Barack Obama

On March 2004, Barack Obama took the United States by surprise by winning the Democratic primary, making him a rising star in the world of politics. Four years later he went on to win the presidential elections, becoming the 44th President of the United States and the first African American president in history. He was re-elected in 2012 for his second term. During his two terms, his administration was responsible for several reforms in healthcare and the economy. He also took actions regarding foreign policy, climate change, immigration and LGBT rights. And speaking of foreign policy, Obama was known for his outreach to the Muslim world, promotion of nuclear nonproliferation and also for closing the ties with US allies. For all these, he was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 2009. He left office in January 2017 with a 60% approval rating. As the President of the United States (what many consider to be the most powerful man in the world), Barack Obama was an example to many, inspiring young leaders and communities across the world. He has always been praised for his speaking and media presence, is also called “the first social media president” after his team successfully used services like Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Regarding books, Barack Obama has always been open about this subject and quite often mentioned books and reading as one of the factors that led to his success. He also authored three books, winning the Best Spoken Word Album Grammy Award for the audiobook version of two of them.

Books recommended by Barack Obama:


Books Recommended by Barack Obama

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China

by Evan Osnos

Thinking, Fast and Slow

by Daniel Kahneman

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

by Yuval Noah Harari

Long Walk to Freedom

by Nelson Mandela

Between the World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

H Is for Hawk

by Helen Macdonald

The Theory of Moral Sentiments

by Adam Smith

Washington: A Life

by Ron Chernow

The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York

by Robert A. Caro

The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

by Edmund Morris

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

by Elizabeth Kolbert

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

by Katherine Boo

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

by Atul Gawande

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

by William Finnegan

Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63

by Taylor Branch

The Best and the Brightest

by David Halberstam

The Federalist

by Alexander HamiltonJames MadisonJohn Jay

The Souls of Black Folk

by W.E.B. Du Bois

Gandhi: An Autobiography - The Story of My Experiments With Truth

by Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi

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