Barack Obama

Today sees the publication of Author in Chief: The Untold Story of Our Presidents and the Books They Wrote (Avid Reader Press, $30) by Craig Fehrman, a journalist and historian who has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and—full disclosure—Fine Books

"I cannot live without books," Thomas Jefferson famously declared, whose library at Monticello (now at the Libary of Congress) is an enduring testament to one of America's best-read presidents.


For the past few decades, right around this time, presidents taking a few days of well-earned

The Lincoln inaugural Bible used by Barack Obama when he took his first presidential oath of office in 2009—which will be used again by the president along with Martin Luther King’s Bible at the second inaugural ceremony on Jan. 21—will go on display at the Library of Congress from Jan. 23 to Feb. 18.


The Lincoln Bible, bound in burgundy velvet with a gold-washed metal rim

[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, hosted a Sunday, March 18th auction featuring broad range of rare antique books, as well as pleasing ephemera, coins and currency, and artwork.  Of particular note were rare first editions of early and modern titles, many of which were signed. This 357-lot auction also featured two impressive personal collections, one containing nautical

As you may have heard by now,
Barack Obama announced his summer reading list the other day.  While, of course, the list is likely only half the story (the half that's been vetted and field-tested for maximum public appeal), it's always interesting to hear what our political leaders read in their downtime.