(These are NOT the politicians’ favorites. Just some of my current reads. Danielle recommended Auntie Mame while she was here visiting. Chris Cleave and James Baldwin have been my favorite authors. Have you read Gold yet?)
Ever since the word got out that Paul Ryan was a longtime Ayn Rand fanboy, reporters, critics, and the general public had a literary field day. Out in the media are deluges of in-depth analyses of how Ryan’s fiscal policies were akin to Randian philosophies, and what character he would play in Atlas Shrugged. (Really?) It all got us thinking about other political candidates and their literary preferences.
How about a game? Match the politicians with their favorite books.
1. Hilary Clinton
2. Barack Obama
3. Sarah Palin
4. John McCain
5. Mitt Romeney
6. Bill Clinton
7. Joe Biden
8. Michele Bachmann
9. George W. Bush
a) The Good Life and Its Discontents: The American Dream in the Age of Entitlement by Robert J. Samuelson
b) Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
c) American Gospel by Jon Meacham
d) Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
e) The Chronicles of Narnia C.S. Lewis
f) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
g) Call of Duty: The Sterling Nobility of Robert E. Lee by J. Steven Wilkins
h) For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
i) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
You can check your answer by clicking here. Obviously the politicians’ picks aren’t much up my alley. I have only read For Whom the Bell Tolls and I was underwhelmed. Atlas Shrugged has been on my list ever since I finished The Fountainhead. I am so voting for President Obama because he has good reading taste.