Politicians' Favorite Books: Romney, Obama, Clinton, and More

By Heba Hasan

These political figures shared their favorite works of literature with the public—infer, deduce, and interpret as you please.

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After it was revealed that Paul Ryan was a longtime Ayn Rand fanboy, reporters, critics, and the general public had a literary field day. Out came in-depth analyses of how Ryan's fiscal policies were akin to Randian philosophies, and what character he would play in Atlas Shrugged. It all got us thinking about other political candidates and their literary preferences. Usually politicians are the ones who are being written about in books, not talking about them. So is Obama still as big of a fan of poetry as he was in his college days? Which classic novel for young ladies has a beloved spot on Hillary's bookshelf? We take a stroll through some contemporary politicos' favorite reads.

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