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11 Presidents' Favorite Books (PHOTOS, POLL)

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 05/17/10 08:35 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 05:30 PM ET

Presidents have always been great readers and history has always been interested in their favorite books. But what do those books say about our leaders? Are you surprised by any of the choices? Did you know that George W. Bush and Karl Rove used to have a reading contest every year? How about that Teddy Roosevelt was not only a big reader, but a book reviewer as well? We'd love to know what you think. Vote in the slideshow below.

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Thomas Jefferson was a big reader -- so big, in fact, that when the Library of Congress burned down in 1814, he had the largest personal collection of books in the country, and offered to sell his collection to create a new Library of Congress.

Jefferson especially loved the writings of the Roman philosopher Cicero.

(Source: Library of Congress)
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