Education: Chief Bookmen

What is a U.S. President apt to read in his leisure time? In a slim new volume called Three Presidents and Their Books (University of Illinois; $2.50), a historian, a librarian and an editor answer for a distinguished trio.

Lifelong Sermon. Of the trio (Jefferson, Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt), Jefferson was the only scholar. He built up three separate libraries for himself in his lifetime, and one of them (6,000 volumes) became the nucleus of the Library of Congress. "He loved books," says Professor Arthur Bestor of the University of Illionois. "He chose editions with discrimination ... he was careful of...

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