What do the Presidential candidates read?

The Associated Press has asked current Presidential candidates questions aimed at revealing their “personal side.”  What was the last book of fiction they read?  Political thrillers were popular, and Grisham got two votes.  Some can’t (or chose not to) distinguish non-fiction from fiction; some tried to cutely score political points.  Dennis Kucinich chose a book by Alan Lightman, an MIT professor from the Boston area.  Here’s the full list:


Biden: “Runaway Jury” by John Grisham.

Clinton: “Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Dodd: “The Broker” by John Grisham.

Edwards: “Exile” by Richard North Patterson.

Kucinich: “Einstein’s Dreams” by Alan Lightman.

Obama: “Gilead” by Marilynne Robinson.

Richardson: “The administration’s energy plan.”


Brownback: “The Dream Giver” by Bruce Wilkinson with David and Heather Kopp.

Giuliani: “The Beach House” by James Patterson and Peter De Jonge.

Huckabee: “My oldest son’s screenplay.”

Hunter: “The Democrats’ proposal to balance the budget.”

McCain: “A Farewell to Arms” by Ernest Hemingway.

Romney: “Term Limits” by Vince Flynn.

Tancredo: “An Inconvenient Truth” by Al Gore.

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