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The New York Times asks sundry intellectuals to offer book recommendations to the presidential contenders. Daniel Drezner offers his own recommendations as does Ezra Klein. Sadly, nobody mentions Heads in the Sand.

But if I were president, I think I'd really be trying hard to stay away from books about politics and public policy -- you get that all day! Plus I'd say one good thing about being president is that if you ever want some writer/thinker/analyst to explain his ideas and their implications for you, you can easily get him to stop by your office for a chat. I'd say the president should focus his reading energies on big, long nineteenth century novels. War and Peace, Moby Dick, Crime and Punishment -- those are some good books! And with any luck, they'll remind you that there are crucial elements -- probably the most crucial elements -- of human life that transcend the domain of the political.

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Matthew Yglesias is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.

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