In the spirit of the inaugural celebration, here’s a post devoted to President-Elect Barack Obama’s love of reading. He himself has written two critically-acclaimed books, Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope, attesting to his appreciation of the power of words.
Culled from a variety of sources (see some articles on the topic at the end of the post), here’s a list of some of the books that Barack Obama has voiced his appreciation for:
- Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
- The Power and the Glory, by Graham Greene
- The Quiet American, by Graham Greene
- For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway
- The Golden Notebook, by Doris Lessing
- Moby Dick, by Herman Melville
- Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
- Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson
- Cancer Ward, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
- In Dubious Battle, by John Steinbeck
- All the King’s Men, by Robert Penn Warren
- Collected Poems, 1948-1984, by Derek Walcott
- Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63, by Taylor Branch
- The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York, by Robert Caro
- The Souls of Black Folk, by W.E.B. DuBois
- Self-Reliance, by Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Team of Rivals, by Doris Kearns Goodwin
- Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer, by Fred Kaplan
- Working, by Studs Terkel
- The philsophical works of Nietzsche and Niebuhr
And Barack Obama himself is no stranger to being a widely-read and renowned writer; his books spent time at the top of the New York Times’ bestseller list and a signed first edition copy of Dreams from My Father sold on Abebooks.com for $5,500.
To read more about Barack Obama’s literary tastes, read “Barack by the books” at Salon.com and “From books, new president found voice” at New York Times.