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50 Books Obama Thinks You Should Read

Continue Pushing Hard and Take These 12 Quotes By Barack Obama With You on Your Road to Success

Former president of the United States, Barack Obama, is regarded by many as a bibliophile. When he was in The White House, Obama revealed he read books in his spare time to stay motivated. Every year, he also releases his summer reading list of books which span many genres and deal with various aspects of life.

Here are 50 books the former president recommends for everyone:

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1. Marilynne Robinson, Gilead

2. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

3. The Bible

4. Lincoln’s Collected Writings

5. Graham Greene, The Power and the Glory

6. Graham Greene, The Quiet American

7. Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook

8. Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island

9. John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men

10. F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

11. Anthony Doerr, All The Light We Cannot See

12.Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction

13. Jhumpa Lahiri, The Lowland

14. Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me

15. Studs Terkel, Working

16. Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations

17. Adam Smith, Theory of Moral Sentiments

18. Robert Penn Warren, All the King’s Men

19. Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

20.David Halberstam, The Best and the Brighte

21. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Cancer Ward

22. Gandhi, Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth

23. John Steinbeck, In Dubious Battle

24. Robert Caro, Power Broker

25. Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon

26. Herman Melville, Moby-Dick

27. Shakespeare’s Tragedies

28 Taylor Branch, Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-1963

29. Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff

30. Lush Life, Richard Price

31. Netherland, Joseph O’Neill

32. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, Salman Rushdie

33. Redeployment, Phil Klay

34. Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison

35. Plainsong, Kent Haruf

36. The Way Home, George Pelecanos

37. What Is the What, Dave Eggers

38. Philosophy & Literature, Peter S. Thompson

39. Collected Poems, Derek Walcott

40. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn

41. The Three-Body Problem, Liu Cixin

42. Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling

43. The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Edmund Morris

44. John Adams, David McCullough

45. Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer, Fred Kaplan

46. Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope, Jonathan Alte

47. FDR, Jean Edward Smith

48. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, Doris Kearns Goodwin

49. The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln

50. Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution and How It Can Renew America, Thomas L. Friedman.


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