Barack Obama's favorite books from 2019

Jan. 9, 2020

Barack Obama's favorite books from 2019

Former 44th President of the USA, Barack Obama tweeted out a list of his favorite books from 2019 on Saturday. The titles he recommends, include fiction, biographies, essay compilations, and a couple of sportsbooks.

Obama tweeted

"As we wind down 2019, I wanted to share with you my annual list of favorites that made the last year a little brighter. We’ll start with books today — movies and music coming soon. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did."

Here is the full list:

1. 'The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power' by Shoshana Zuboff

2.  'The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company' by William Dalrymple

3.  'Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee' by Casey Cep

4.  'Girl, Woman, Other' by Bernardine Evaristo

5.  'The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present' by David Treuer

6.  'How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy' by Jenny Odell

7.  'Lost Children Archive' by Valeria Luiselli

8.  'Lot: Stories' by Bryan Washington

9. 'Normal People' by Sally Rooney

10. 'The Orphan Master's Son' by Adam Johnson

11. 'The Yellow House' by Sarah M. Broom

12. 'Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland' by Patrick Radden Keefe

13. 'Solitary' by Albert Woodfox

14. 'The Topeka School' by Ben Lerner

15. 'Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion' by Jia Tolentino

16. 'Trust Exercise' by Susan Choi

17. 'We Live in Water: Stories' by Jess Walter

18. 'A Different Way to Win: Dan Rooney's Story from the Super Bowl to the Rooney Rule' by Jim Rooney

19. 'The Sixth Man' by Andre Iguodala


Former President Obama also mentioned a number of his other favorite books from earlier in the year.

  • "American Spy" by Lauren Wilkinson

  • "The Education of an Idealist" by Samantha Power

  • "Exhalation" by Ted Chiang

  • "Finding My Voice" by Valerie Jarrett

  • "Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth" by Sarah Smarsh

  • "How to Read the Air" by Dinaw Mengestu

  • "Inland" by Téa Obreht

  • "Lab Girl" by Hope Jahren

  • "Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive" by Stephanie Land

  • "Men Without Women" by Haruki Murakami

  • "The Moment of Lift" by Melinda Gates

  • "The Nickel Boys" by Colson Whitehead

  • "Pachinko" by Min Jin Lee

  • "The Shadow of Sirius" by W.S. Merwin

  • "The Shallows" by Nicholas Carr

  • Toni Morrison"s collected works

  • "Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For" by Susan Rice

  • "The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration" by Isabel Wilkerson

  • "Wolf Hall" by Hilary Mantel

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