President Obama's summer reading list revealed

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President Obama has brought some books with him on his extended late-summer holiday on Martha's Vineyard -- he arrived on Aug. 7 and he's staying until Aug. 23 -- to go along with the prodigious amount of golf he'll be playing, including a round with Curb Your Enthusiasm creator Larry David.

Here's what's on the president's reading list:

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow
The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
All That Is by James Salter
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri


Photos of Obama on vacation this summer in Martha's Vineyard:

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President Barack Obama, left, bike rides with daughter Malia Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, on the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest bike path outside of West Tisbury, Mass., during the Obama family vacation on the island of Martha's Vineyard. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Barack Obama and his daughter Malia Obama board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, en route to return to the Obama family vacation on the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard, after the president briefly returned to Washington to attend meetings. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
President Barack Obama orders lunch at Nancy's restaurant in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. The President and first lady are on vacation on the island. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
FILE - This Aug. 11, 2013, file photo shows President Barack Obama reacting as he misses a shot while golfing on the first hole at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard. President Obama has booked a two-week summer getaway on the picturesque Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard. It will be the longest summer vacation of his presidency. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
WEST TISBURY , MA - AUGUST 16: U.S. President Barack Obama (L) his daughter Malia Obama ride a bike during a vacation on Martha's Vineyard August 16, 2013in West Tisbury, Massachusetts. Obama and his family are on a weeklong vacation. (Photo by Rick Friedman-Pool/Getty Images)
A cut-out photograph of President Barack Obama, center, is positioned near the entrance of a shop, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard. President Obama and his family are expected to return to the island off the Massachusetts mainland for a summer vacation. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
President Barack Obama greets people before ordering lunch at Nancy's restaurant in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. The President and first lady are on vacation on the island. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama, wearing a Nike golf shirt, selects a club while golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard. No doubt President Barack Obama is fond of Nike. Golf outings often find him decked out from head to toe in apparel featuring the emblematic company swoosh. Now he’s putting the company logo on his trade agenda. On Friday, the president will visit Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, to make his trade policy pitch as he struggles to win over Democrats for what could be the last major legislative push of his presidency. But in choosing the giant sneaker and athletic wear company as his backdrop, Obama has stirred a hornets’ nest. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
President Barack Obama smiles while golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2014. In a rare move for him, the president planned a break in the middle of his Martha's Vineyard vacation to return to Washington Sunday night for unspecified meetings with Vice President Joe Biden and other advisers. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
CHILMARK, MA - AUGUST 20: A motorcade carrying U.S. President Barack Obama leaves Blue Heron Farm August 20, 2011 in Chilmark, Massachusetts. The President attended a social event at the home of Harvard professor Charles Ogletree in Oak Bluffs. This is the third year the president has taken his vacation on Martha's Vineyard. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
OAK BLUFFS, MA - AUGUST 20: Residents watch as the motorcade carrying U.S. President Barack Obama passes by August 20, 2011 in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts. The President attended a social event at the home of Harvard professor Charles Ogletree in Oak Bluffs. This is the third year the president has taken his vacation on Martha's Vineyard. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
A photograph of President Barack Obama, top, is attached to a shelf near hats and souvenir clothing in a shop, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard. President Obama and his family are expected to return to the island off the Massachusetts mainland for a summer vacation. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
VINEYARD HAVEN, MA - AUGUST 19: U.S. President Barack Obama (L) waves to the crowd after he and daughters Sasha (3rd L) leave the Bunch of Grapes Book Store August 19, 2011 on Martha's Vineyard, Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts. Obama and his family are on a 10-day vacation on the island. (Photo by CJ Gunther-Pool/Getty Images)
First lady Michelle Obama, left, bikes rides with President Barack Obama and daughter Malia Obama on the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest bike path, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, outside of West Tisbury, Mass., during the Obama family vacation on the island of Martha's Vineyard. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Barack Obama sits in a golf cart while golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Obama is vacationing on the island. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
President Barack Obama walks with daughter Malia Obama, left, and first lady Michelle Obama, right, as they exit Air Force One at Cape Cod Coast Guard Air Station in Bourne, Mass., Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, en route to family vacation on the island of Martha's Vineyard which comes as the U.S. is engaged in airstrikes against Islamic militant targets in Iraq. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
A passer-by, right, walks past a storefront that features cut-outs of President Barack Obama, left, and first lady Michelle Obama, center, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard. President Obama and his family are returning to the island off the Massachusetts mainland Saturday. The president is doing something unusual with his summer vacation on Martha's Vineyard: He'll come back to Washington midway through the getaway to attend White House meetings. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
A souvenir hat rests on a tee shirt commemorating an anticipated visit by President Barack Obama to Martha's Vineyard, in a shop, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard. President Obama and his family are expected to return to the island off the Massachusetts mainland for a summer vacation. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
President Barack Obama and daughter Malia Obama walk to the Marine One helicopter from Air Force One at Cape Cod Coast Guard Air Station in Bourne, Mass., Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, as they return to the Obama family vacation on the island of Martha's Vineyard. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One with his daughter Malia Obama at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, en route to return to the Obama family vacation on the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard, after the president briefly returned to Washington to attend meetings. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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Some quick notes on his choices:

Coates is the hottest African-American intellectual out there right now. His case for slavery reparations in The Atlantic last year made a huge stir. And he's helping David Simon pen his Martin Luther King Jr. miniseries for HBO. Between the World and Me is a memoir written in the form of an essay to his son that explores what it means to be a black male in today's America.

Chernow has also been in the news lately, but for one of his older books, Alexander Hamilton, which was the inspiration for Lin-Manuel Miranda's hot, hip musical (read THR's cover story on it here). In this book his goal is to replace the myth with a man, so as to appreciate him more. Presidents love to read biographies of other presidents. Sometime during their term, every president turns to either Washington or Lincoln.

New Yorker writer Kolbert argues humans are changing the world so much -- "reassembling the biosphere," in her words -- that it's going to bring on the sixth great extinction of life in Earth's history. Scary stuff and sure to reinforce the Republican view that Obama's environmental policies are bad since, as a general rule, the party dismisses the idea of climate change and the human impact on the biosphere

Obama's three novels -- All That Is, All The Light We Cannot See and The Lowland -- show an interest in highbrow literary fiction. No cheesy beach-read page-turners here. Salter won a prestigious PEN/Faulkner award, while Lahiri and Doerr won Pulitzers. Interestingly, all three novels are set in the '40s to '60s period. All That Is is about an American naval officer coming to terms with his World War II service. All the Light We Cannot See is about a blind French girl and a German boy whose lives intersect during WWII. Lowland is an India-set novel about two brothers growing up in Calcutta in the '50s and '60s.


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