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21 Books Bill Clinton Thinks Everyone Should Read

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This list, from 1993, of Bill Clinton’s 21 favorite books is worth a look. Certainly not what I expected.

1. "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," Maya AngelouOf this book, James Baldwin said: “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings liberates the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life with such a moving wonder, such a luminous dignity.”

6. "Lincoln," David Herbert Donald

What’s a President without a favorite Lincoln book. You could do a lot worse than this portrait of Abraham Lincoln’s life by Pulitzer Prize–winning author David Herbert Donald.

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

The “culminating achievement” by a man considered to be one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century.

8. "Invisible Man," Ralph Ellison

A book about race in America, to be sure, but more than that it’s a book about the “human race stumbling down the path to identity, challenged and successful to varying degrees.” The world, in all of its complexities is a tricky place, and few realize this more than the invisible man, who leaves us with these words: “And it is this which frightens me: Who knows but that, on the lower frequencies, I speak for you?”

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

With One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez unleashed Latin American literature to a world-wide audience.

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