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A Bookish Tour Through Obama's Years in the White House

January 19, 2017 - As the current reader-in-chief finishes his term, we've gathered a list of many of the books Obama recommended, read and bought while in office. No list can be complete, but it offers a bookish glimpse into the mind of a president. (Tracy Mumford)
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The Post-American World (Fareed Zakaria)
The Post-American World (Fareed Zakaria)
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Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
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Collected Poems
Collected Poems
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Ghost Wars by Steve Coll
Ghost Wars by Steve Coll
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Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet (Jeffrey D. Sachs)
Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet (Jeffrey D. Sachs)
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Netherland
Netherland
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What Is the What (Dave Eggers)
What Is the What (Dave Eggers)
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The Way Home (George Pelecanos)
The Way Home (George Pelecanos)
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Hot, Flat, and Crowded
Hot, Flat, and Crowded
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Lush Life (Richard Price)
Lush Life (Richard Price)
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Plainsong (Kent Haruf)
Plainsong (Kent Haruf)
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John Adams (David McCullough)
John Adams (David McCullough)
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Freedom
Freedom
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Tinkers (Paul Harding)
Tinkers (Paul Harding)
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A Few Corrections (Brad Leithauser)
A Few Corrections (Brad Leithauser)
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To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
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The Red Pony (John Steinbeck)
The Red Pony (John Steinbeck)
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The Bayou Trilogy (Daniel Woodrell)
The Bayou Trilogy (Daniel Woodrell)
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Rodin's Debutante (Ward Just)
Rodin's Debutante (Ward Just)
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Cutting for Stone (Abraham Verghese)
Cutting for Stone (Abraham Verghese)
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To the End of the Land (David Grossman)
To the End of the Land (David Grossman)
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The Warmth of Other Suns (Isabel Wilkerson)
The Warmth of Other Suns (Isabel Wilkerson)
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Where the Wild Things Are
Where the Wild Things Are
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Parting the Waters (Taylor Branch)
Parting the Waters (Taylor Branch)
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Gilead (Marilynne Robinson)
Gilead (Marilynne Robinson)
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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
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Red Sparrow (Jason Matthews)
Red Sparrow (Jason Matthews)
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The Lowland (Jhumpa Lahiri)
The Lowland (Jhumpa Lahiri)
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Wild: From Lost to Found (Cheryl Strayed)
Wild: From Lost to Found (Cheryl Strayed)
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Being Mortal
Being Mortal
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Age of Ambition (Evan Osnos)
Age of Ambition (Evan Osnos)
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Brown Girl Dreaming (Jacqueline Woodson)
Brown Girl Dreaming (Jacqueline Woodson)
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The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
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The Laughing Monsters (Denis Johnson)
The Laughing Monsters (Denis Johnson)
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All the Light We Cannot See
All the Light We Cannot See
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Heart of Darkness
Heart of Darkness
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Nora Webster (Colm Tiobin)
Nora Webster (Colm Tiobin)
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Redeployment (Phil Klay)
Redeployment (Phil Klay)
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The Sixth Extinction
The Sixth Extinction
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Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates)
Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates)
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