Presidential 'Wish List'
All the President's Books
Its highlights included The Book of Execution, Baseball Jokes and Riddles, and Pronounce It Perfectly in English. Nonfiction best-sellers in The New York Times? Reading list for a bizarre new course at Harvard? Nope. Try George W. Bush’s personal Wish List, which was posted on Amazon.com — for a few days, anyway. Masterminded by the cheeky subversives at the webzine Modern Humorist (and still available at modernhumorist.com/wishlist), the fake list came with comments purportedly written by Bush. (On Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit, by Al Gore: ”Psych! Don’t really buy this for me. It sux!!”) It was removed from Amazon Jan. 19, shortly after the final ”entry” (the videotape Mr. Holland’s Opus) was added. Blame the takedown on a nervous Amazon.com home office. Says company spokesman Bill Curry: ”It was very funny. Too bad it wasn’t legitimate.”