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Bill Clinton's 21 Favorite Books
CBS ^ | LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Nov. 21, 2003 | Editors

Posted on 11/29/2003 11:43:40 AM PST by Helms

Bill Clinton's 21 Favorite Books

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Nov. 21, 2003

(Photo: AP)

Clinton's presidential library is to open next November on the south bank of the Arkansas River in downtown Little Rock.

City, county and state officials, right, tour the Clinton Library building under construction in Little Rock, Ark. (Photo: AP)

(AP) Ah, nothing like curling up in front of the fireplace with 21 of former President Bill Clinton's favorite books.

To coincide with the opening of a Clinton Library-related exhibit of books and gifts he received while president, Clinton has released a list of his 21 favorite books — from his wife's "Living History" to Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man" to Thomas a Kempis' "The Imitation of Christ."

Clinton's presidential library is to open next November on the south bank of the Arkansas River in downtown Little Rock. A nearby office building, the Cox Creative Center, has hosted a number of preview exhibits, and on Monday opens "America Presents: A Collection of Books and Gifts of the Clinton Presidency." The exhibit runs through Jan. 3, 2004.

Copies of Clinton's 21 favorite books will be on display at the Cox building.

Besides Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's autobiography, Ellison's soaring novel of a black man's journey through white America and Kempis' 15th-century treatise on Christian living, other books of note include Maya Angelou's "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" and Thomas Wolfe's "You Can't Go Home Again."

The entire list of Clinton's favorite books, listed alphabetically by author:

"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," Maya Angelou.

"Meditations," Marcus Aurelius.

"The Denial of Death," Ernest Becker.

"Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-1963," Taylor Branch.

"Living History," Hillary Rodham Clinton.

"Lincoln," David Herbert Donald.

"The Four Quartets," T.S. Eliot.

"Invisible Man," Ralph Ellison.

"The Way of the World: From the Dawn of Civilizations to the Eve of the Twenty-First Century," David Fromkin.

"One Hundred Years of Solitude," Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

"The Cure at Troy: A Version of Sophocles' Philoctetes," Seamus Heaney.

"King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa," Adam Hochschild.

"The Imitation of Christ," Thomas a Kempis.

"Homage to Catalonia," George Orwell.

"The Evolution of Civilizations: An Introduction to Historical Analysis," Carroll Quigley.

"Moral Man and Immoral Society: A Study in Ethics and Politics," Reinhold Niebuhr.

"The Confessions of Nat Turner," William Styron.

"Politics as a Vocation," Max Weber.

"You Can't Go Home Again," Thomas Wolfe.

"Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny," Robert Wright.

"The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats," William Butler Yeats.


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Beckers book is required reading for aging baby boomers with angst over their mortality. Where are any of the 100 Great Books?

Customers who bought this book also bought:

Bad Boys, Bad Men: Confronting Antisocial Personality Disorder by Donald W. Black, et al (Hardcover)

Antisocial Behavior: Personality Disorders from Hostility to Homicide by Benjamin B. Wolman (Paperback)

Inside the Criminal Mind by Stanton Samenow (Author) (Hardcover)

The Emptied Soul by Adolf Guggenbuhl-Craig (Paperback)

The Psychopathic Mind: Origins, Dynamics, and Treatment by J. Reid Meloy (Hardcover)

1 posted on 11/29/2003 11:43:40 AM PST by Helms
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To: Helms
Playboy....Penthouse....hustler.....
2 posted on 11/29/2003 11:46:49 AM PST by Squantos (Support Mental Health !........or........ I'LL KILL YOU !!!!)
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To: Helms
Clintons Favorite books.

Hustler by Larry Flynt
Penthouse by Bob Guccione
Playboy by Hugh Hefner

Honerable mentions include:

Juggs
Intern Monthly
How to Lie, and Enjoy It!

Favorite Authors:
Marx

Heros:
Himself
3 posted on 11/29/2003 11:48:03 AM PST by Stopislamnow
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To: Squantos

4 posted on 11/29/2003 11:48:39 AM PST by glock rocks (molon labe)
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To: Helms
"...the list was compiled after extensive consulting with focus groups. In fact, rumors swirl that the xxx-president has never read A book, let alone any on his list."
5 posted on 11/29/2003 11:49:52 AM PST by Vesuvian
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To: Helms
Obviously another pack of lies. He probably hasn't even read the Cliff's notes for half of these, but it is the required reading list for the wine-drinking, volvo-driving, PBS-watching, limo-liberals. If you peeled off all the layers of fakeness over the real Bill Clinton, would there be anything there? (personally, I think you'd find a combination of Barry Switzer and Joe Isuzu)
6 posted on 11/29/2003 11:53:20 AM PST by Richard Kimball
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To: Helms
"101 Uses for the Oval Office Sink."
7 posted on 11/29/2003 11:53:38 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: Vesuvian
the clintons don't "crap" without consulting a focus group, maybe he should have read 1984.
8 posted on 11/29/2003 11:55:07 AM PST by temijin
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To: Stopislamnow
You left out "Big-Uns".
9 posted on 11/29/2003 11:59:21 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (Chilling Effect-1, Global Warming-0)
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To: Helms
Billdo's favorite books:

01. Dick and Jane I
02. Dick and Jane II
03. Dick and Jane III
04. Dick and Jane IV
05. Dick and Mary I
06. Dick and Mary II
07. Dick and Mary III
08. Dick and Mary IV
09. Dick and Juanita I
10. Dick and Juanita II
11. Dick and Juanita III
12. Dick and Juanita IV
13. Dick and Juanita V
14. Dick and Lolita I
15. Dick and Lolita II
16. Dick and Lolita III
17. Dick and Lolita IV
18. Dick and Lolita V
19. Dick and Monica I
20. Dick and Monica II
21. Dick and Monica III
22. Dick and Monica IV
23. Dick and Monica V
24. Dick and Monica VI
25. Dick and Monica VII

Really a no brainer.

As in NO BRAINer.
10 posted on 11/29/2003 12:00:01 PM PST by Quix (WORK NOW to defeat one personal network friend, relative, associate's liberal idiocy now, warmly)
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To: Helms
"Selling America" How to finance a presidential campaign by sellling technology to your own worst enemy.
11 posted on 11/29/2003 12:02:59 PM PST by DeepDish (Depleted uranium and democrats are a lot alike. They've both been sucked dry of anything useful)
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To: Stopislamnow
Don't forget "Cigar Aficionado"
12 posted on 11/29/2003 12:08:00 PM PST by Sapper26
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To: Vesuvian
In fact, rumors swirl that the xxx-president has never read A book, let alone any on his list.

Whatever one may think of Clinton, not reading books is clearly not one of his faults. But perhaps he did pick these ones with a focus group. I'm not very literary (I've only read one or two of these) but Invisible Man is a great book.

13 posted on 11/29/2003 12:16:44 PM PST by wideminded
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To: Helms
How tooth-achingly politically correct! How utterly 1970's university syllabus bland. No adult could possible like all this crap. Ask him to tell what insights he gained from "Mediations", what is his favorite phrase from "The Four Quartets". What really intelligent person doesn't have a few odd ball favorites? Like "Dangerous to Man" by Roger Carras or "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress"? Stuff that will never making it into the Great Books Anthologies.
14 posted on 11/29/2003 12:19:13 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Uday and Qusay and Idi-ay are ead-day)
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To: glock rocks
or..........dare I say it ?

Catcher in the Rye !

Stay Safe !

15 posted on 11/29/2003 12:20:29 PM PST by Squantos (Support Mental Health !........or........ I'LL KILL YOU !!!!)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
I came across this when doing a Google news search to find out where the -ell he was over Thanksgiving and while his erstwhile mate and co-sociopath was in the Mideast.

Last I knew on the 21st he was in India. These two are driving me bonkers with loathing. They are a mockery of American politics and culture.

16 posted on 11/29/2003 12:25:40 PM PST by Helms (The Di-tech Guy and E-loan Girl are to Wed in Hell)
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To: Helms

(He just won't admit it.)

17 posted on 11/29/2003 12:27:43 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: Squantos
FM 5-25 should be on anyones reading list.
18 posted on 11/29/2003 12:30:19 PM PST by tet68
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To: tet68
I like that book...it's killed a lot of wannabes !

Stay Safe !

19 posted on 11/29/2003 12:34:41 PM PST by Squantos (Support Mental Health !........or........ I'LL KILL YOU !!!!)
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To: Helms
These two are driving me bonkers with loathing.

Even at this late date, his hypocrisy, vanity and pretentiousness continue to grate me too.

20 posted on 11/29/2003 12:36:17 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Uday and Qusay and Idi-ay are ead-day)
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To: Helms
Presumably, the list comes with a sampling of Clinton's 21 favorite color crayons, as well... :)
21 posted on 11/29/2003 12:42:22 PM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("The Clintons have damaged our country. They have done it together, in unison." -- Peggy Noonan)
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To: Helms
21 books about himself is the correct answer....
22 posted on 11/29/2003 12:44:41 PM PST by international american
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To: Helms
I thought "Leaves of Grass" was his fav - didn't he give this one to all his honeys?
23 posted on 11/29/2003 12:49:11 PM PST by janetgreen
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To: Helms
May I recommend...

Just in time to donate to the WJBClinton LIE-brary

24 posted on 11/29/2003 12:50:30 PM PST by steplock (www.FOCUS.GOHOTSPRINGS.com)
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To: Helms
on display at the 'Cox' building.

apropos..
..and his number one mostest favoritest book..
Adventures on the BangBoat

25 posted on 11/29/2003 1:28:19 PM PST by evad (Most politicians lie, cheat and steal. It's all they know to do and they won't stop...EVER!)
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To: wideminded
Whatever one may think of Clinton, not reading books is clearly not one of his faults.

Huh? Clearly? Explain.

26 posted on 11/29/2003 1:33:08 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Merry Shopping Season and a Happy Pre-Xmas Storewide Sales Event!)
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To: Helms
Focus group, definitely. Or calculated choices. How else do you explain the first two entries Marcus Aurelius and Maya Angelou? No serious literary reader I know would touch the latter. At best, the list reveals a rather shallow mind.
27 posted on 11/29/2003 1:38:25 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Merry Shopping Season and a Happy Pre-Xmas Storewide Sales Event!)
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To: Helms
They left out this one...


28 posted on 11/29/2003 1:56:34 PM PST by Gritty ("Though his hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness will be revealed before all"[Proverbs 26:26])
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To: Revolting cat!
Whatever one may think of Clinton, not reading books is clearly not one of his faults.

Huh? Clearly? Explain.

I have heard that when Clinton was going to have an expert in some field meet him at the White House, he would often spend the preceding week reading a large stack of books on the subject and would then surprise his guest with the depth of his knowledge.

Also, it does not seem plausible that he would have been able to attend Yale Law School, be a Rhodes scholar, or teach law at the University of Arkansas if he had never read a book.

Even his detractors admit that Clinton is a very bright guy. Of course none of this has much to do with his moral qualities.

29 posted on 11/29/2003 1:59:25 PM PST by wideminded
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OK, but how do you explain all of that reading resulting in nothing more than strings of tired liberal cliches coming out of his mouth? It's been reported that he has an excellent short term memory, like his momma the gambler, I suppose, who (he not his momma!) never seriously studied while in college and only crammed the nights before the exams. He has a brightness of a shameless street hustler. I simply cannot imagine a relaxed, intelligent conversation with the guy about any of these books.
30 posted on 11/29/2003 2:06:25 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Merry Shopping Season and a Happy Pre-Xmas Storewide Sales Event!)
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To: Helms
Didn't notice "Leaves of Grass" which he gave to all his Bimbos.

31 posted on 11/29/2003 2:09:37 PM PST by duckbutt (God Bless America.......Again!)
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To: Revolting cat!
"The Imitation of Christ" is one of the most devout, worshipful books I've ever read. It's impossible to imagine X42 having actually read this, especially considering his hatred of traditional Christianity.
32 posted on 11/29/2003 2:12:44 PM PST by JusPasenThru (Eliminate the ninnies and the twits.)
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To: Helms

33 posted on 11/29/2003 2:12:55 PM PST by Momaw Nadon (The mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work unless it's open.)
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To: Momaw Nadon
Antlers in the Treetops by Hoogoosta Moose
34 posted on 11/29/2003 2:24:49 PM PST by sgtbono2002 (I aint wrong, I aint sorry , and I am probably going to do it again.)
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To: Richard Kimball
Obviously another pack of lies. He probably hasn't even read the Cliff's notes for half of these, but it is the required reading list for the wine-drinking, volvo-driving, PBS-watching, limo-liberals. If you peeled off all the layers of fakeness over the real Bill Clinton, would there be anything there? (personally, I think you'd find a combination of Barry Switzer and Joe Isuzu)

I've probably read more books on that list than he has. Most of them are so goddamned boring, you start praying for a pistol to chew on.

35 posted on 11/29/2003 2:33:02 PM PST by Pedantic_Lady
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To: Helms

36 posted on 11/29/2003 2:35:09 PM PST by Bars4Bill
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To: sgtbono2002

But he probably liked the movie better.

37 posted on 11/29/2003 2:37:28 PM PST by tsomer
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To: Helms
"One Hundred Years of Solitude," Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

EVERYBODY says they read this. In fact, I've rarely been a guest in anyone's home who doesn't have a copy of it. WE have a copy of it. EVERYBODY has a copy of it. My husband bought it years ago....I doubt he has ever read it. I had to read it in SPANISH in one of my college classes. I thought I was going to DIE from boredom. It was like a bad acid trip or an Hieronymous Bosch painting. Flying carpets? Women pregnant with lizards? BITE me.

38 posted on 11/29/2003 2:40:22 PM PST by Pedantic_Lady
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To: Revolting cat!
OK, but how do you explain all of that reading resulting in nothing more than strings of tired liberal cliches coming out of his mouth? It's been reported that he has an excellent short term memory, ... never seriously studied while in college and only crammed the nights before the exams.

1. Even Ken Starr said that he wished he were as smart as Clinton. I think this was in reference to Clinton having been able to easily absorb all the material in law school. Apparently Clinton never needed to study as hard as other people because he is unusually smart.

2. As I recall, prior to his becoming President, Clinton attended a lot of meetings with other governors and politicians where he surprised everyone with the depth of his investigation of various policy issues. He was known as a "policy wonk". Whether or not you agree with his proposed solutions to these problems, or the possible slant of his reading, the other attendees felt that he had done a lot of reading on these issues.

3. It's also been noted that he has an excellent long-term memory.

I simply cannot imagine a relaxed, intelligent conversation with the guy about any of these books.

4. Roger Ebert once had a show where he discussed films with Clinton. Clinton was able to have a relaxed intelligent conversation about all these movies. It was a little shocking that he had had time to see them while he was President. Ebert was surprised at the depth of Clinton's knowledge of films.

5. Apparently he was able to concentrate enough to learn how to play the saxophone quite well.

He has a brightness of a shameless street hustler.

So? A lot of street hustlers are very smart. Neither of us has had an opportunity to discuss literature with Clinton, but his self-centeredness and lack of morality does not preclude his having read many books.

39 posted on 11/29/2003 2:40:36 PM PST by wideminded
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40 posted on 11/29/2003 2:42:11 PM PST by Bon mots
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To: Helms
"Invisible Man," Ralph Ellison.

"Battle Royal" is perhaps the most memorable chapter in Ralph Ellison's acclaimed novel, "Invisible Man," published 51 years ago.

Banned in "Boston" LOL

41 posted on 11/29/2003 2:47:07 PM PST by Syncro
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To: Helms
Bill gave Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass to Hillary, Monica and at least one of his other conquests. One would think that would be a favorite of Bill's.
42 posted on 11/29/2003 2:49:03 PM PST by RJL
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To: Pedantic_Lady
If only we could get One Hundred Years of Solitude from the Clintons. Along with us hearing I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (the GreyBar Hotel).

If only he was the Invisible Man instead of trying to be the Imitation of Christ.

He needs the Denial of Death so he can live out his life in prison contemplating his teasonous crimes.

He should have not used Politics as a Vocation

He wants to believe this: You Can't Go Home Again but he will go home to his master in the great dark abyss.

He doesn't realize that this is properly called Living Lying History by Dennis's ex-wife Hilliary Rodman Clinton

The Four Quartets, T.S. Eliot. And he still thinks this equals one dollar...

And lastly, this is his story: King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism.

43 posted on 11/29/2003 3:04:54 PM PST by Syncro
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To: Helms

44 posted on 11/29/2003 3:06:17 PM PST by arasina (CHRISTMAS! [just try and take my tag line away, Bloomberg])
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To: Helms
I was saddened --deeply saddened -- that De Sade's classic Justine wasn't on Bill's list not to mention the Kama Sutra.
45 posted on 11/29/2003 3:09:42 PM PST by The Great RJ
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To: Helms

46 posted on 11/29/2003 3:12:44 PM PST by Randjuke
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To: Squantos

47 posted on 11/29/2003 3:20:05 PM PST by Lazamataz (To the left, the only treason that exists is when someone salutes an American flag.)
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To: The Great RJ

"That book is definitely mah favorite. First, it's all about me. Secondly, I just love re-reading the dirty parts. I just wish they had included the part about me saving the Constitution."

48 posted on 11/29/2003 3:22:35 PM PST by Tall_Texan ("Is Rush a Hypocrite?" http://righteverytime2.blogspot.com)
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To: Helms
Copies of Clinton's 21 favorite books will be on display at the Cox building.

Fitting.

49 posted on 11/29/2003 3:25:33 PM PST by Tall_Texan ("Is Rush a Hypocrite?" http://righteverytime2.blogspot.com)
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To: Helms
No mention of the big, fat Bible he carried as a prop for eight years of Sundays?
50 posted on 11/29/2003 3:35:33 PM PST by Bars4Bill
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