What books to read, the leaders of the largest countries in the world: the Bible, Pushkin, Agatha Christie and not only
These people lead or have led the world’s largest powers in the past. It seems that the schedule of heads of state does not have a minute of free time, but each of them finds time to read not only reports, statistics and analytical articles. Presidents are happy to read fiction and recommend some works for reading.
The President of Russia has always read a lot, he did not leave this habit and as head of a huge country. His literary interests include classics of Russian and foreign literature, and the best cure for bad mood, Vladimir Vladimirovich considers the works of Omar Hayam, whom he not only reads, but also writes quotes in a special notebook. Vladimir Putin recommends the compulsory reading “notes of a hunter” by Ivan Turgenev and the collection of Mikhail Prishvina “Green noise”, which he gladly reads, along with “Basil by Terminum” by Alexander Tvardovsky.
It should be noted that Vladimir Putin has a good memory, often during interviews reciting poems by Yesenin and Lermontov, quoting Solzhenitsyn and Goethe, Bulgakov and Chekhov.
The American President often complains that he is prevented from reading important state Affairs. There has never been a case that Donald trump could sit behind a book for more than half an hour: be sure someone will interrupt a pleasant pastime with a phone call with a question that will require personal intervention of the President. However, he has his own list of recommended books. First of all, it is the Bible, followed by Remarque’s novel “On the Western front without change.” Donald trump treats his own works with respect, advising by all means to read “the Art of making deals” and “Survival on top”.
The Queen of great Britain calls her favorite book the gospel, which she reads every day. But to fiction Elizabeth II is very supportive, and among her favorite authors unsurpassed master detective: Agatha Christie, dick Francis and Pee Pee James.
The Chancellor of Germany calls the Bible a book that influenced her whole life. But Angela Merkel loves to read fiction. Fyodor Dostoevsky occupies a special place among her favorite authors. According to the German Chancellor, books allow her to be distracted from public Affairs. When Angela Merkel because of a leg injury was bedridden, she read the work of Jurgen Osterhammel “Transformation of the world. History of XIX century”. The book made a lasting impression on her, and its author was even honored to be invited to the anniversary of the Chancellor.
The President of the Republic of Belarus does not hesitate to admit that he does not read too much because of the heavy load. Among his favorite authors are Alexander Pushkin, Vladimir Mayakovsky and Sergei Yesenin. However, the head of state himself tried to study poetry, so his love for poetry is quite understandable.
The President of the people’s Republic of China likes to read. In the list of his literary preferences are works of ancient Chinese literature and works of Russian and foreign classics. However, books of authorship of the head of China are in demand in the country. Naturally, these works have a clear political overtones.
The former us President reads quite a lot. At the same time, he is interested in both serious philosophical treatises and children’s literature. During his tenure as President, Barack Obama recommended reading about 80 – plus books. In the first place was the Bible, and the list includes books about Harry Potter, “the Great Gatsby”, as well as works by Shakespeare and Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Every year, the ex-President publishes a list of all the books he managed to read in 12 months.