What Books Are On Obama’s Shelf?
Ah yes. Nothing like talking about the president to the stir the pot.
Though I have an undergrad degree in political science, I won’t bore you with political talk. In fact, I wouldn’t have much to say anyway. I received my political science degree many years ago, back when I actually believed politicians had something to offer.
Anyway, I digress. What was this post about? Oh yeah, Obama’s books.
So our friends over at The Daily Beast recently listed all of the books Obama has read since he became president in 2008.
Here’s a few that made the list. I’ll comment on each.
Our Kind of Traitor: John Le Carre’s latest novel. You might remember Le Carre from The Spy Who Came In From The Cold. The novel is about spies and tennis. Huh?
President Reagan: The Role of A Lifetime. Labeled as “the single best book about the Reagan presidency.” Author Lou Cannon recounts the Reagan presidency from his years covering the Gipper in office.
What is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng: Dave Eggers is one of my favorite nonfiction writers. I haven’t read this book, but it’s about a Sudanese refugee who was a member of the Lost Boys of Sudan program.
John Adams: David McCullough’s wildly-successful biography of the second U.S. president. This book was the basis for the popular HBO mini-series.
I really like Obama’s reading selections. From just looking at the five books I listed above, you can tell he’s got diverse reading taste–fiction, non-fiction, history, social justice, and even a book about Ronald Reagan. I’ll give Obama props for reading about a president that, philosophically, is worlds apart from him.
If you’re interested in the entire list of Obama’s reads, here’s the list.
What are your thoughts on his reading selections? What are some books that you think are fit for a president to read? (Please, no political debate!)