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Booklist: Presidential Reading


In Deep: The FBI, the CIA, and the Truth About America’s “Deep State”

Readers seeking to know the origins of the deep state and how the concept evolved will be enlightened by Rohde’s compelling study.

The Influence of Soros: Politics, Power, and the Struggle for an Open Society

Readers who enjoy political history and international relations will find this book informative and useful.

The Firsts: The Inside Story of the Women Reshaping Congress

Steinhauer provides an in-depth look at the women who historically changed the face and composition of Congress. Readers interested in women in politics and government will enjoy the book and appreciate the author’s thorough research.

Somebody’s Gotta Do It: Why Cursing at the News Won’t Save the Nation, But Your Name on a Local Ballot Can

Using humor and anecdotes, Martini shows the importance of running for local office and helps provide a broader understanding of local government. Readers interested in learning about government organization and policy, and those who might want to run for office one day will enjoy the insights and lessons offered throughout.

Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power

An engaging and valuable explication of one of the most confusing and complex topics in today's society.

Shortest Way Home: One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future

Buttigieg, a rising political star who was reelected mayor in 2016, offers an engaging story and guidance for nontraditional approaches to municipal leadership. Readers interested in politics, urban planning, and coming-of-age stories will especially enjoy this personal history.

America, Compromised

Readers concerned about the integrity of the country's core institutions will be enlightened—and perhaps even inspired to take action—by this erudite analysis.

From the Corner of the Oval: A Memoir

Dorey-Stein offers a fascinating look at the lower-level workings of White House operations. Readers who enjoy insider stories about the presidential office, specifically the Obama administration, will enjoy this book immensely.

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