NEW YORK – US President Barack Obama’s summer reading list includes To the End
of the Land
by Israeli author David Grossman, US media reported on
The president is said to have brought the novel, which depicts
a mother’s grief over the fate of her son serving in the IDF, with him to
Martha’s Vineyard for his annual vacation.
Grossman began writing To the
End of the Land
in 2003 and completed it shortly after his son Uri was killed
fighting Hezbollah during the Second Lebanon War. It was published in Hebrew in
2008 and an English translation appeared in September 2010.
Grossman, Obama’s reading list includes Cutting for Stone
by Abraham Verghese;
The Warmth of Other Suns
by Isabel Wilkerson; Rodin’s Debutante
by Ward Just, a
bildungsroman which takes place in Obama’s former residence of Chicago, and The
by Daniel Woodrell.
The author of two critically acclaimed
best sellers, Dreams From my Father
, a memoir, and The Audacity of Hope
policy book, Obama is perhaps the most literarily inclined president since
Theodore Roosevelt, a prolific travel writer and historian.
the first US president to count an Israeli author in his reading
Former US president George W. Bush famously praised Soviet
dissident and current Jewish Agency for Israel Chairman Natan Sharansky for the
political treatise The Case for Democracy
which he co-wrote with Ron
“Sharansky’s book confirmed how I was raised and what I believe,”
the president was quoted as saying in 2005.
Bush’s endorsement caused
sales to soar turning the manifesto into a bestseller.