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Obama Recommends

 

The world knows Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States—as an historic world leader, an incredible speaker, a family man, and a magnificent writer.

He’s also got fantastic taste in books.

Of the many things the world awaits his perspective on, Obama’s regular Favourite Books lists are certainly one—and are amongst the best, most impeccably discerning recommended reading lists around. There’s political reading, certainly, but also must-read fiction, history, sport, essays and memoir—it’s always a rich and rewarding selection from a man with absolutely flawless taste in books. So we’ve pulled together some of his more recent recommendations into one page for you—and of course we’ve added in A Promised Land, the brand new memoir from the former president, iconic leader, Nobel Peace Prize Winner—and would-be excellent bookseller!
 


 

A Promised LandA Promised Land by Barack Obama

A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making-from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy.

In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency-a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.

Obama takes readers on a compelling journey from his earliest political aspirations to the pivotal Iowa caucus victory that demonstrated the power of grassroots activism to the watershed night of November 4, 2008, when he was elected 44th president of the United States, becoming the first African American to hold the nation's highest office.

A Promised Land is extraordinarily intimate and introspective-the story of one man's bet with history, the faith of a community organizer tested on the world stage. Obama is candid about the balancing act of running for office as a Black American, bearing the expectations of a generation buoyed by messages of "hope and change," and meeting the moral challenges of high-stakes decision-making. He is frank about the forces that opposed him at home and abroad, open about how living in the White House affected his wife and daughters, and unafraid to reveal self-doubt and disappointment. Yet he never wavers from his belief that inside the great, ongoing American experiment, progress is always possible.

This beautifully written and powerful book captures Barack Obama's conviction that democracy is not a gift from on high but something founded on empathy and common understanding and built together, day by day.
 

Out now - £25.00 (£35.00)

 

 

 

Favourite Books for 2020

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Marilynne Robinson
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Caste: The Lies That Divide Us
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Isabel Wilkerson
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Raven Leilani
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Emily St. John Mandel
£14.99

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Hidden Valley Road
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Robert Kolker
£20.00
Sharks in the Time of Saviours
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Kawai Strong Washburn
£16.99
Missionaries
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Phil Klay
£16.99
The Ministry for the Future
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Kim Stanley Robinson
£17.99
Jack
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Marilynne Robinson
£18.99
Caste: The Lies That Divide Us
(Hardback)
Isabel Wilkerson
£20.00
Luster
(Hardback)
Raven Leilani
£12.99
Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir
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Natasha Trethewey
£14.99
Signed Bookplate Edition - The Glass...
(Hardback)
Emily St. John Mandel
£14.99

Currently out of stock

Hidden Valley Road
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Robert Kolker
£20.00
Sharks in the Time of Saviours
(Hardback)
Kawai Strong Washburn
£16.99
Missionaries
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Phil Klay
£16.99
The Ministry for the Future
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Kim Stanley Robinson
£17.99

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Shoshana Zuboff
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William Dalrymple
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Girl, Woman, Other
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Bernardine Evaristo
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The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee
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David Treuer
£12.99
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Normal People
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Sally Rooney
£8.99
The Yellow House
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Sarah M. Broom
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Patrick Radden Keefe
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Solitary: Unbroken by Four Decades in...
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The Topeka School
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Ben Lerner
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Trick Mirror: Reflections on...
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Jia Tolentino
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Trust Exercise
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Susan Choi
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We Live in Water
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Jess Walter
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The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of...
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William Dalrymple
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Girl, Woman, Other
(Paperback)
Bernardine Evaristo
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The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee
(Paperback)
David Treuer
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How To Do Nothing: Resisting the...
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Lost Children Archive
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Valeria Luiselli
£8.99
Lot
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£8.99
Normal People
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Sally Rooney
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The Yellow House
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Sarah M. Broom
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Say Nothing: A True Story Of Murder...
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Patrick Radden Keefe
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Solitary: Unbroken by Four Decades in...
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The Topeka School
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Ben Lerner
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Jia Tolentino
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Trust Exercise
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Susan Choi
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Jess Walter
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Summer 2019

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Lab Girl
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Hope Jahren
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The Nickel Boys: Exclusive Edition
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Colson Whitehead
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Exhalation
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Ted Chiang
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Wolf Hall (The Wolf Hall Trilogy)
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Hilary Mantel
£9.99
Men Without Women: Stories
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Haruki Murakami; Philip Gabriel; Ted...
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American Spy
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Lauren Wilkinson
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Inland
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Tea Obreht
£8.99
How to Read the Air
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Dinaw Mengestu
£9.99
Lab Girl
(Paperback)
Hope Jahren
£8.99
The Nickel Boys: Exclusive Edition
(Paperback)
Colson Whitehead
£8.99

Currently out of stock

Exhalation
(Paperback)
Ted Chiang
£9.99
Wolf Hall (The Wolf Hall Trilogy)
(Paperback)
Hilary Mantel
£9.99
Men Without Women: Stories
(Paperback)
Haruki Murakami; Philip Gabriel; Ted...
£9.99
American Spy
(Paperback)
Lauren Wilkinson
£8.99
Inland
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Tea Obreht
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How to Read the Air
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Dinaw Mengestu
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Non-Fiction 2019

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The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic...
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The Fire Next Time
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James Baldwin
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Letter from Birmingham Jail
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Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
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David W. Blight
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Isabel Wilkerson
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Stamped from the Beginning: The...
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Ibram X. Kendi
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The Fire Next Time
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James Baldwin
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Letter from Birmingham Jail
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Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Michael Ondaatje
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Patrick J. Deneen
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American Prison: A Reporter's...
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Shane Bauer
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Arthur Ashe: A Life
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Asymmetry
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Lisa Halliday
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Feel Free: Essays
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Zadie Smith
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Florida
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Lauren Groff
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Immigrant, Montana
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Amitava Kumar
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The Largesse of the Sea Maiden
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Denis Johnson
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There There
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Tommy Orange
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An American Marriage
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Tayari Jones
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Americanah
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£8.99
Educated: The international...
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Tara Westover
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Hans Rosling; Ola Rosling; Anna...
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A Grain of Wheat
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Ngugi wa Thiong'o; Abdulrazak Gurnah
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A House for Mr Biswas
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V. S. Naipaul
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How Democracies Die: The ...
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Michael Ondaatje
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Why Liberalism Failed
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Patrick J. Deneen
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American Prison: A Reporter's...
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Shane Bauer
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Arthur Ashe: A Life
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Raymond Arsenault
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Asymmetry
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Lisa Halliday
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Feel Free: Essays
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Florida
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Immigrant, Montana
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There There
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His Own Writing

Dreams From My Father: A Story of ...
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Barack Obama
 
This number one bestseller from former president Barack Obama is a frank and personal account of his search for identity
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The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on...
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Barack Obama's political vision for the future of America, written two years before he became president; the New York Times bestseller
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