President Obama Assigned Himself 52 Hours of Reading on Summer Vacation

President Obama Assigned Himself 52 Hours of Reading on Summer Vacation

A passer-by, right, walks past a storefront that features cut-outs of President Barack Obama, left, and first lady Michelle Obama, center, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
A passer-by, right, walks past a storefront that features cut-outs of President Barack Obama, left, and first lady Michelle Obama, center, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

(The Washington Post) – President Obama brought six books with him on his summer vacation in Martha’s Vineyard. And if he started reading at noon on Thursday and only stopped reading for 8 hours of sleep and three one-hour meals a day, he would finish them up by 10 a.m. on Monday.

Our David Nakamura has the list of books:

  • ‘All That Is,’ by James Salter
  • ‘All the Light We Cannot See,’ by Anthony Doerr (which he bought last fall)
  • ‘The Sixth Extinction,’ by Elizabeth Kolbert
  • ‘The Lowland,’ by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • ‘Between the World and Me,’ by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • ‘Washington: A Life,’ by Ron Chernow

There’s a decent amount of politics buried in the list. Coates’s book has received rave reviews for its consideration of the lives of black men in America. Kolbert’s book won the Pulitzer Prize for its analysis of how humans are dramatically changing the Earth’s environment. Chernow’s is a lengthy biography of the first president.

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