President Bush is an avid reader, according to Karl Rove, who says that Bush read 95 books in 2006, 51 books last year and, as of last week, had read 40 books in 2008. The quantity and quality of books are impressive and should help dispel the image of Bush as a dolt, but a number of commentators have noted that Bush seems mostly to read books that reinforce his beliefs. “They are not the reading of a widely read man, but instead the books of a man who seeks – and sees – vindication in every page,” columnist Richard Cohen wrote. “Bush has always been the captive of fixed ideas. His books just support that.”
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