President-as-insomniac book club picks

Check out the really lame-o book recommendations from a recent poll conducted by Zogby International.

It is 3 AM and your telephone rings. The next president can’t sleep and is calling you for a book recommendation. Other than the Bible, what book would you suggest?

There’s been a lot of chatter this campaign season about White House activity at 3 a.m., and the survey finds among the top recommendations for the next president would be reading up on world and U.S. history — including the U.S. Constitution.

Among the most frequent responses were books on history, from the Federalist Papers to a more recent look at American history found in David McCullough’s 1776. Many also suggested politically themed books — including those by Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. Books by politicians such as Ron Paul, Barack Obama, and Al Gore – as well as books by both Bill and Hillary Clinton — which were also frequent mentions. So were suggestions to read anything by Ayn Rand.

Lengthy classics such as War and Peace and the Lord of the Rings also made the list, while others were more inclined to suggest more recent fiction by such authors as Tom Clancy, James Patterson, John Grisham and Stephen King.

What would you put on the president’s bedside table?

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