Tevi Troy has a new book out this month: "What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of Popular Culture in the White House." Ranging, Troy says, "from Cicero to Snooki," it's a good gift for your favorite political buff. Among the trivia: Book collecting, a hobby of Thomas Jefferson's, was expensive. In 1776, a new copy of Adam Smith's "The Wealth of Nations" would have cost about the same as an iPad.
What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted
200 Years of Popular Culture in the White House
by Tevi Troy
Regnery History, 2013. 416 pp. $18.95
Reviewed by Washingtonian