Favorite Reads of the Potential Presidentials

For the past several months, the U.S. Presidential Election has felt more like a family reunion than a candidacy. Not only because there seems to be in inordinate swarm of candidates, or because each one was eager to catch up and re-tell the same stories we heard last time, but because each one had an uncanny resemblance to the classic breed of relative. There’s the cousin you didn’t know existed, the strict patriarch, the looney uncle, and other archetypes we’ll leave to you to fill with your candidate of choice. However, the family reunion has finally slumped to a more intimate party, and the dinner table chatter finally cut down to just a few voices.

Now that the chaos is over, it’s time to really consider the candidates at hand: What do they stand for? How will the country benefit? What are our concerns? And of course, what are they reading? Knowing a candidate’s favorite book is a great way to get to know them; plus, we’re a little curious.

Here’s what the 2016 potential elects are reading…


The Democrats:

Hillary Clinton – The Brother’s Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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Hillary has cited a number of favorite books, including: Little Women, The Goldfinch, and anything by Toni Morrison, John Grisham, and Alice Walker; but, according to Bustle, The Brother’s Karamazov tops her list.

Reader Diagnosis: A candidate who likes Dostoyevsky is probably well-versed in classic literature as well as foreign literature: she’s a well read lady. Maybe a knack for Russian reads will make for good relations with Putin? Who knows?


Bernie Sanders – The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley & William Danko

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Although we haven’t heard Sanders claim any one book as an all-time favorite, he has spoken about this book in interviews. In addition to The Millionaire Next Door, he’s mentioned Third World American by Arianna Huffington, Rebooting the American Dream by Tom Hartman, and Richistan by Robert Frank, as other beloved reads.

Reader Diagnosis: Bernie has read a lot of American authors, but the content varies from domestic to foreign. He reads about economic dynamics, concepts of wealth and success, and historical narratives: he has branching interests, but an overall reading interest in learning how cultural dynamics operate.


The Republicans:

Ted Cruz – The Bible

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According to a Washington Post interview with Cruz, the potential elect “[doesn’t] read books that aren’t the Constitution,” but he does cite the Bible as one that’s constantly at the corner of his mind, and constantly on the corner of his desk. That may be fine and true, but we have a sinking suspicion that he also has a not-so-secret love for The Chronicles of Narnia. In the same interview, when asked what his favorite food was, he replied “Turkish Delight, but that stopped after the White Witch released me from her servitude.”

We see through to the heart of that answer, Cruz. You love Narnia.

Reader Diagnosis: Cruz isn’t an avid reader, but also doesn’t boast about what he’s read. He keeps it strictly presidential for the public – Constitution and The Bible – but has an imagination that draws him into the hidden worlds of fantasy and adventure.


John Kasich—Fear No Evil by Natan Sharansky

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Fear No Evil is apparently one of Kasich’s favorite reads, but he’s also a known fan of all things Dallas Willard, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Zarafa: A Giraffe’s True Story, from Deep in Africa to the Heart of Paris by Michael Allin, according to Vote Smart.

Reader diagnosis: Kasich wants to understand history, but also has a taste for exotic adventure, particularly in Egypt. If Clinton’s love for Russian authors could some how lay the groundwork for good Russian relations, maybe an affinity for Egyptian tales could mend some cracks in the Middle East? Again, who knows?


Donald Trump—The Art of the Deal by Donald Trump

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The Donald’s favorite book is a book he wrote himself. Whether the true emblem of self-love or narcissism, a strong belief system or a self- indulgent one – who can say? However, according to E-Verse Radio , his favorite book is not one of his own, but The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale, which focuses on mindfulness. The two books are very different, and show very distinct reading preferences.

Reader Diagnosis: Trump loves himself, this we know. But, the latter book reveals him to have an optimistic outlook and a strong positive mindset in addition to bountiful self-love.


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