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Here Is Obama’s 2018 Summer Reading List Inspired by His Journey to Africa

Check this out! Obama just revealed his 2018 summer reading list after his trip to Africa. President Obama wrote on his Facebook on Friday about his first time visit to sub-Saharan Africa and how this trip inspired him:

 

Over the years since, I’ve often drawn inspiration from Africa’s extraordinary literary tradition. As I prepare for this trip, I wanted to share a list of books that I’d recommend for summer reading, including some from a number of Africa’s best writers and thinkers – each of whom illuminate our world in powerful and unique ways.
 

The following six books are recommended and introduced by Obama. I directly quote Obama’s simple but beautiful words here:

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
 

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A true classic of world literature, this novel paints a picture of traditional society wrestling with the arrival of foreign influence, from Christian missionaries to British colonialism. A masterpiece that has inspired generations of writers in Nigeria, across Africa, and around the world.

 

A Grain of Wheat by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

 

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A chronicle of the events leading up to Kenya’s independence, and a compelling story of how the transformative events of history weigh on individual lives and relationships.

 

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

 

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Mandela’s life was one of the epic stories of the 20th century. This definitive memoir traces the arc of his life from a small village, to his years as a revolutionary, to his long imprisonment, and ultimately his ascension to unifying President, leader, and global icon. Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand history – and then go out and change it.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

 

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From one of the world’s great contemporary writers comes the story of two Nigerians making their way in the U.S. and the UK, raising universal questions of race and belonging, the overseas experience for the African diaspora, and the search for identity and a home.

 

The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between by Hisham Matar

 

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A beautifully-written memoir that skillfully balances a graceful guide through Libya’s recent history with the author’s dogged quest to find his father who disappeared in Gaddafi’s prisons.

The World As It Is: Inside the Obama White House by Ben Rhodes

 

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It’s true, Ben does not have African blood running through his veins. But few others so closely see the world through my eyes like he can. Ben’s one of the few who’ve been with me since that first presidential campaign. His memoir is one of the smartest reflections I’ve seen as to how we approached foreign policy, and one of the most compelling stories I’ve seen about what it’s actually like to serve the American people for eight years in the White House.

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