Wheat

Author :Ngugi wa Thiong'o

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The Topeka School

The Topeka School

Author :Ben Lerner

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A Different Way to Win

A Different Way to Win

Dan Rooney's Story from the Super Bowl to the Rooney Rule

Author :Jim Rooney

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Exit West

Exit West

A Novel

Author :Mohsin Hamid

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Self Reliance

Self Reliance

Author :Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The Largesse of the Sea Maiden

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden

Stories

Author :Denis Johnson

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Life 3.0

Life 3.0

Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Author :Max Tegmark

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The Oxford Shakespeare

The Oxford Shakespeare

The Complete Works

Author :William Shakespeare

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On the "favorite books" section of Barack Obama's Facebook profile. [Source]

The Shallows

The Shallows

What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

Author :Nicholas Carr

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Janesville

Janesville

An American Story

Author :Amy Goldstein

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Say Nothing

Say Nothing

A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland

Author :Patrick Radden Keefe

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The New Geography of Jobs

The New Geography of Jobs

Author :Enrico Moretti

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"Still a timely and smart discussion of how different cities and regions have made a changing economy work for them." - Barack Obama [Source]

Sing, Unburied, Sing

Sing, Unburied, Sing

A Novel

Author :Jesmyn Ward

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2017 list. [Source]

Coach Wooden and Me

Coach Wooden and Me

Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court

Author :Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2017 list. [Source]

Barbarian Days

Barbarian Days

A Surfing Life

Author :William Finnegan

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Barack Obama's "2016 Summer Reading List." [Source]

Americanah

Americanah

Author :Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2018 list. [Source]

Trick Mirror

Trick Mirror

Reflections on Self-Delusion

Author :Jia Tolentino

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Heartland

Heartland

A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth

Author :Sarah Smarsh

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Long Walk to Freedom

Long Walk to Freedom

The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

Author :Nelson Mandela

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Washington Black

Washington Black

Author :Esi Edugyan

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Dying

Dying

A Memoir

Author :Cory Taylor

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Pachinko

Pachinko

Author :Min Jin Lee

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2019 list. [Source]

Truth Decay

Truth Decay

An Initial Exploration of the Diminishing Role of Facts and Analysis in American Public Life

Author :Michael D. Rich

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"A look at how a selective sorting of facts and evidence isn’t just dishonest, but self-defeating to a society that has always worked best when reasoned debate and practical problem-solving thrive." - Barack Obama [Source]

Lot

Lot

Stories

Author :Bryan Washington

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American Spy

American Spy

A Novel

Author :Lauren Wilkinson

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Inland

Inland

Author :Téa Obreht

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The Warmth of Other Suns

The Warmth of Other Suns

The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

Author :Isabel Wilkerson

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Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall

Author :Hilary Mantel

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2019 list. [Source]

The Moment of Lift

The Moment of Lift

How Empowering Women Changes the World

Author :Melinda Gates

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"Melinda tells the stories of the inspiring people she’s met through her work all over the world, digs into the data, and powerfully illustrates issues that need our attention." - Barack Obama [Source]

Feel Free

Feel Free

Essays

Author :Zadie Smith

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Solitary

Solitary

Author :Albert Woodfox

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2019 list. [Source]

Evicted

Evicted

Poverty and Profit in the American City

Author :Matthew Desmond

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The Word Collector

The Word Collector

Author :Peter H. Reynolds

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"A fun book that vividly illustrates the transformative power of words." - Barack Obama [Source]

Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe

A Life

Author :Raymond Arsenault

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2018 list. [Source]

The Sixth Extinction

The Sixth Extinction

An Unnatural History

Author :Elizabeth Kolbert

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Barack Obama's "2016 Summer Reading List." [Source]

Grant

Grant

Author :Ron Chernow

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2017 list. [Source]

Moby Dick

Moby Dick

Author :Herman Melville

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On the "favorite books" section of Barack Obama's Facebook profile. [Source]

Girl, Woman, Other

Girl, Woman, Other

Author :Bernardine Evaristo

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2019 list. [Source]

The World as It Is

The World as It Is

A Memoir of the Obama White House

Author :Ben Rhodes

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2018 list. [Source]

Tough Love

Tough Love

My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For

Author :Susan Rice

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2019 list. [Source]

Lab Girl

Lab Girl

Author :Hope Jahren

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2019 list. [Source]

Immigrant, Montana

Immigrant, Montana

A Novel

Author :Amitava Kumar

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2018 list. [Source]

Washington

Washington

A Life

Author :Ron Chernow

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Barack Obama's "2016 Summer Reading List." [Source]

How Democracies Die

How Democracies Die

Author :Steven Levitsky

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2018 list. [Source]

Exhalation

Exhalation

Stories

Author :Ted Chiang

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2019 list. [Source]

The Power

The Power

Author :Naomi Alderman

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2017 list. [Source]

The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train

Author :Paula Hawkins

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Barack Obama's "2016 Summer Reading List." [Source]

Factfulness

Factfulness

Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World - and Why Things Are Better Than You Think

Author :Hans Rosling

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"A hopeful book about the potential for human progress when we work off facts rather than our inherent biases." - Barack Obama [Source]

Between the World and Me

Between the World and Me

Author :Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Barack Obama's "2016 Summer Reading List." [Source]

A House for Mr Biswas

A House for Mr Biswas

A Novel

Author :V. S. Naipaul

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"Great novel about growing up in Trinidad and the challenge of post-colonial identity." - Barack Obama [Source]

Anything Is Possible

Anything Is Possible

Amgash, Book 2

Author :Elizabeth Strout

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2017 list. [Source]

Asymmetry

Asymmetry

A Novel

Author :Lisa Halliday

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2018 list. [Source]

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

Prophet of Freedom

Author :David W. Blight

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2018 list. [Source]

The Sixth Man

The Sixth Man

A Memoir

Author :Andre Iguodala

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2019 list. [Source]

Song of Solomon

Song of Solomon

Author :Toni Morrison

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On the "favorite books" section of Barack Obama's Facebook profile. [Source]

Gilead

Gilead

Gilead, Book 1

Author :Marilynne Robinson

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On the "favorite books" section of Barack Obama's Facebook profile. [Source]

A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow

A Novel

Author :Amor Towles

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2017 list. [Source]

In the Shadow of Statues

In the Shadow of Statues

A White Southerner Confronts History

Author :Mitch Landrieu

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"An ultimately optimistic take from someone who believes the South will rise again not by reasserting the past, but by transcending it." - Barack Obama [Source]

The Return

The Return

Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between

Author :Hisham Matar

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2018 list. [Source]

Things Fall Apart

Things Fall Apart

African Trilogy, Book 1

Author :Chinua Achebe

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2018 list. [Source]

The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad

A Novel

Author :Colson Whitehead

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Barack Obama's "2016 Summer Reading List." [Source]

Why Liberalism Failed

Why Liberalism Failed

Author :Patrick J. Deneen

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"Offers cogent insights into the loss of meaning and community that many in the West feel." - Barack Obama [Source]

How to Do Nothing

How to Do Nothing

Resisting the Attention Economy

Author :Jenny Odell

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Barack Obama's favorite books of 2019 list. [Source]

FAQs

Q1: How frequently does Barack Obama release his book recommendations?

Barack Obama typically shares his book recommendations annually, highlighting his summer and year-end reading picks.

While many of his recommendations touch upon political and sociocultural themes, Obama's reading list is diverse, encompassing fiction, biographies, and other genres.

Barack Obama often shares his book recommendations on his official social media channels, such as Twitter and Instagram. Alternatively you can check this page regularly to see if Barack Obama has recommended any new book.

Yes, Barack Obama has authored several books, including 'Dreams from My Father', 'The Audacity of Hope', and 'A Promised Land'.

Yes, some of the books Barack Obama has recommended are available for free in various formats online.