The candidates through the books they read
Well, the results are in, and it is interesting to compare what worked and what didn’t for each of the candidates — could it have something to do with the books they read?
On Obama’s list:
Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Self-Reliance, Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon, Shakespeare’s tragedies, Dorris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals, Gilead by Marilynne Robinson.
On Romney’s list:
L. Ron Hubbard’s Battlefield Earth and Bill Bryson’s memoir, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Which is more presidential?
The Telegraph offers a more detailed breakdown of the candidates’ choices, concluding that Obama’s “taste in fiction emerges from the Walt Whitman school of nature-loving, lyrical radicalism” while Romney has “no modern novels on his list and nothing from outside America.”
Claire Kelley is the Director of Library and Academic Marketing at Melville House.