All the presidents' books

The Americans, lucky blighters, have an election coming up. The sense of eager anticipation is ubiquitous, not because the US public are necessarily the most politically engaged of all peoples, but because they are fired up by the turning of the wheels of history. Regardless of who wins the presidential election in November, the change will be one for the better. And if the win is a Democrat one, whether Obama, as now looks almost inevitable, or Clinton, the free world will have its first black or woman leader.

Election fever has spread so far that it has even penetrated the rarified climate of the New York Times book review. Last week's Sunday supplement ran a feature in which authors were asked which books they'd recommend to the presidential hopefuls....

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