Saturday, August 26, 2006

 
Here's an interesting article about presidential reading lists--and whether presidents actually read the books they say they do:

“I don’t know if most presidents spent their time reading,” said Henry Graff, professor emeritus of history at Columbia. “Grover Cleveland didn’t read even after he became a trustee of Princeton. A curator of the F.D.R. Library told me that Roosevelt collected books, but he didn’t read them.”

Harry Truman was a very prolific reader, according to David McCullough's laudatory biography, a book that went a long way toward elevating Truman's reputation as one of the 20th century's most admired presidents. Truman could not afford to attend college, and reading was a way for him to continue his education.

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