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  • Quote:"George W. Bush, for example, would have benefited from reading Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War, which shows just how many disparate elements — rhetoric, religion, chance happenings (Hurricane Katrina, for example), personnel, the "friction of battle" — conspire to propel or punish statesmen at a time of war.

    The current U.S. president, by contrast, should look into Tocqueville and Whitman. Barack Obama has an inclination to step back from America's long-standing role in promoting democracy. Those authors would show him precisely why that's a big mistake.

    // Great article on why reading is good.

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