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Barack Obama (Former USA President)

According to the president’s Facebook page and a 2008 interview with the New York Times, these titles are among his most influential forever favorites:

  • Moby Dick, Herman Melville
  • Self-Reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Song Of Solomon, Toni Morrison
  • Parting The Waters, Taylor Branch
  • Gilead, Marylinne Robinson
  • Best and the Brightest, David Halberstam
  • The Federalist, Alexander Hamilton
  • Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. Du Bois
  • The Power and the Glory, Graham Greene
  • The Quiet American, Graham Greene
  • Cancer Ward, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • Gandhi’s autobiography
  • Working, Studs Terkel
  • Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith
  • Theory of Moral Sentiments, Adam Smith
  • All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren

Amazon description

Essayist, poet, and philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882) propounded a transcendental idealism emphasizing self-reliance, self-culture, and individual expression. The six essays and one address included in this volume, selected from Essays, First Series (1841) and Essays, Second Series (1844), offer a representative sampling of his views outlining that moral idealism as well as a hint of the later skepticism that colored his thought. In addition to the celebrated title essay, the others included here are "History," "Friendship," "The Over-Soul," "The Poet," and "Experience," plus the well-known and frequently read Harvard Divinity School Address.

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