Recommend a Book to Mayor Bloomberg

During a visit to a high school English class in the Bronx, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg revealed his love for the John le Carré classic, “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.” His literary leaning even inspired a rare trip to the cinema to catch the new movie version of the book.

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But aides and colleagues say the mayor generally prefers periodicals and nonfiction. He reads the city’s daily newspapers as well as Time, Newsweek and The Atlantic and has been known to carry around a folder of torn-out articles to read on-the-go.

While he often attends other people’s book parties, he declines the free copies. Aside from the classic by Mr. le Carré, the only other work of fiction publicly endorsed by the mayor has been “Johnny Tremain,” the 1943 patriotic children’s story by Esther Forbes.

What book would you recommend the mayor read? How would your suggestion help Mr. Bloomberg in his job as mayor of New York City?

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