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Presidential Perusal – Political Books of the Moment

Andrew Jackson in the White House 

It’s been fun and interesting seeing Obama books flying off the shelves (servers?) and becoming increasingly collectible since his victory in early November. It seems everybody wants to get to know the President-elect and have a hint at what might be in store for the United States for the next four years.

But if it’s political books you’re interested in generally, there’s a lot more than just Obama. According to Reuters:

Republicans may have been voted out of power but they could dominate U.S. political bookshelves with memoirs by President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush among the possible coming attractions.

Publishers would eagerly offer Laura Bush seven figures for her memoirs, publishing experts say, raising the question of whether she could fetch more than her husband.

Yet both could be outdone by Sarah Palin, the feisty governor of Alaska and unsuccessful Republican vice presidential candidate.

So there’s much to look forward to reading there. As well, representatives of Fidel Castro announced his latest book, in Havana last week.

“La Paz en Colombia,” or “Peace in Colombia,” explores Cuba’s role in attempts to end Colombia’s civil war, which has raged for more than four decades.

If the recent election has you focused solely on American presidential thoughts, Jon Meacham released a new book on the 11th of November, titled American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House. As well as Jackson’s politics and policies, the biography of the 7th American president also examines his personal life, from his deep devotion to his wife, Rachel, who died of a heart attack within a month of his election, to his religious beliefs, and his private friendships, making for more of a portrait of the man, not just the president.

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