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Obama's 'favorite books of 2019' list includes a title that slammed his administration's incestuous relationship with Google

Obama's 'favorite books of 2019' list includes a title that slammed his administration's incestuous relationship with Google
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It's an annual tradition for former US president Barack Obama to share his favorite books of the year.




He posted his 19 favorite books of 2019 to Twitter on Saturday, with the list including titles that range from fiction to biographies and essays.




But some were surprised to see the 44th president recommend a non-fiction book called "Surveillance Capitalism," a stinging critique of Silicon Valley that slated the Obama administration's close ties to US tech firms such as Google.




The book's author, Shoshana Zuboff, argued that a revolving door of staff between Google and the Obama administration helped it fight off potentially harmful regulation.




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It's become an annual tradition for former US president Barack Obama to release a list of his favorite books of the year.
He posted his top reads from 2019 to Twitter on Saturday, listing a diverse range of 19 titles such as Hilary Mantel's novel about Thomas Cromwell, "Wolf Hall," and Sally Rooney's popular novel "Normal People." The titles also include biographies, histories, and essays.
One book that, perhaps surprisingly, topped Obama's list was the non-fiction title by Harvard professor Shoshana Zuboff, "The Age of Surveillance Capitalism."
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