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Obama memoir, bodybuilding book included in $80G order for US Africa embassy


FILE: A member of the audience waits with her copy of President Obama's book "Dreams from my Father" as Obama meets workers in the audience following remarks at Linamar Corporation. (REUTERS)

The State Department placed an eclectic book order for a U.S. embassy in Africa on Friday, including volumes of President Barack Obama’s first autobiography "Dreams from My Father" and the "Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding."

The nearly $80,000 order for the American Embassy in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, will add 1,716 books to its library, ranging from subjects on self help to feminism.

Near the top of the list are four copies of "Les Rêves de Mon Père," the French translation of "Dreams from My Father," Obama’s first memoir published in 1995 when he was 34 years old. "The Audacity of Hope" was also ordered.

"Nudge: La méthode douce pour inspirer la bonne decision," or “the gentle method to inspire the right decision,” by Obama’s former regulatory czar Cass Sunstein was also purchased. The book examines the “libertarian paternalism” philosophy of using government to nudge people into “more rational behavior.”

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