Barack Obama's Favorite 2019 Books Includes A Takedown of Facebook and Google's Business Model

Former President Barack Obama on Saturday afternoon released his favorite books from 2019. Among the many on the list was The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power, written by Shoshana Zuboff, a Harvard Business School professor who calls for the fighting the economic dominance of Facebook and Google.

Obama tweeted his list of books, saying his favorite movies and movies will soon follow.

"As we wind down 2019, I wanted to share with you my annual list of favorites that made the last year a little brighter. We'll start with books today — movies and music coming soon. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did," the 44th president wrote.

The first book on the list by Zuboff details the cost of placing prices on private data, and she says leaders should pay close attention to companies that simultaneously have power over the economy and society. She outlines how big tech companies like Facebook and Google profit off of personal information spread throughout multiple devices by its users.

"Zuboff's book is the information industry's Silent Spring," wrote Chris Hoofnagle of the University of California—Berkeley

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Here's the full list of Obama's favorite books, sports recommendations and books suggested from earlier this year.

Favorite Books of 2019

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power by Shoshana Zuboff

The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company by William Dalrymple

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell

Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

Lot: Stories by Bryan Washington

Normal People by Sally Rooney

The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson

The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe

Solitary by Albert Woodfox

The Topeka School by Ben Lerner

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

We Live in Water: Stories by Jess Walter

Barack Obama Books
President Barack Obama (R) and first lady Michelle Obama (L) imitate monsters as they read "Where the wild things are"during the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House March 28, 2016 in Washington, DC. The tradition dates back to 1878 when President Rutherford B. Hayes allowed children to roll eggs on the South Lawn. Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images

Books for Sports Fans

A Different Way to Win: Dan Rooney's Story from the Super Bowl to the Rooney Rule by Jim Rooney

The Sixth Man by Andre Iguodala

Books Obama Recommended Earlier in 2019

American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson

The Education of an Idealist by Samantha Power

Exhalation by Ted Chiang

Finding My Voice by Valerie Jarrett

Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh

How to Read the Air by Dinaw Mengestu

Inland by Tea Obreht

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive by Stephanie Land

Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami

The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The Shadow of Sirius by W.S. Merwin

The Shallows by Nicholas Carr

Toni Morrison's collected works

Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For by Susan Rice

The Warmth of Other suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

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