The Daily Beast must have had some spare time on their hands, as they have come out with a list of all the books that Barack Obama was seen reading during the presidential election campaign.
The Daily Beast has combed newspaper archives and peeked into Air Force One tote bags to bring you the complete list of the books Obama has been reading—or, well, strategically let on that he is reading—since the beginning of the 2008 campaign. This is the Barack Obama Book Club, and the list shows a predilection for presidential profiles, a weakness for explain-it-all bestsellers, and the occasional hankering for literary fiction.
- What is the what : the autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng by Dave Eggers
- Netherland by Joseph O’Neill.
- Common Wealth: Economics for a crowded planet by Jeffrey D Sachs
- Lincoln: The biography of a writer by Fred Kaplan
- Defining moment: FDR’s hundred days and the triumph of hope by Jonathan Atler
- FDR by Jean Edward Smith
- Ghost wars : the secret history of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet invasion to September 10, 2001 by Steve Coll
- Collected poems 1948 – 1984 by Derek Walcott
- Hot, flat and crowded : why the world needs a green revolution– and how we can renew our global future by Thomas L Freidman
- Unequal democracy: The political economy of the new guilded age by Larry Bartels
- Team of rivals : the political genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
- The Post American world by Fareed Zakaria.
Christchurch City Libraries is obviously well up with the President as we have most of these titles, however it could be interesting to ponder what titles might grace the bedside tables of some of our politicians?