President Bush headed off to his Texas ranch late Thursday for a 10-day vacation, taking along three books, two of them about a predecessor: "Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power" by Richard Carwardine, and "Lincoln's Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural" by Ronald C. White Jr. The third was "Polio: An American Story" by David M. Oshinsky.
I'd suggest a fourth, "Truman" by David McCullough, which chronicles how an average man in the same job (which he often wasn't sure he was up to) labored mightily during wartime to make decisions that were best for the nation, regardless of political consequences. This president might draw comfort from that one.
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