Search for books, people and lists
Read This Twice
HomePeopleBooksLibrariesSign In

Barack Obama

Recommended Books

Barack Obama II is an American attorney and politician who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, he was the first African-American president of the United States.
117 books on the list
Sort by
Latest Recommendations First
Layout
Nine Days book cover
Nine Days
The Race to Save Martin Luther King Jr.'s Life and Win the 1960 Election
Paul Kendrick - 2021-01-12
Goodreads Rating
The authors of Douglass and Lincoln present fully for the first time the story of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s imprisonment in the days leading up to the 1960 presidential election and the efforts of three of John F. Kennedy's civil rights staffers who went rogue to free him--a move that changed the face of the Democratic Party and propelled Kennedy t...
Barack Obama
2021-02-19T21:04:07.000Z
I want to share this inspiring book about the events leading up to the 1960 election, from Dr. King's imprisonment to student activism in Atlanta to JFK's campaign. It's a story we can all learn from—a story of overlooked heroes and the power each of us has to create change.      source
How Much of These Hills Is Gold book cover
How Much of These Hills Is Gold
A Novel
C Pam Zhang - 2021-04-06 (first published in 2020)
Goodreads Rating
An electric debut novel set against the twilight of the American gold rush, two siblings are on the run in an unforgiving landscape—trying not just to survive but to find a home.Ba dies in the night; Ma is already gone. Newly orphaned children of immigrants, Lucy and Sam are suddenly alone in a land that refutes their existence. Fleeing the threats...
Barack Obama
2020-12-20T00:00:00.000Z
As 2020 comes to a close, I wanted to share my annual lists of favorites. I’ll start by sharing my favorite books this year. I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I did.      source
Also recommended by
Bethanne Patrick
The Ministry for the Future book cover
The Ministry for the Future
A Novel
Kim Stanley Robinson - 2020-10-06
Goodreads Rating
From the visionary, New York Times bestselling author of New York 2140 comes a near-future novel that is a gripping exploration of climate change, technology, politics, and the human behaviors that drive these forces. Established in 2025, the purpose of the new organization was simple: To advocate for the world's future generations and to protect a...
Barack Obama
2020-12-20T00:00:00.000Z
As 2020 comes to a close, I wanted to share my annual lists of favorites. I’ll start by sharing my favorite books this year. I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I did.      source
Missionaries book cover
Missionaries
A Novel
Phil Klay - 2020-10-06
Goodreads Rating
From the author of the National Book Award-winning short story collection Redeployment comes an astonishing novel of Conradian suspense, set in Colombia among other fronts of America's wars, as four lives become fatally entangled thanks to our country's gift for projecting its power into situations it half understands.Neither Mason, a U.S. Army Spe...
Barack Obama
2020-12-20T00:00:00.000Z
As 2020 comes to a close, I wanted to share my annual lists of favorites. I’ll start by sharing my favorite books this year. I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I did.      source
Jack book cover
Jack
A Novel
Marilynne Robinson - 2020-09-29
Goodreads Rating
Marilynne Robinson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Humanities Medal, returns to the world of Gilead with Jack, the latest in one of the great works of contemporary American fiction.Jack  tells the story of John Ames Boughton, the beloved, erratic, and grieved-over prodigal son of a Presbyterian minister in Gilead, Iowa. In segregated...
Barack Obama
2020-12-20T00:00:00.000Z
As 2020 comes to a close, I wanted to share my annual lists of favorites. I’ll start by sharing my favorite books this year. I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I did.      source
Homeland Elegies book cover
Homeland Elegies
A Novel
Ayad Akhtar - 2020-09-15
Goodreads Rating
A deeply personal work about hope and identity in a nation coming apart at the seams, Homeland Elegies blends fact and fiction to tell an epic story of belonging and dispossession in the world that 9/11 made. Part family drama, part social essay, part picaresque adventure -- at its heart, it is the story of a father, a son, and the country they bot...
Barack Obama
2020-12-20T00:00:00.000Z
As 2020 comes to a close, I wanted to share my annual lists of favorites. I’ll start by sharing my favorite books this year. I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I did.      source
Also recommended by
Robert Benzie
Caste book cover
Caste
The Origins of Our Discontents
Isabel Wilkerson - 2020-08-04
Goodreads Rating
The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.“As we go about our daily lives, caste is the wordless usher in a darkened theater, flashlight cast down in the aisles, guiding us to ...
Barack Obama
2020-12-20T00:00:00.000Z
As 2020 comes to a close, I wanted to share my annual lists of favorites. I’ll start by sharing my favorite books this year. I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I did.      source
Luster book cover
Luster
A Novel
Raven Leilani - 2020-08-04
Goodreads Rating
Sharp, comic, disruptive, tender, Raven Leilani's debut novel, Luster, sees a young black woman fall into art and someone else's open marriageEdie is stumbling her way through her twenties—sharing a subpar apartment in Bushwick, clocking in and out of her admin job, making a series of inappropriate sexual choices. She's also, secretly, haltingly fi...
Barack Obama
2020-12-20T00:00:00.000Z
As 2020 comes to a close, I wanted to share my annual lists of favorites. I’ll start by sharing my favorite books this year. I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I did.      source
Also recommended by
Caitlin MoranMarian Keyes
Memorial Drive book cover
Memorial Drive
A Daughter's Memoir
Natasha Trethewey - 2020-07-28
Goodreads Rating
At age nineteen, Natasha Trethewey had her world turned upside down when her former stepfather shot and killed her mother. Grieving and still new to adulthood, she confronted the twin pulls of life and death in the aftermath of unimaginable trauma and now explores the way this experience lastingly shaped the artist she became.Pulitzer Prize–winning...
Barack Obama
2020-12-20T00:00:00.000Z
As 2020 comes to a close, I wanted to share my annual lists of favorites. I’ll start by sharing my favorite books this year. I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I did.      source
Also recommended by
Margaret AtwoodSimon Schama
Twilight of Democracy book cover
Twilight of Democracy
The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism
Anne Applebaum - 2020-07-21
Goodreads Rating
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author, professor, and historian offers an expert guide to understanding the appeal of the strongman as a leader and an explanation for why authoritarianism is back with a menacing twenty-first century twist.Across the world today, from the Americas to Europe and beyond, liberal democracy is under siege while populism and...
Barack Obama
2020-12-20T00:00:00.000Z
As 2020 comes to a close, I wanted to share my annual lists of favorites. I’ll start by sharing my favorite books this year. I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I did.      source
Self-Reliance book cover
Self-Reliance
Ralph Waldo Emerson - 2021-05-04
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
Exhalation by Ted Chiang
The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker
Factfulness by Hans Rosling
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
Deacon King Kong by James McBride
Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn
The Shallows by Nicholas Carr
The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson
Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe
Normal People by Sally Rooney
Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
Maid by Stephanie Land
The Source of Self-Regard by Toni Morrison
Long Bright River by Liz Moore
Frederick Douglass by David W. Blight
Solitary by Albert Woodfox
A Different Way to Win by Jim Rooney
The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer
Tough Love by Susan Rice
The Topeka School by Ben Lerner
The Anarchy by William Dalrymple
The Education of an Idealist by Samantha Power
Heartland by Sarah Smarsh
Inland by Téa Obreht
Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino
The Sixth Man by Andre Iguodala
American Prison by Shane Bauer
Florida by Lauren Groff
Furious Hours by Casey Cep
There There by Tommy Orange
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates
How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell
Trust Exercise by Susan Choi
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
Finding My Voice by Valerie Jarrett
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
The World as It Is by Ben Rhodes
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Lot by Bryan Washington
In the Shadow of Statues by Mitch Landrieu
Why Liberalism Failed by Patrick J. Deneen
American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson
Feel Free by Zadie Smith
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff
How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky
The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson
Futureface by Alex Wagner
The Power by Naomi Alderman
Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday
Five-Carat Soul by James McBride
Grant by Ron Chernow
Arthur Ashe by Raymond Arsenault
Immigrant, Montana by Amitava Kumar
Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Coach Wooden and Me by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami
Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Educated by Tara Westover
Truth Decay by Jennifer Kavanagh
Janesville by Amy Goldstein
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Basketball by Shea Serrano
Dying by Cory Taylor
The Broken Ladder by Keith Payne
The Return by Hisham Matar
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Evicted by Matthew Desmond
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
Barbarian Days by William Finnegan
H Is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The New Geography of Jobs by Enrico Moretti
We Live in Water by Jess Walter
The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi Wa Thiong'O
How to Read the Air by Dinaw Mengestu
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
Washington by Ron Chernow
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
The Shadow of Sirius by W. S. Merwin
Abraham Lincoln by Abraham Lincoln
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
A House for Mr. Biswas by V. S. Naipaul
Four Great Tragedies by William Shakespeare
New American Standard Bible by The Lockman Foundaiton
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
Parting the Waters by Taylor Branch