Read like a President

What’s Obama reading these days? Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin is one book Obama read that may be shaping his Cabinet picks. It is a book about Lincoln successfully incorporating his opponents into his Cabinet. He has also been seen reading Post-American World by Fareed Zakaria, about international relations in the 21st century. According to the blog Book Patrol, Obama’s biographer, David Mendel said that Obama became a big reader in college, reading everything. His booklist included Herman Melville, Toni Morrison, E.L. Doctorow (cited as his favorite before he switched to Shakespeare), Philip Roth, Nietzsche, Reinhold Niebuhr, Ralph Ellison, Malcolm X, and the legendary community activist Saul Alinsky. Book Patrol thinks that Obama will be the most literary president we’ve had in the White House in years. Pick up one of these books, and you, too, can read like a President.