Besides politics and diplomacy, world leaders are also promoting their own preferences when it comes to reading. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Quora are the channels that world leaders prefer to communicate. From east to west and north to south, we sum up for you a bookshelf.
1. Becoming, Michelle Obama – recommended by former US president Barack Obama
The former president of USA, Barack Obama, released on Instagram his cultural list for 2018, featuring 29 books. Of course, the first one on the list is Michelle Obama’s Becoming, with the note “obviously my favorite”. His list includes national bestseller Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and New York Times bestseller How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. Moreover, Obama is constantly presenting his reading to the public on social media channels.
In the summer, he wrote on Facebook: “This summer I’ve been absorbed by new novels, revisited an old classic, and reaffirmed my faith in our ability to move forward together when we seek the truth.” His recommendations? Tara Westover’s Educated and Warlight by Michael Ondaatje, among others.
2. US President, Donald Trump, recommends it!
Plunder and Deceit: Big Government’s Exploitation of Young People and the Future by Mark R. Levin makes the headlines from many points of view. How come?
When the current president of US says “read it”, maybe you should consider it. Especially for the analysis that the author has done on the ways, the US government has failed the next generation.
.@marklevinshow has written a great book, Plunder and Deceit. He powerfully analyzes issues that are crucial to us today. Read it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 24, 2015
3. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
Recommended by the Prime Minister of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, the book is a world’s classic story and it should be on anyone’s reading list. The abundance of characters and the details will delight you for sure.
The four-day marathon public reading of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, a great conclusion to the Year of Literature pic.twitter.com/MoqFUTOXGW
— Dmitry Medvedev (@MedvedevRussiaE) December 11, 2015
4. The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World, Niall Ferguson
Karim Massimov, Former Prime Minister of Kazakhstan recommends this book. The author is a popular professor from Harvard, Niall Ferguson. The Ascent of Money is worth reading by anyone working in finance. A documentary is also available based on the book.
I have read "The Ascent of Money" by Niall Ferguson. It is worth reading.
— Karim Massimov (@KarimMassimov_E) August 15, 2011
5. Gardens of Democracy, by Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer, and Champlain’s Dream, by David Hackett Fischer
These two works are Canada’s Prime Minister recommendations, Justin Trudeau, who mentioned in a thread on Quora:
“I am a massive reader, have been all my life. I read anything, and everything, in huge quantities. These days most of what I read are scholarly policy works and briefing papers, so listing my favourite fiction is really tough. I guess starting with a few authors for whom I’ve read just about everything they’ve ever written: Stephen King, Neal Stephenson, and Tad Williams. Other recently-read novels I’ve loved: La part de l’autre by Eric-Emmanuel Schmidt, and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.