The Chicago Public Library published a list of Rahm’s favorite books. Here’s what you should know about his literary tastes.
By Jeff Ruby
Published May 23, 2014
On April 16, the Chicago Public Library quietly posted on its website a list of the 28 books that Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he loves most. You can see the full list here—but first, here are some insights.
1 He’s obsessed with the Battle of Gettysburg.
Three books—three!—about the Civil War clash made his list. Makes sense. The North Side gets the glory.
2 He knows more about the civil rights movement than you do.
Unless you, too, took the time to read all 2,912 pages of America in the King Years, a trilogy by Taylor Branch. (You know you didn’t. You also know he did.)
3 He really is tough as nails.
His lit tastes run awfully heavy (Armageddon! Underworld! Pillar of Fire!). His idea of lightening things up? The one book engineered to make children weep: Charlotte’s Web.
4 He’s drawn to much taller men.
Rahm (five-foot-seven) chose volumes about Abe Lincoln (six-foot-four), Lyndon Johnson (six-foot-four), and George Washington (six-foot-two). Don’t expect a biography of James Madison (five-foot-four) on his Kindle any time soon.