10 books that take readers inside the lives of American leaders

10 books that take readers inside the lives of American leaders

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While there are so many departments to browse while exploring a store online or in person, these days it's difficult to ignore the intrigue surrounding American leadership and the mechanisms that can cause a singular decision to create a global impact.

From past presidents and rising political stars to inspirational, quintessential American journeys and historic perspectives, there is a lot to encounter. That can be a bit overwhelming so, to help get you started, here are 10 curated books that are currently available at a great price.

1. A Promised Land by Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama to join NBA Africa as strategic partner Obama setting up big bash to celebrate his 60th A path to climate, economic and environmental justice is finally on the horizon MORE

The United States' 44th President takes readers inside his White House experience and what led to it, with a focus on an astounding political ascension and the experiences that played a role. Topics include Obama's early life, initial political campaigns, presidential aspirations, and the killing of terrorist Osama bin Laden.

2. His Truth Is Marching On: John LewisJohn LewisNative Americans are targets of voter suppression too Ethics panel taking no action after Joyce Beatty's arrest at protest Rep. Hank Johnson among demonstrators arrested at voting rights protest MORE and the Power of Hope by Jon Meacham

An intimate portrait of John Lewis, who was a civil rights icon and longtime congressman prior to his death in 2020. Author Jon Meacham previously won the Pulitzer Prize for his work on American Lion, a biography of former United States President Andrew Jackson.

3. Rage by Bob Woodward

Legendary American journalist Bob Woodward provides a deep dive into Donald TrumpDonald TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit MORE, the United States' 45th President, and the ramifications of his term in office. Focus spans from reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic and racial unrest, to high-level administration relationships and international diplomacy.

4. Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue: A Life's Work Fighting for a More Perfect Union by Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgAnti-abortion movement eyes its holy grail Abortion rights face most difficult test yet at Supreme Court Mississippi's attorney general asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade MORE

Less than a year after her death, this is a curation of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's last book, exploring her legacy and pursuit for equality. Nearly three full decades of Supreme Court service make RBG among the most influential figures in an ever-evolving national law landscape.

5. Madam Speaker: Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse to resume mask mandate after new CDC guidance McCarthy pulls GOP picks off House economic panel GOP up in arms over Cheney, Kinzinger MORE and the Lessons of Power by Susan Page

Don't miss this definitive biography on the most powerful woman in American politics. The 52nd Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi has served in Congress on behalf of California since 1987, and her impact is detailed vividly by USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page.

6. The Truths We Hold: An American Journey by Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisWant to improve vaccine rates? Ask for this endorsement Biden celebrates anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act Will Pence primary Trump — and win? MORE

The United States' first female vice president provides a compelling perspective on her path to prominence. The daughter of immigrants, Kamala Harris shares details from an upbringing that helped shape her view on American values as well as from her ascension as a California attorney general and senator.

7. Every Day Is a Gift by Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthOvernight Defense: Senators reach billion deal on emergency Capitol security bill | House panel looks to help military sexual assault survivors | US increases airstrikes to help Afghan forces fight Taliban Democrats pushing for changes to bipartisan infrastructure deal 10 books that take readers inside the lives of American leaders MORE

A United States senator and Army combat veteran, Tammy Duckworth shares an incredible story, and it's one that is sure to inspire readers of all ages. Prior to entering politics and becoming an Illinois senator, she dealt with a double leg amputation as a result of injuries suffered in the Iraq War.

8. Promises to Keep by Joe BidenJoe BidenRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Iowa governor suggests immigrants partially to blame for rising COVID-19 cases Biden officials pledge to confront cybersecurity challenges head-on MORE

Thirteen years before he won the election and became the United States' 46th President, Joe Biden published this book during his 2008 presidential campaign. Biden, who went on to become a two-term vice president under Barack Obama, details his youthful years, the 1972 car accident that killed his wife and their daughter, and an up-and-down political path.

9. Persist by Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOn The Money: Schumer, Warren call on Biden to extend student loan pause | IMF estimates 6 percent global growth this year Schumer, Warren call on Biden to extend student loan pause and wipe out K per borrower Senate confirms Biden's Air Force secretary MORE

Massachusetts senator and 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is viewed by many as a beacon of hope within the American progressive movement. Her agenda and ambition have led to interesting relationships across Washington, D.C., and bold ideas for economic evolution. This new release covers a lot of ground.

10. Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service by Carol Leonnig

Carol Leonnig, a Pulitzer Prize winner and longtime investigative journalist with the Washington Post, penned this enlightening novel on the realities facing America's Secret Service. This detailed account features fallout from the Kennedy assassination and reaches up to the January 6th insurrection. 

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