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Barack Obama’s Favorite Books of 2019

Barack Obama has released his must-read list of 2019, and it’s categorized by interest. The former president’s annual release of his favorite pop culture happenings of the year has just begun, but who has made the cut?

First up, “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism” by Shoshana Zuboff about the perils of social engineering and behavior modification that lives within the horrors of modern day surveillance capitalism. Another highlight is Sally Rooney’s novel “Normal People,” which is currently being turned into a 12-episode series for Hulu. Also on the list is “Solitary” the true story of Albert Woodfox who served more than 40 years in solitary confinement for a crime he did not commit, penned by Woodfox.

Other titles that made the list include Sarah M. Broom’s memoir titled “The Yellow House” Jia Tolentino’s “Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion,” and “The Topeka School” by Ben Lerner.

And “for the sports fans” Obama suggests “A Different Way To Win: Dan Rooney’s Story From the Super Bowl to the Rooney Rule” by Jim Rooney and “The Sixth Man” by Andre Iguodala.

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This announcement is part two of Obama’s best book list. An earlier list included the recently deceased Nobel-winning author Toni Morrison, “The Shallows” by Nicholas Carr and a collection of short stories from Ted Chiang titled “Exhalation.”

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