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List Wednesdays :: Obama’s Shelf by Kevin Wilder

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Today’s list needs little introduction. Many folks have claimed the 44th president might be “the most bookish” yet. While this claim might be impossible to prove, it’s undeniable Mr. Pres. keeps his nose in between the pages. So the real question is, what does Barack Obama enjoy? Nothing but history? A little fiction for dessert? Romance novels? Comic books? 19th Century Poetry? Home decorating manuals? E-books?

Thanks to AbeBooks, here are some titles and authors our fellow Americans have spotted Obama carrying, quoting, or mentioning from time to time. Enjoy!

Books: Fareed Zakaria’s The Post-American World, W. E. B. DuBois’ Souls of Black Folk, Martin Luther King’s Letter From Birmingham Jail, Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon, Graham Greene’s The Power and the Glory and The Quiet American, Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook, Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s Cancer Ward, John Steinbeck’s In Dubious Battle, Robert Caro’s Power Broker, Studs Terkel’s Working, Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations and Theory of Moral Sentiments, Robert Penn Warren’s All the King’s Men, Fred Kaplan’s Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer, Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom The Bell Tolls.

Authors: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mark Twain, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, James Baldwin, Shakespeare, Friedrich Nietzsche, Reinhold Niebuhr, Paul Tillich.

Other book-related facts: In addition to writing two bestsellers, Obama reviewed William Ayers’ A Kind and Just Parent: The Children of the Juvenile Court for the Chicago Tribune in 1997. Also, he’s read all seven Harry Potter book with his two daughters.

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