I have a bit of an Obama-centric post today, which is fitting given that the US election is in the horizon and we are all missing Barack and Michelle (aren't we?). By the way, I refer to them by their first names here even though I know the proper address is President and Mrs. Obama.
Anyway, the first book is American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson.
I added this to my reading list after seeing it was on Barack's reading list. I could tell by reading it why he found it particularly interesting. It mostly takes place in the 1980s when America was involved in removing the newly elected president of Burkino Faso. The main character works for the FBI and then is brought in to do some spying and maybe more. There were a lot of political and also governmental aspects to the work she did and the involvement with Burkino Faso. I'm sure Barack would have been well aware of what happened in Africa and other countries where the US (and other countries) inserted themselves into the mix to cause certain outcomes. It has happened for many years and is still going on. Being President, Barack would have known even more than what has been made public.
And the second book was also probably a Barack favourite - Becoming by Michelle Obama.