Political Memoirs & Biographies

Tomorrow’s the day – A Promised Land is finally making it’s debut on our shelves here at Towne. It’s been four years in the writing, and is the first of a two volume series. Today, in addition to celebrating Barack Obama’s book birthday, we’re sharing some of our favorite political memoirs and biographies from the past few years, from Michelle, to president-elect Joe Biden, to Obama’s former staffers, there are many poignant and funny stories to be found within these collective pages.

A Promised Land Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524763169
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Published: Crown - November 17th, 2020

A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making—from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy


The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307237705
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Published: Crown - November 6th, 2007

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Barack Obama’s lucid vision of America’s place in the world and call for a new kind of politics that builds upon our shared understandings as Americans, based on his years in the Senate

Becoming Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524763138
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Published: Crown - November 13th, 2018

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States

Barack and Joe: The Making of an Extraordinary Partnership Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316487863
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Published: Hachette Books - October 8th, 2019

A Washington Post 2019 Notable Selection

A vivid and inspiring account of the "bromance" between Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

The Adventures of Barry & Joe: Obama and Biden's Bromantic Battle for the Soul of America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062882905
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Published: Dey Street Books - March 26th, 2019

Brothers from different mothers, bromancing history to save us from Trump. 

These are the continuing adventures of Barack Obama and Joe Biden, time traveling superheroes in search of a brighter future for America. 

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Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250171696
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Published: Flatiron Books - November 20th, 2018

The Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller

From President-Elect Joe Biden, Promise Me Dad is his deeply moving memoir about the year that would forever change both a family and a country.

Promises to Keep Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812976212
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - August 25th, 2008

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • President-elect Joe Biden, the author of Promise Me, Dad, tells the story of his extraordinary life and career prior to his emergence as Barack Obama’s beloved, influential vice president.

The Truths We Hold: An American Journey Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525560739
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Published: Penguin Books - August 4th, 2020

The #1 New York Times bestseller

From Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, one of America's most inspiring political leaders, a book about the core truths that unite us, and the long struggle to discern what those truths are and how best to act upon them, in her own life and across the life of our country

Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062568441
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Published: Ecco - September 4th, 2018


An Esquire Best Book of 2017

If your funny older sister were the former deputy chief of staff to President Barack Obama, her behind-the-scenes political memoir would look something like this . . .

Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538711705
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Published: Twelve - June 18th, 2019

From Obama's former communications director and current co-host of Pod Save America comes a colorful account of how politics, the media, and the Internet changed during the Obama presidency and how Democrats can fight back in the Trump era.

The World as It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525509370
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 2nd, 2019

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From one of Barack Obama’s most trusted aides comes a revelatory behind-the-scenes account of his presidency—and how idealism can confront harsh reality and still survive.

West Winging It: An Un-presidential Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501178306
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Published: Gallery Books - November 6th, 2018

The West Wing meets The Office in this “funny, moving story about working in the White House that is a must read for anyone who misses having Barack Obama as President” (Dan Pfeiffer, cohost of Pod Save America), directly from his senior writer and former Deputy Director of Messaging.

West Winging It is the “fitfully funny…warm and