Barack Obama's Favorite Books in 2018 - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue

In a Facebook post, former President Barack Obama listed his favorite books of 2018.

As 2018 draws to a close, I’m continuing a favorite tradition of mine and sharing my year-end lists. It gives me a moment to pause and reflect on the year through the books, movies, and music that I found most thought-provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved. It also gives me a chance to highlight talented authors, artists, and storytellers – some who are household names and others who you may not have heard of before. Here’s my best of 2018 list – I hope you enjoy reading, watching, and listening.

Mr. Obama, unsurprisingly, lists the former first lady Michelle Obama’s book, “Becoming” at the top of his list. Mrs. Obama’s book is currently number one on the The New York Times bestselling non-fiction book list.

Here are Barack Obama’s Favorite Books in 2018

Becoming – Michelle Obama 

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An American Marriage – Tayari Jones

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Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die – Keith Payne

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Educated – Tara Westover

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Factfulness – Hans Rosling

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Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging- Alex Wagner

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A Grain of Wheat – Ngugi wa Thiong’o

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A House for Mr Biswas – V.S. Naipaul

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How Democracies Die – Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt

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In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History – Mitch Landrieu

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Long Walk to Freedom – Nelson Mandela

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The New Geography of Jobs – Enrico Moretti

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The Return – Hisham Matar

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Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe

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Warlight – Michael Ondaatje

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Why Liberalism Failed – Patrick Deneen

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The World As It Is – Ben Rhodes

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American Prison – Shane Bauer 

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Arthur Ashe: A Life – Raymond Arsenault

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Asymmetry – Lisa Halliday 

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Feel Free – Zadie Smith 

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Florida – Lauren Groff 

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Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom – David W. Blight

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Immigrant, Montana – Amitava Kumar

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The Largesse of the Sea Maiden – Denis Johnson

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Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence – Max Tegmark 

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There There – Tommy Orange 

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Washington Black – Esi Edugyan

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Samara Lynn

Samara Lynn is a technology journalist, covering the industry for a decade. Her work appears in The Wirecutter, Tom's Hardware, PC Mag, and other online outlets. She's the author of "Windows Server 2012: Up and Running" and previously worked in the IT industry. She's currently the digital manager at Black Enterprise.



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