Welcome to the first online exhibit of the American Writers Museum.
Explore, learn, and engage in a conversation about how literary works influence lives.

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader – Margaret Fuller –
I cannot live without books. – Thomas Jefferson –
A man is known by the books he reads … – Ralph Waldo Emerson –
Literature reflects the chief characteristics of the people for whom, and about whom, it is written. – Edith Wharton –


Connecting Cultures

What role does reading play in the lives of these world leaders, and what are some of their favorite books? Click on a country to explore.



Recommend Books

Join the conversation by submitting your reading suggestions for world leaders, here or through your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account.



Share Inspiration

American writers tell us which books have been especially important to them, and offer their reading suggestions for world leaders.


What is the Power of the Word Exhibit?

Power of the Word: Leaders, Readers and Writers is the first online exhibition of The American Writers Museum. As world leaders gather in the U.S. this spring, The American Writers Museum Foundation is inviting American writers and readers to explore the power of the word and join in a discussion of how American books can help readers in other parts of the world better understand our culture.

Leaders Gallery

An exploration into what some of the world’s most powerful leaders like to read, and how reading has influenced them.

Writers Gallery

American writers comment on their early experiences with reading and name the books they think world leaders should read in order to better understand American culture.

Readers Gallery

An interactive, open forum where readers are invited to join the discussion by answering the question: Which American works of literature do you think leaders from other nations should read in order to gain a better understanding of America?

We would like to thank our exhibit sponsors for their generous support:


What is The American Writers Museum?

The mission of The American Writers Museum Foundation is to establish the first national museum in the United States dedicated to engaging the public in celebrating American writers and exploring their influence on our history, our identity, our culture and our daily lives. Learn more at www.americanwritersmuseum.org