Friday, September 21, 2007

Take A Look At What Bill Clinton's Been Reading

Once the camera crews, exuberant (and nostalgia seeking) fans, and Illuminati-crying conspiracy theorists had retreated to their respective rocks last week, former President Clinton decided to do some shopping at BookPeople.

In town to raise money for Hillary's campaign at the home of long time Clinton family friend Roy Spence of GSD&M, Bill made a stop at BookPeople where he signed over a thousand copies of his new book, Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World this past Friday.

Once the coast was relatively clear, secret service fanned out in formations that would have made any football coach proud. "He's heading from two to one," they whispered to one another via high-tech secret service gadgetry as Bill perused the aisles of books, picking several up for himself, Hillary, and Chelsea, while making sure to comment on anything that caught his eye.
"How about a little nighttime reading?" said Clinton with a giggle, picking up a copy of Hans-Jurgen Dopp's Ecstasy.

As he pored over the shelves of books, he half-joked about having met most of the authors. One that he pointed out in particular was Unbowed, the memoir of his "good friend" Wangari Maathai — "a little kooky, but great." She was the first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a doctorate, and the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

Bill went on about other books like Sam Huntington's Who We Are, Dave Eggers' What Is the What, How Rich Countries Got Rich and Why Poor Countries Stay Poor by Erik S. Reinert, and a host of others that you would expect a socially-conscious world leader to have read. But then he picked up James Lee Burke's latest mystery/thriller The Tin Roof Blowdown, declaring him "just great, really great," and saying this was "definitely his best book yet."
Clinton may be an Oxford-educated Rhodes Scholar, political genius, former president and potential first First Gentleman, but he still likes to occasionally read cheap paperback thrillers you'd find at an airport news stand like the rest of us.
So, in the end, what did Bill Clinton plunk down a chunk of change for after all the perusing, cooing and ahhing?

The first things Bill picked up were two copies of a book to bring back to his wife and daughter.

The pic of Bill also from The Austinist whose cool logo is at right.

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