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特朗普 vs 奥巴马:美国总统喜欢读什么书?

Grace Dobush 2019年01月05日

两人的共同爱好是给群众推荐书籍。

奥巴马和特朗普这两任美国总统,一位是众所周知的读书达人,一位是福克斯新闻台和夜间有线电视节目的忠实观众。不过说到文学,这两人却有一个共同爱好,就是给群众推荐书籍。

2018年,特朗普在推特上已经推荐了不少本书了(《卫报》还专门总结了2018年特朗普推荐的十大书目)。而奥巴马无论是在入主白宫之前还是之后,都喜欢在脱口秀里和接受采访时谈到他喜欢的书籍。

那么问题来了:特朗普和奥巴马的阅读兴趣有多大差异呢?下面我们就来看看两人推荐过的一些书目。

传记

奥巴马的推荐:《林肯:一个作家的传记》,作者:弗莱德·卡普兰

奥巴马曾表示,他经常重新阅读林肯的传记以获得灵感。

特朗普的推荐:《唐纳德·特朗普的信念:一本心灵传记》,作者:大卫·布罗迪、斯科特·兰布

特朗普表示:“一本非常有意思的书,我喜欢!”

经济学

奥巴马的推荐:《国富论》,作者:亚当·斯密

奥巴马曾表示,贫富差距严重,而且差距越来越大,是“我们这个时代面临的一个决定性挑战”。

特朗普的推荐:《特朗普经济学:解读复兴美国经济的“美国第一”计划》,作者:斯蒂芬·摩尔、亚瑟·B·拉斐尔

特朗普表示:“两位非常有才的人刚刚完成了一本关于我的经济政策的极好的书。”

历史

奥巴马的推荐;《幽灵战争:中情局、阿富汗与本·拉登的秘史,从苏联入侵到2001年9月10日》,作者:史蒂夫·柯尔

奥巴马在2008年准备入主白宫期间阅读了这本书。

特朗普的选择:《俄罗斯骗局:洗白希拉里和构陷特朗普的非法阴谋》,作者:格雷格·贾勒特

特朗普表示:“这的确是由一些不光彩的人发起的一场骗局和政治迫害,真是一本好书!”

政治

奥巴马的选择:《决胜时刻:罗斯福的百日历程与希望的胜利》,作者:乔纳森·阿尔特

2009年,奥巴马在接受“60分钟”采访时提到了这本书,在美国人中掀起了一股阅读这本书的热潮。

特朗普的推荐:《骗子、泄密者和自由派》,作者:珍妮·皮洛(职业是一名法官)

特朗普表示:“我们的杰出法官珍妮·皮洛完成了一本新书……它非常棒,去读吧!”

心理学

奥巴马的推荐:《思考,快与慢》,作者:丹尼尔·卡尼曼

该书作者曾获诺贝尔经济学奖,奥巴马亦于2013年授予其总统自由勋章。

特朗普的推荐:《疯狂政治学:在疯狂的世界中保持头脑清醒》,作者:吉娜·劳登

特朗普表示:“今天就去买一本吧——一本好书!”

小说

奥巴马的推荐;《七夏娃》,作者:尼尔·史蒂芬森

这本880页的科幻小说讲述了一个人类为生存而战的故事。奥巴马将其选入了他的2016年夏季书单。

特朗普的推荐:《简报:政治、媒体与总统》,作者;肖恩·斯派瑟

特朗普表示:“一个用心和知识讲述的故事,非常好,去买一本吧!”(财富中文网)

译者:朴成奎

One is a famous bookworm; the other a much bigger fan of Fox News and late-night cable TV. Yet both President Trump and Barack Obama do have one thing in common when it comes to literature: their desire to recommend books to the general public.

Throughout 2018, Trump has mentioned numerous books on his Twitter account (a handy Top 10 has been compiled by The Guardian), whereas Obama frequently detailed his favored reads on talk shows and news interviews both before and during his time in The White House.

Question is: just how much do Trump and Obama’s suggestions differ? Read on to find out…

Biographies

Obama’s pick: “Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer” by Fred Kaplan

Obama has said he frequently rereads Lincoln for inspiration.

Trump’s pick: “The Faith of Donald J Trump: A Spiritual Biography” by David Brody and Scott Lamb

Trump says: “A very interesting read. Enjoy!”

Economics

Obama’s pick: “Wealth of Nations” by Adam Smith

Obama has said great and growing economic inequality is “the defining challenge of our time.”

Trump’s pick: “Trumponomics: Inside the America First Plan to Revive Our Economy” by Stephen Moore and Arthur B. Laffer

Trump says: “Two very talented men have just completed an incredible book on my Economic Policies.”

History

Obama’s pick: “Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001” by Steve Coll

Obama read this book in preparation for assuming office in 2008.

Trump’s pick: “The Russia Hoax: The Illicit Scheme to Clear Hillary Clinton and Frame Donald Trump” by Gregg Jarrett

Trump says: “It is indeed a HOAX and WITCH HUNT, illegally started by people who have already been disgraced. Great book!”

Politics

Obama’s pick: “The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope” by Jonathan Alter

Obama mentioned reading the book on “60 Minutes” in 2009, setting off an Oprah-level book frenzy.

Trump’s pick: “Liars, Leakers and Liberals” by Judge Jeanine Pirro

Trump says: “Our great Judge Jeanine Pirro is out with a new book … which is fantastic. Go get it!”

Psychology

Obama’s pick: “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman

Obama awarded this psychologist who also won the Nobel Prize for economics with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.

Trump’s pick: “Mad Politics: Keeping Your Sanity in a World Gone Crazy” by Gina Loudon

Trump says: “Go out and get your copy today – a great read!”

Drama

Obama’s pick: “Seveneves” by Neal Stephenson

Obama selected this 880-page speculative novel in which the human race fights for survival for his 2016 summer reading list.

Trump’s pick: “The Briefing: Politics, the Press and the President” by Sean Spicer

Trump says: “A story told with both heart and knowledge. Really good, go get it!”

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