Monday, January 19, 2009

Books and Obama

In college if not before, President-elect Barack Obama discovered that words have the incredible power to transform lives. Equally eloquent as a speaker and as an author, Obama, who reads Baldwin, Lessing, Lincoln, Melville, Morrison, Shakespeare, and numerous others, has been shaped by his reading, much like the sixteenth President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. In Obama's first book, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, he acknowledges the importance of books in his life as a source of insight, information, and inspiration. On the eve of the inauguration, here's the original article from the NY Times.

Books by Barack Obama:
  1. Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance (1995, 2004)
  2. The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream (2006)
  3. Celebrating Change: Key Speeches of President-Elect Barack Obama, October 2002-November 2008 (2008) (also by Hillary Clinton and John McCain)
  4. Change: Barack Obama's Plan to Repair the U.S. Economy (2008)


  1. I haven't read this Obama book, but have read The Audacity of Hope. The book would be much more interesting if you haven't heard most of his speeches.


    Good ads on your site!

  2. Thanks, Di. I can't wait for the inauguration!

  3. I read the article earlier today (before I read you post).

    I'll sure be watching tv tonight (Armenian local time) and I am not even American. This is such a great moment in time! I do wish Obama well and hope he won't crush under all the high expectations.

  4. Thanks for the link to that article. It was fun to see that that he liked the book, "Gilead." It's one of my faves too. Actually, it's reassuring to know that our president is widely read. I also get the feeling that he's more introspective than George W. Bush. It will be interesting to see how his words and actions will influence our country's future.

  5. Thank you all for sharing your thoughts on this important day in history.

  6. I am so happy about this new president. HE is just what the doctor ordered for a sick America!

  7. What an emotional day! I have such hope for the future for my kids again.

  8. I find the importance that Obama places on books reassuring and I think it's time that I read one of his! I'm adding Dreams of My Father to my TBR list.


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