Adam Ash

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Monday, December 05, 2005

Bookplanet: Bush and Clinton's favorite books

Personally, I don’t think Bush reads at all. He was seen to get off a helicopter months apart, holding the same book, The History of Salt. An obvious con. He may have read, or been read to, when he was a kid: hence the kiddies books on his list.
I wouldn’t be surprised if this list of books contains ALL the books he has ever read in his entire life. There was publicity about him reading the latest Tom Wolfe novel about today's college kids, though (still a frat boy, it seems).

George Bush's Favorite Books:

The Raven: A Biography of Sam Houston
The Good Life and Its Discontents: The American Dream in the Age of Entitlement
The Dream and the Nightmare: The Sixties' Legacy to the Underclass

Then there are 7 others, all kiddie books:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Sarah's Flag for Texas
James and the Giant Peach
My Side of the Mountain Trilogy
Tuck Everlasting
The Wind in the Willows
Just So Stories

Clinton is known to be a voracious reader, and probably one of the most intelligent presidents we’ve ever had, up there with Teddy Roosevelt, Adams, Jefferson and Lincoln. Clinton's list of fave books bear this out: it's a proper intellectual's list. I believe that if he'd been president during and after 9/11, he would’ve had an opportunity to be one of our greatest presidents. Dem Prez candidate Gore looks like a studious reader, too. Pity we voted for the worst when we needed the best.

Bill Clinton's Favorite Books:

"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," Maya Angelou.
"Meditations," Marcus Aurelius.
"The Denial of Death," Ernest Becker.
"Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-1963," Taylor Branch.
"Living History," Hillary Rodham Clinton.
"Lincoln," David Herbert Donald.
"The Four Quartets," T.S. Eliot.
"Invisible Man," Ralph Ellison.
"The Way of the World: From the Dawn of Civilizations to the Eve of the Twenty-First Century," David Fromkin.
"One Hundred Years of Solitude," Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
"The Cure at Troy: A Version of Sophocles' Philoctetes," Seamus Heaney.
"King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa," Adam Hochschild.
"The Imitation of Christ," Thomas a Kempis.
"Homage to Catalonia," George Orwell.
"The Evolution of Civilizations: An Introduction to Historical Analysis," Carroll Quigley.
"Moral Man and Immoral Society: A Study in Ethics and Politics," Reinhold Niebuhr.
"The Confessions of Nat Turner," William Styron.
"Politics as a Vocation," Max Weber.
"You Can't Go Home Again," Thomas Wolfe.
"Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny," Robert Wright.
"The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats," William Butler Yeats.


At 9/20/2006 9:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that is a great list I mean the clinton's list and for bush I am not sure if he ever reads. I think Clinton as u said that he was the best president the US had in a very long time and I am speaking as outsider not as US citizen. thank you


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