Books

Revisit and Remember the Obama White House With These 11 Books

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters, Sasha and Malia, in the Oval Office, Dec. 11, 2011. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza), CC/Wikipedia

In these uncertain times, many of us look back on the Obama presidency and strive to relive and remember the years when he sat in the Oval Office.

The books listed below, from memoirs to biographies, encompass all aspects of the Obama White House and allow readers to have a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most important families to ever lead this country.

  • The cover of the book Obama: An Intimate Portrait

    Obama: An Intimate Portrait

    Relive the extraordinary presidency of Barack Obama through White House photographer Pete Souza’s photographs and stories in this #1 New York Times bestseller. Pete Souza experienced more with the President than most people, and he photographed everything. In this book, Souza shares a portion of the nearly two million photographs he took of President Obama during his time in the White House – all are deeply personal, candid, and truly breathtaking.

     
  • The cover of the book Becoming

    Becoming

    Michelle Obama — one of the most compelling women of our era — details her incredible life story in this intimate, powerful memoir. As the first African-American woman to serve as First Lady, Michelle helped to create a more inclusive White House while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls everywhere. As she takes readers on a journey through her world, she shares the life experiences that have made her the woman she is today. From her childhood in the South Side of Chicago, to her years as an executive and a mother, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address, this memoir is one you won’t want to miss.

     
  • The cover of the book From the Corner of the Oval

    From the Corner of the Oval

    A Memoir

    In 2012, Beck Dorey-Stein was working five part-time jobs and just scraping by when a posting on Craigslist landed in the Oval Office as one of Obama’s stenographers. As a total outsider, Becky was thrown onto a passionate team that accompanied the president wherever he went, with a recorder and mic in hand. In this book, Becky takes readers on a hilarious journey through her time as an Obama staffer, diving into the friendships she forged, her romance with a consummate D.C. insider, the real lives behind those in service of the president. and more.

     
  • The cover of the book Eat a Little Better

    Eat a Little Better

    Great Flavor, Good Health, Better World

    Sam Kass, former chef to the Obamas and White House food policy advisor, is here to offer tips and tricks to everyone for food shopping, kitchen setup, eating healthy, and more. With over 90 delicious, simple recipes and advice, Sam reminds us that small, good choices add up to big change. It’s the philosophy he helped the Obamas instill in their home, both in Chicago and the White House.

     
  • The cover of the book The World as It Is

    The World as It Is

    A Memoir of the Obama White House

    For nearly ten years, Ben Rhodes witnessed everything at the center of the Obama administration. As a speechwriter, deputy national security advisor, and close collaborator, Rhodes was there for it all, from the early days of the Obama campaign to the final hours of the presidency. Ben’s portrayal of Obama’s presidency is intricate and beautiful – an essential record of the family that shaped the last decade.

     
  • The cover of the book To Obama

    To Obama

    With Love, Joy, Anger, and Hope

    Every day during his presidency, President Obama received ten thousand letters from constituents – some were compassionate, some were filled with fear or anger, others respect. Every night, he read ten of them before going to bed. In this book, we learn how those letters profoundly shaped his presidency and take an intimate look at Obama’s relationship the with the American people.

     
  • The cover of the book American Grown

    American Grown

    The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America

    In American Grown, Michelle Obama takes readers through her White House Garden to give a behind-the-scenes tour of the fresh vegetables, fruit, and herbs that she harvests each season. With stunning photographs that bring Michelle’s garden to life, this book is not only perfect for fans of the former First Lady, but also for those who want to try planting a garden of their own. Additionally, readers will be able to test out the unique recipes created by White House chefs using ingredients just picked from the White House garden.

     
  • The cover of the book Chasing Light

    Chasing Light

    Michelle Obama Through the Lens of a White House Photographer

    This collection of photographs of Michelle Obama – many never seen before – are intimate, powerful, and simply stunning. Coupled with personal reflections and behind-the-scenes stories from Official White House Photographer Amanda Lucidon, the 150 candid photos that populate this book reveal just what makes Mrs. Obama so special.

     
  • The cover of the book West Wingers

    West Wingers

    Stories from the Dream Chasers, Change Makers, and Hope Creators Inside the Obama White House

    In these revealing personal stories, eighteen Obama staffers bring us deep inside the presidency, offering personal accounts of how they made it to the White House, what they witnessed, and what they accomplished there. With each story, the staffers demonstrate that humanity does live in our government. West Wingers reminds us that committed public servants can make real change and inspires us to continue the pursuit of diversity, inclusivity, and progress in America.

     
  • The cover of the book West Winging It

    West Winging It

    West Winging It: An Unpresidential Memoir is Pat Cunnane’s story about living out his dream job in the White House. He shares real stories about the quirky characters who populated the West Wing and draws an intimate portrait of the lesser-known side of President Obama: the funnyman, the nerd, the athlete, the caring parent. He reveals moments, large and small, with amazing detail, reflection, and humor.

     
  • The cover of the book Thanks, Obama

    Thanks, Obama

    In this comic coming-of-age memoir, former Obama speechwriter David Litt shares his experiences in becoming one of the youngest White House speechwriters in history. As President Obama’s go-to comedy writer, he describes what it was like to accidentally trigger an international incident and set a president’s hair aflame. All humor aside, David argues that, despite our troubling times, Barack Obama’s legacy will outlive the presidency of Donald Trump.