Presidential Picks: The Library's Got Them All!

Campus Community Update #232

February 2, 2009

Presidential Picks: The Library's Got Them All!

Books on a shelf

In a news story in the New York Times on January 19, 2009 President Obama talked about the books that inspired and edified him, about his appreciation for "the magic of language" and his "ardent love of reading." Some of the President's favorite books included:

  • "Parting the Waters," Taylor Branch
  • The Bible
  • "Self-Reliance," Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Gandhi's autobiography
  • "Team of Rivals," Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • "The Golden Notebook," Doris Lessing
  • Lincoln's collected writings
  • "Moby-Dick," Herman Melville
  • "Song of Solomon," Toni Morrison
  • Works of Reinhold Niebuhr
  • "Gilead," Marilynne Robinson
  • Shakespeare's tragedies  

Check out these and other books that move and inspire at the library