As a lover of books, I often think I’m a member of a dying breed. Everything’s computers, computers, computers. But now it seems I’m not alone. There is one other who looks to books for inspiration, and he happens to be the most powerful man in the world. So that’s all right then.

BBC reporter Razia Iqbal has written an excellent article called The power of language in which she traces Barak Obama’s oratorical skill back to his relationship with the written word. In this, he follows great presidents such as Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt. Roosevelt, who has been called the most serious reader of all the American presidents, had a few good quotes about them.

“I am a part of everything that I have read.”

“If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries.”

Or, as one of the greatest writer-philosophers of the American literary traditions has it…

“Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.”

The one who write those last words was Henry David Theroux. Who? The author of classic self-help book Walden, that’s who.

By the way, this last link is is a rich resource if you’re a fellow book-nerd like me. Question: What’s the one thing we like better than books? Answer: Books about books! This site is an on-line deposit of of ’50 Classics’ series by Tom Butler-Bowdon, a man who should be given an honour for services rendered to the cause of books.

Former President Bill Clinton has revealed that one of his favourite authors is Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi with his theory of ‘flow’ or optimal experience. Clinton has also recently released a list of his 21 favourite books of all time. I was impressed to see that the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius made it.

We haven’t yet been informed as to what former President George W Bush’s favourite books were during his time in office.

We aren’t likely to, I trow.