10 Contemporary Politicians’ Favorite Books

Bill Clinton – Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

“The thing about Marcus Aurelius is that he was deeply spiritual and he understood that life required balance. And what that meant is really important in the world we live in today. As an emperor he had absolute power and this book is in part about the things he wouldn’t do. And that’s really important.” – [via Today]

Former President Bill Clinton is as an avid reader, known for his love of heavy philosophical musings and lighter crime fiction. On this list of his favorite books he includes Invisible Man, Macbeth, and Non Zero. But one book that is frequently on the tip of his tongue is Meditations by Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius. Clinton says he used the book’s philosophies, which discuss how to practice restraint in power, as a blueprint for his own presidency.