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Stocking stuffers from Mitch Daniels

Gov. Mitch Daniels on Monday pitched his last annual Christmas book list, full of titles that are nowhere near light reading.

He noted he had a lot of extra time to read after withdrawing from political activity due to his upcoming job as president of Purdue University.

Here is the list:

  • Coming Apart, by Charles Murray - Has the facts, insight and heart to examine the national condition.
  • Eisenhower in War and Peace, by Jean Edward Smith - a new favorite on an American hero.
  • Homage to Catalonia, by George Orwell - A young Orwell starts the journey to 1984.
  • The Dark Valley, by Piers Brendon - So packed with detail and insight you will feel like you lived in the 1930s.
  • On China, by Henry Kissinger - The most important country to our future.
  • The Making of the Masters, by David Owen - An authoritative and objective unveiling of Augusta National Golf Club and its intriguing history.
  • Destiny of the Republic, by Candice Millard - Embarassed that he didn't know more about James Garfield's fascinating history.
  • The Icarus Syndrome, by Peter Beinart - The author challenges foreign policy assumptions of past eras and leaders.
  • The Great Game, by Peter Hopkirk - It was Britain vs. Russia in Central Asia with India as the prize.
  • Energy for Future Presidents, by Richard Muller - a primer on the energy issues of the day by a friend and Berkeley physicist.
Daniels also added Game Six by Mark Frost and Nearing Home by Billy Graham since he felt the list lacked sports and faith.

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