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What Are the 2016 US Presidential Candidates Reading?
June 6, 2015, 2:05 pm
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They should be reading the Constitution of the United States as well as the Bill of Rights, over and over and over again…but we don’t talk about politics here! We talk about literature.

So what fills up the Republication candidates’ bookshelves? Read on to find out.

*Note: Not all candidate possibles are listed below, either due to lack of information.

american flag mapThe Elephants

Jeb Bush 

  1. Coming Apart: The State of White America, Charles Murray
  2. “Something by Robert Putnam”
  3. Devil in the White City, Erik Larson – I have this book sitting on my “to-read” bookshelf. In fact, I just looked over and spotted it immediately. Definitely have to read that one, pronto!
  4. Their Eyes Were Watching GodZora Neale Hurston
  5. Abraham Lincoln, Lord Charnwood

A special note of thanks to Bush, whose Q&A session in Michigan was the inspiration for this post.

George E. Pataki

  1. The Accidental EmpressAllison Pataki
  2. ¡Adios, America!, Ann Coulter

Bonus: Childhood Favorite: The Little Engine That Could

rand paul

Rand Paul, if he were pop art.

Rand Paul

  1. Clinton CashPeter Schweizer
  2. Zero to One, Peter Thiel
  3. Suicide Pact, Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
  4. Act of War, Brad Thor
  5. True and Constant Friends, Kelley Paul

Rick Santorum

  1. Truly Free, Robert Morris
  2. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkein

Bobby Jindal 

  1. The Bible
  2. The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren
  3. John Henry Newman: A Biography, Ian Ker

Mike Huckabee

  1. The Holy Bible
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  3. Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis
  4. “Anything by Francis Schaeffer”
  5. Theodore and Woodrow, Andrew P. Napolitano

american flagTed Cruz

  1. From Sea to Shining Sea, Callista Gingrich
  2. The Liberty AmendmentsMark Levin
  3. Atlas ShruggedAyn Rand
  4. “I don’t read books that are not the Constitution.” (Not exactly correct, Senator Cruz, judging from the above.)

Scott Walker

  1. When Character Was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan, Peggy Noonan
  2. Real Change, Newt Gingrich
  3. Leadership, Rudy Giuliani

Rick Perry (he’s a maybe)

  1. Geronimo, Mike Leach
  2. Foreign and Domestic, A.J. Tata

The Donkeys

Martin O’Malley

  1. Gardens of Democracy, Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer
  2. The New Democrats and the Return to Power, Al From
Hillary, if someone went a little heavy on the airbrushing.

Hillary, if someone went a little heavy on the airbrushing.

Hillary Clinton

  1. The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt – One of my favorite authors, although I can’t bring myself to read this one just yet.
  2. Mom & Me & Mom, Maya Angelou
  3. The Brothers Karamazov
  4. Decision Points,” by President George W. Bush
  5. The Hare With Amber Eyes,” by Edmund de Waal

Joe Biden (maybe)

  1. American Gospel, Jon Meacham
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

After doing the research for this article, I realized one large thing: I have something in common with a Bush and a Clinton. We like some of the same kinds of books. Who would’ve thunk it?

Which potential presidential candidate has literary tastes similar to your own?


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Please add Bernie Sanders to the donkeys. He’s announced and he’s closing in on Hillary in the straw poll in Wisconsin. She got 48% in a recent poll and he got 41%. He’s the real deal!

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Comment by bhalsop

I couldn’t find any of Sanders’s favorite books 😦 But if you find some, please do let me know, and I’ll add him to the post!

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