Barack Obama: The Story
By David Maraniss (Simon and Schuster, $32.50)
A narrative that begins decades prior to Obama’s birth and ends in 1990.
The Obamians: The Struggle Inside the White House to Redefine American Power By James Mann (Viking, $26.95)
The successor volume to “Rise of the Vulcans,” Mann’s sketch of the foreign-policy worldview of those surrounding George W. Bush.
Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age
of Discontent By E.J. Dionne Jr. (Bloomsbury, $27)
A thoughtful attempt to restore civic grace and productive political conversation.