Obama's Reading List, Revised

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We've been tracking, and speculating on, Barack Obama's reading on a regular basis here (e.g., Fareed Zakaria, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Fred Kaplan, and JFK), and from various press reports (and his Facebook page), we've cobbled together a list of books he's mentioned reading, and in most cases admiring, in different places, for our Inauguration 2009 store.

Today in the Times, Michiko Kakutani has put her own list together, along with a little analysis of Obama as a writer and a reader ("Mr. Obama tends to take a magpie approach to reading — ruminating upon writers’ ideas and picking and choosing those that flesh out his vision of the world or open promising new avenues of inquiry."), so I thought I'd put a reading list together here in one place, based on her research and mine, to kick off inauguration week:

Fiction:

Poetry:

Drama:

History:

Essays and Autobiography:

Current Events:

Theology:

More to come for Inauguration week, including a new interview on Lincoln and Obama (and FDR and Darwin) with one of the authors listed above, Doris Kearns Goodwin. --Tom

P.S. Our friends at Shelfari have built their own Obama bookshelf, based in part on this article at Abebooks. Many books there that neither we nor the Times had, so I've filled in the list above.

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