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‘Avid reader’ Bush curls up with vacation books

President Bush is spending part of his Christmas holiday reading about the post-presidential years of Theodore Roosevelt and the lives of U.S. troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.
/ Source: Reuters

President Bush is spending part of his Christmas holiday reading about the post-presidential years of Theodore Roosevelt and the lives of U.S. troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Bush is reading “When Trumpets Call: Theodore Roosevelt After the White House,” by Patricia O’Toole, and “Imperial Grunts: The American Military on the Ground,” by Robert Kaplan while on vacation at his Texas ranch, said White House spokesman Trent Duffy.

The book about Teddy Roosevelt is about the former president’s African safari and his attempt to re-enter politics after he left the White House in 1909.

“Imperial Grunts” is an account of the daily lives of U.S. elite forces as told by journalist Robert Kaplan, who toured with several of the units in various countries.

Asked whether there was any significance that Bush, who has three years left in office, was reading a book about the post-White House years of a former president, Duffy replied that Bush is a “history buff” and “avid reader.”

“The president knows full well that he’s got a lot of time left in this second term and he’s going to accomplish big things, as he’s talked about repeatedly,” Duffy said.

In addition to reading, Bush is also spending time on two of his favorite pursuits, clearing brush and biking.