5 Obama Books You Should Definitely Read

It’s the end of an era: President Donald Trump is in the White House. Former POTUS Barack Obama is now enjoying a well deserved vacation.

Whether you love him or hate him, you can deny that Obama impacted America in unimaginable ways during his time as commander-in-chief. From legalizing gay marriage across the United States to — as one of his final acts as president — commuting Chelsea Manning, Obama actually did a lot of things. Period.

To celebrate his accomplishments, we’re taking a look back at his life — through his own words. Here are five books by him you should read.

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

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“In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father—a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man—has been killed in a car accident. This sudden death inspires an emotional odyssey—first to a small town in Kansas, from which he retraces the migration of his mother’s family to Hawaii, and then to Kenya, where he meets the African side of his family, confronts the bitter truth of his father’s life, and at last reconciles his divided inheritance.”


The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

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“In July 2004, Barack Obama electrified the Democratic National Convention with an address that spoke to Americans across the political spectrum. One phrase in particular anchored itself in listeners’ minds, a reminder that for all the discord and struggle to be found in our history as a nation, we have always been guided by a dogged optimism in the future, or what Obama called ‘the audacity of hope.'”


Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters

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“In this tender, beautiful letter to his daughters, President Barack Obama has written a moving tribute to thirteen groundbreaking Americans and the ideals that have shaped our nation. From the artistry of Georgia O’Keeffe, to the courage of Jackie Robinson, to the patriotism of George Washington, President Obama sees the traits of these heroes within his own children, and within all of America’s children.”


Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama’s Plan to Renew America’s Promise

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“The election of Barack Obama as President of the United States is a defining moment in American history. After years of failed policies and failed politics from Washington, this is our chance to reclaim the American dream. Barack Obama has proven to be a new kind of leader–one who can bring people together, be honest about the challenges we face, and move this nation forward. Change We Can Believe In outlines his vision for America.”


Words That Changed A Nation: The Most Celebrated and Influential Speeches of Barack Obama

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“‘If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy—tonight is your answer.’ Barack Obama Words That Changed a Nation is a concise collection of the eleven most significant speeches of Barack Obama—the words that defined his campaign, the words that made history, the words that inspired a nation.”

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