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One Book Was 'Obviously' Obama's Favorite in 2018

Former president gives thumbs-up to his wife's 'Becoming,' plus other favorite books, songs, and films
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2018 1:43 PM CST

(Newser) – Barack Obama on Friday offered on Facebook what has become a tradition for him: a list of his favorite books, songs, and movies for the year. Obama not only includes picks that he found "most thought-provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved"—he also places a spotlight on "authors, artists, and storytellers" who are both well-known and more obscure. Here, five of his top choices in each category:

Favorite Books

  • Becoming, by Michelle Obama ("obviously my favorite!")
  • How Democracies Die, by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
  • Florida, by Lauren Groff
  • Arthur Ashe: A Life, by Raymond Arsenault
  • Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, by Max Tegmark
Read on for his favorite songs and movies.

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