Barack Obama Tweets List of His Favorite Books of 2020

Barack Obama Tweets List of His Favorite Books of 2020

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The year is about to end and ‘annual book lists’ are popping out everywhere. Following the trend, former US President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama has announced the list of his favourite books from 2020. The 44th POTUS has listed a total of 17 books, deliberately excluding his own A Promise Land.

Apart from being a prolific author and widely respected politician, Barack Obama is also a voracious reader. This fact is clearly visible in the great diversity in his list of favorites, right from The Ministry for the Future, a novel set in the future, to Twilight of Democracy, a political treatise analyzing the rise of right-wing populist and authoritarian politics.

A Promised Land, published under the Viking imprint of Penguin, is Obama’s fourth book. It’s the first volume of his presidential memoirs, his journey from being a young vulnerable man to becoming the leader of the civilized world. The book has met tremendous reception, becoming an instant bestseller with over 3.3 million copies sold in North America itself. His first book, Dreams of My Father (1995), was included in Time Magazine‘s top 100 non-fiction English language books since 1923, in 2011. Obama’s other two books include The Audacity of Hope (2006), and Of Thee I Sing (2010).

Obama’s Favorite Books from 2020 Are:

Homeland Elegies – Ayad Akhtar

Jack – Marilynne Robinson

Caste – Isabel Wilkerson

The Splendid and the Vile – Erik Larson

Luster – Raven Leilani

How Much of these Hills is Gold – C Pam Zhang

Long Bright River – Liz Moore

Memorial Drive – Natasha Trethewey

Twilight of Democracy – Anne Applebaum

Deacon King Kong – James McBride

The Undocumented Americans – Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

The Vanishing Half – Brit Bennett

The Glass Hotel – Emily St John Mandel

Hidden Valley Road – Robert Kolker

The Ministry of the Future – Kim Stanley Robinson

Sharks in the Time of Saviors – Kawai Strong Washburn

Missionaries – Phil Klay

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