“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
Barack Obama’s 2019 Summer Reading List
I’ve always loved weekends because they provide me with a little extra time to make my way through the books and articles I’d been meaning to dig into. Here are a handful articles I’ve read over the past few weeks that stuck with me.
Now, I don’t always agree with every single thing that’s in them and, in fact, occasionally they contain things that are critical of my record as president. But one of the thing I strive toward is finding smart, thoughtful writing from people who have a different political perspective than I do. These stories further my understanding about some key public policy challenges — like the economy, technology, and criminal justice. They provoke me to think about problems in a new way. And they remind me about the urgency of certain issues that deserve more attention than they often receive.
So for anybody looking to be part of a solution, I hope these articles will give you some fresh perspectives — and I’ll keep them coming in the weeks ahead.
- “How the Upper Middle Class Is Really Doing” in the New York Times by David
- “White Nationalism’s Deep American Roots” in the Atlantic by Adam Serwer.
- “Keep It Simple and Take Credit” in Democracy: A Journal of Ideas by Jack Meserve.
- “Alabama’s Gruesome Prisons: Report Finds Rape and Murder at All Hours” in the New York Times by Katie Benner and Shaila Dewan.
- “‘Change My View’ Reddit Community Launches Its Own Website” in WIRED by Arielle
Article posted April 27, 2019 by Barack Obama