Donald Trump’s Book Club: What’s on the President’s Reading List?

Donald Trump looks at his telephone from the Oval Office

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Providing reading lists to the public is somewhat of an unspoken presidential tradition. Former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton were all known to recommend books that piqued their interests to the public. Now that Donald Trump is president he is carrying the torch. While he hasn’t presented an official list, the new president has endorsed several books throughout the year on Twitter, not surprising considering his history on the social media platform.

‘The Russia Hoax: The Illicit Scheme to Clear Hillary Clinton and Frame Donald Trump’

Trump tweeted to commend Greg Jarrett for his work, but he isn’t the only fan. Earlier this year the book ranked number 17 on Amazon’s Most Read Nonfiction List and is a number one New York Times best seller. The book examines how the FBI and Barack Obama’s Justice Department worked together to get Hillary Clinton elected during the 2016 presidential election. It also discusses the investigations that took place to remove Trump as president. Trump even took to Twitter again in case his followers forgot to let them know “it is a great book that everyone is talking about.”

‘Liars, Leakers and Liberals, the Case Against the Anti-Trump Conspiracy’

Another number one New York Times best seller, Jeanine Pirro’s book discusses “Fake News,” law enforcement corruption, national security leaks, and shady foreign-U.S deals that have all worked together to create an anti-Trump conspiracy.

‘The Briefing: Politics, the Press and the President’

Sean Spicer’s memoir, covering his time in the White House as Trump’s Press Secretary, has received a lot of recognition since its release earlier this year. The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, and Conservative Book Club all have it labeled it as a best seller. Those credentials paired with positive comments by Sean Hannity, Megyn Kelly, and Trump himself has cemented the book in the “must-read” list for those interested in recent politics.

‘9 Rules of Engagement’

Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner also published a memoir this year, gaining Trump’s attention. Faulkner shares advice and tools that her military upbringing instilled in her and explains how they shaped her into the successful woman she is today. It’s a mixture of memoir and motivational guide that reminds readers of important values and ideals they need to keep in mind in their day to day lives.

‘The Capitalist Comeback: The Trump Boom and the Left’s Plot to Stop It’

Despite Andy Puzder’s falling out of his nominee “position” as Trump’s Labor Secretary, he hasn’t fallen out of his good graces. Trump tweeted his backing for the businessman’s book, saying it was bound to be a hit. The book talks about the benefits of having a president who comes from a business background and how Trump’s election will make a difference for the economy, despite the Left’s attempt to stop the change. So far the book has a solid four starts on Amazon across 40 reviews.

More of Trump’s reading recommendations

The above is just a taste of the suggestions that Trump tweeted this year. Others include The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics by Salena Zito and Brad Todd, The Light Within Me: An Inspirational Memoir by Ainsley Earhardt, The Faith of Donald Trump by David Brody and Scott Lamb and What Really Happened: How Donald J. Trump Saved America From Hillary Clinton by Howie Carr. Taking a look at this year’s endorsements, it’s hard not to see a trend!

Past presidential book recommendations

Both Obama and Bush often released lists during their vacations, a perfect time to catch up on books that caught their attention. While Clinton wasn’t known to partake in the vacation reading list releases, he did publish a reading list in honor of National Book Lovers Day. Obama’s list includes a mixture of fiction, biographies and historical accounts while Bush was shown to favor novels, presidential biographies, and even young adult titles. Considering the genres, it’s plain to see there is quite a difference between the current president and former presidents’ taste.

Here are a few former presidential favorites.

  • Barack Obama – Five-Carat Soul by James McBride
  • George W. Bush – The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror by Natan Sharansky’s
  • Bill Clinton – Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
  • George H.W. Bush – War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  • Ronald Reagan – The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
  • Jimmy Carter – Let Us Now Praise Famous Men by James Agee and Walker Evans
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower – A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
  • John F. Kennedy – From Russia with Love by Ian Fleming
  • Abraham Lincoln – Macbeth by William Shakespeare