How to Read Like a President

Essay – How to Read Like a President –
“You can tell a lot about a president — or a presidential candidate — by what he reads, or says he reads,” declares Jon Meacham, editor of Newsweek, in this essay in the New York Times.

After discussing both John McCain’s and Barack Obama’s favorite books, Meacham concludes:

McCain and Obama are so different in so many ways, but they do share one thing: a kind of tragic sensibility. Judging from the books they cite as most important, they embrace hope but recognize the reality that life is unlikely to conform to our wishes.

Will knowing about each candidate’s favorite books influence how you vote next Tuesday?

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