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What to read into Obama and Romney's favorite books

What to read into Obama and Romney's favorite books

Presidents and wannabe presidents are supposed to read. A novel or a work of history under their arms makes them look, in a word, presidential.

But just like the ties they wear, the book titles the candidates share with us are more than likely approved by image-conscious consultants. There's something suspicious, for example, about the list of favorite books on Barack Obama's Facebook page, which includes Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Self-Reliance," "Moby Dick," Toni Morrison's "Song of Solomon," and Shakespeare's tragedies.

It's a wonderful list. But they're the kinds of books you'd expect to find displayed on a shelf inside the Oval Office. They're...

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