Bush Is a Book Lover by Karl Rove was published in the opinion section of the Wall Street Journal on Friday, December 26th. This is a pretty amazing piece covering the book reading contest President Bush had with Karl Rove over the past couple of years. I’ll let you read it for yourself to get all the details but here are a couple of high lights. In 2006 Karl Rove beats President Bush 110 books to 95. In 2007 Karl read 76 to the Presidents 51 while in 2008 Karl won yet again, 64 to the 40. He obviously highlights that President Bush is much busier than he is and that is the only reason he was able to win. The list of books that the President read was impressive which consisted of 60% non-fiction and mostly history, biographies, and books on current events. Some noteworthy books many people here probably have read would be Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals, and biographies on, Lincoln, Mao, Andrew Carnegie, Mark Twain, Babe Ruth, and LBJ. One is left understanding the President places a high importance on reading and is a voracious reader himself. I have heard many times that all great leaders must be readers. Once you study any of the great leaders in history you see this is one characteristic they all have in common. I am curious if anyone here has read more than 110 books in a year. What is your goal for 2009? What was the best book or books you read this past year? Happy New Year!