Presidential Books

February 15, 2010

In celebration of Presidents’ Day, below is a partial list of books which President Obama has read and been influenced by (especially those read during his 20s which were formative years) based on statements he’s made. We can’t promise you’ll become President if you read them but it won’t do you any harm.
Go Tell It On the Mountain and Notes of A Native Son by James Baldwin
Parting The Waters by Taylor Branch
The Power Broker by Robert Caro
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
The Book of Daniel and Loon Lake and Ragtime and World’s Fair by E.L. Doctorow
The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. DuBois
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Gandhi’s Truth by Erik Erikson
The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon
The Power and The Glory and The Quiet American  by Graham Greene
The Best and The Brightest by David Halberstam
Collected Poems of Langston Hughes
The Collected Writings of Thomas Jefferson
The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
The Federalist Papers by James Madison
Bartleby the Scrivener and Benito Cereno and Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
Tar Baby by Toni Morrison
The Irony of American History and Moral Man & Immoral Society by Reinhold Niebuhr
The Antichrist and The Birth of Tragedy and Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Ghost Writer and My Life as A Man and Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
The Confessions of St.Augustine
Hamlet  and King Lear by William Shakespeare
The Theory of Moral Sentiments and The Wealth Of Nations by Adam Smith
Cancer Ward by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
Working by Studs Terkel
Courage To Be and Dynamics of Faith by Paul Tillich
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Exodus and Mila 18 by Leon Uris
All The King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
The Outsider by Richard Wright
The Autobiography of Malcolm X