It practically goes without saying, but throughout history our nation’s presidents have been avid readers. This Washington Post article highlights some of the books that have helped shape presidential viewpoints over the years.
From the article, written by Tevi Troy: “In a historical sense, Obama follows a long line of ardent presidential readers, paging all the way back to the founders. John Adams’s library had more than 3,000 volumes — including Cicero, Plutarch and Thucydides — heavily inscribed with the president’s marginalia. Thomas Jefferson’s massive book collection launched him into debt and later became the backbone for the Library of Congress. “I cannot live without books,” he confessed to Adams. And it’s likely that no president will ever match the Rough Rider himself, who charged through multiple books in a single day and wrote more than a dozen well-regarded works, on topics ranging from the War of 1812 to the American West.”