Angela Merkel Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany
Barack Obama President of the United States of America
David Cameron Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Dilma Rousseff President of the Republic of Brazil
Felipe Calderón Hinojosa Former President of Mexico
François Hollande President of the French Republic
Manmohan Singh Prime Minister of India
Nelson Mandela Winner, Nobel Peace Prize 1993
Oscar Carlos Arias Sánchez Winner, Nobel Peace Prize 1987
Stephen Harper Prime Minister of Canada
Vladimir Putin President of the Russian Federation
Wen Jiabao Former Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China
Yoshihiko Noda Prime Minister of Japan


Connecting Cultures

What role does reading play in the lives of these world leaders, and what are some of their favorite books? Click and drag to explore the rest of the map

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