Are You Reading What He’s Reading?

Endorsements can help the sales of books, or, at least, get them on reading lists.

Jennifer Schuessler notes in her NY Times article that Obama’s reading of his pre-publication copy of Franzen’s Freedom helped put it on the best-seller list- probably even before it was published.

Always looking for something to read?   Here’s a checklist for you – books to read to keep up…

Besides Franzen’s Freedom, Obama has inadvertently endorsed:

  • Lush Life by Richard Price
  • Netherland by Joseph O’Neill
  • Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  • A Few Corrections by Brad Leithauser

Bill Clinton has a list of his 21 favorite books, including

  • You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

For the more Clinton favorites, see http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/11/21/politics/main585068.shtml

George W.  lists The Raven: A Biography of Sam Houston, by Marquis James  among his faves.

Richard Nixon, that great hater of intellectuals (and avid reader of Tolstoy) {noted in 1974}… “I am not educated, but I do read books.”