[Ed. – Never let it be said that the Washington media miss an opportunity to turn August forcibly into the silly season.]
President Obama brought six books with him on his summer vacation in Martha’s Vineyard. And if he started reading at noon on Thursday and only stopped reading for 8 hours of sleep and three one-hour meals a day, he would finish them up by 10 a.m. on Monday.
Our David Nakamura has the list of books:
- ‘All That Is,’ by James Salter
- ‘All the Light We Cannot See,’ by Anthony Doerr (which he bought last fall)
- ‘The Sixth Extinction,’ by Elizabeth Kolbert
- ‘The Lowland,’ by Jhumpa Lahiri
- ‘Between the World and Me,’ by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- ‘Washington: A Life,’ by Ron Chernow
[That’s] a lot to tackle in one short vacation. Coates’s book is the shortest, at 176 pages. Chernow’s is the longest, at 928. …
[W]e figured that the president of the United States could probably read a smidge faster than your average person, so we gave him 20,000 words an hour.