In this year’s annual New Year’s address, Chinese president Xi Jingping sat in front of a wide array of bookshelves, as always. And as always, viewers scoured the shelves to see what the president is reading. To wit:
Xi is said to be a voracious reader, and other books spotted on his shelf this year included a growing collection of Western classics (from War and Peace and The Old Man and the Sea to The Odyssey and Les Misérables), economic texts like Money Changes Everything by William N. Goetzmann and Michele Wucker’s The Grey Rhino, and numerous titles on Chinese history and military strategy.
Apparently, per his remarks at a Seattle speech in 2015, Xi is also a Hemingway fan:
He said in his younger years he read Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Payne, and…
” ‘I was most captivated by Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea,’ Xi said.
“And that’s not all. When he visited Cuba, the Chinese president said, ‘I dropped by the bar Hemingway frequented and ordered his favorite rum with mint on rocks.’
Interesting. A president who reads. Books.