All The President's Books

Maybe this makes me a sucker, but I find it perfectly plausible that George W. Bush reads a book every 4-5 days. I doubt that most of them are dense works of public policy (or searing critiques of his Administration), but what we know about the President's personal habits - particularly his attachment to a bourgeois, early-to-bed early-to-rise lifestyle that includes a librarian wife - suggests the kind of guy who reads for a while before bed without fail, and probably reads extensively on plane trips as well. He strikes me as the kind of male reader who makes Harlan Coben novels and Joseph Ellis books into bestsellers - not a omnivorous wonk like Clinton, or a would-be intellectual like Gore, but a reader nonetheless.

Ross Douthat is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.

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