Reader recommendation: Barack Obama Monitor readers share their favorite book picks. By Martha Barkley, Charleston, S.C. October 12, 2012 About video ads View Caption of Barack Obama: The Story, David Maraniss’s biography of the US president, is marvelous. As a writer of history, Maraniss is like David McCullough. You just want to read every word. Can you guess which literary work goes with each final line? Take our quiz!