On Tuesday I asked what one book you would have the presidential candidate read before Inauguration Day. I thought that was a pretty clever question, but I guess I wasn’t the first one to think of it, and there are actually a lot of presidential reading sorts of things happening. Here’s just a few:
Scott McLemee of Inside Higher Ed asked my question to a series of “academics, editors, and public intellectuals.” As would be expected, the responses were very high-brow and intellectual, not to mention just a little bit snobby. You can read all of them in the article
In the comments Tuesday, Rebecca at Rebecca Reads mentioned the Martel-Harper Challenge. Every two weeks, author Yann Martel sends a work of fiction to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The book includes a letter from Martel about the book, which he also posts to that website.
The other election-related reading activity I came across is the U.S. Presidents Reading Project. The goal of this project/challenge is to read one book about every single president, or some combination of books that talk about all the presidents. This is a huge, huge task, but pretty cool anyway.
Once the rest of the election buzz dies down, one topic I would personally like to learn more about is the Electoral College. Why do we have it? Is it working? What if we got rid of it? I’ve been researching some books to aid in that, but would love any suggestions from you!
Do you have any political books you’re looking forward to now? Did the election take all the politics out of you? Any suggestions on books for or against the Electoral College?