Obama’s summer holiday reading list: 2,300 pages
The brainy president has brought along a stack of five books– three novels and two works of non-fiction — to amuse himself in between rounds of golf, visits with friends, activities with his family and the inescapable business of running the country while he is on the Massachusetts island.
Two of the novels are thrillers, but his reading list is hardly light, literally or figuratively, with a total for the five books of more than 2,300 pages.
Here’s what’s on Obama’s holiday reading list:
“The Way Home” by George Pelecanos, is a thriller set in Washington, DC, a city that should be familiar to a president and former senator. The crime novel by the best-selling author explores the relationship between a father and his son.
“Hot, Flat and Crowded,” by the New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, is a non-fiction book that looks at one of Obama’s top policy issues — climate change — as well as what Friedman considers the United States’ loss of hope and purpose since the September 11 attacks.
The president’s fourth book, “Plainsong” by Kent Haruf, is the shortest of his choices, at just 301 pages. It is a novel about small town life in Colorado.
And the president’s fifth choice is about one of his most distant predecessors, David McCullough’s sweeping biography of the second U.S. president, “John Adams,” which comes in at 768 pages.
Reuters photos by Jason Reed (Obama waves as he plays golf, and a storefront sign welcomes the president and his family to Martha’s Vineyard)