8 Books President Trump Should Read

  • January 19, 2017

We can dream, can’t we?


Our incoming commander-in-chief has said he doesn’t have time to read books. On the off-chance his schedule frees up, we suggest he check out these titles.

  1. Night by Elie Wiesel. It would hopefully wake the incoming president up to where quashing dissent and registering the "other" can lead. ~Tara Campbell

  2. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson. No, we’re not living in Nazi Germany. But the Germans weren’t, either, until they voted the Nazis into power. ~Holly Smith

  3. The Once and Future King by T.H. White. Perhaps he might absorb some of the lessons of what a good leader attempts to do for the people he leads. ~Jenny Yacovissi

  4. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William Shirer. The author demonstrates quite clearly where a platform of wildly emotional anti-intellectualism is bound to end up. ~Y.S. Fing 

  5. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. So the president can learn about the human condition. Also, according to research, reading literary fiction increases empathy! ~Ananya Bhattacharyya

  6. Fail Safe by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler, since Trump doesn't appear to have any respect for nuclear weapons and just appointed a "Dancing with the Stars" contestant to oversee our arsenal.  ~Larry De Maria

  7. Elizabeth I: The Novel by Margaret George. Any leader could stand to learn from this deeply convincing version of the Virgin Queen in her last few decades, as she struggles with how much to sacrifice, how much to trust, and how best to balance love for her country and for herself. 

  8. The Other by Ryszard Kapuscinski. Reflections on empathy; the world is not made up of only us and them. ~Joye Shepperd
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