President's Day

February brings us Presidents’ Day, Lincoln’s Birthday, and Washington’s Birthday, making it the perfect month to read up on the 44th President of the United States. Here is a selection of books about Barack Obama:

Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics by Paul Louis Street
Author Paul Louis Street, who was on the ground throughout the Iowa campaign, looks at Obama in relation to contemporary issues of class, race, war, and empire, and considers him in the context of our nation’s political history, with comparisons to FDR, JFK, Bill Clinton, and other leaders.

Game Change : Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin
Two of the country’s leading political reporters use their unrivaled access to pull back the curtain on the Obama, Clinton, McCain, and Palin campaigns. Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change reads like a fast-paced novel, an intimate portrait of some of the most powerful and fascinating figures in American life—the occasionally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of the campaign of a lifetime.

Barack Obama: This improbable Quest by John K. Wilson
Much more than a biography, this book is a political tour of Obama's legislative experience as well as his ideas about race, religion, and politics. Political writer John K. Wilson explores the reaction Obama has received from the left, the right, and the media, and how he might transform American politics.

Obama: The Historic Front Pages by David Elliot Cohen, Mark Greenberg, and Howard Dodson
This beautifully produced commemorative album of newspaper pages depicting landmarks in Obama’s campaign documents his unprecedented journey to the White House. Includes front covers, speeches and photographs from Obama's initial declaration of candidacy, his Democratic nomination, election, and inauguration.

Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama's Plan to Renew America's Promise
In these pages are bold and specific ideas about how to fix our ailing economy and strengthen the middle class, make health care affordable for all, achieve energy independence, and keep America safe in a dangerous world.
- Lisa S.


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