Rick Perry and Glenn Beck Have Similar Taste in Books

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HOUSTON, UNITED STATES:  US President George W. Bush (R) and Texas Governor Rick Perry (L) listen while schoolgirl Nancy Jara (C) reads from US second lady Lynne Cheney's new children's book "America: A Patriotic Primer" during a visit to the association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans 14 June, 2002 in Houston, Texas. President Bush spent 20 minutes touring the facility with the governor of Texas before participating in an evening fund raiser for his former Lt. Governor.   AFP PHOTO/TIM SLOAN (Photo credit should read TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, UNITED STATES: US President George W. Bush (R) and Texas Governor Rick Perry (L) listen while schoolgirl Nancy Jara (C) reads from US second lady Lynne Cheney's new children's book "America: A Patriotic Primer" during a visit to the association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans 14 June, 2002 in Houston, Texas. President Bush spent 20 minutes touring the facility with the governor of Texas before participating in an evening fund raiser for his former Lt. Governor. AFP PHOTO/TIM SLOAN (Photo credit should read TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: TIM SLOAN

At least according to this Rick Perry reading list, pieced together a Mother Jones reporter. For instance, Perry read The Five Thousand Year Leap: 28 Great Ideas That Changed the World, for which Beck wrote the foreword. Perry's own summary of the work: "He asserts that natural law, God's law, is the basis of our nation's laws."

Don't tell the National Review, but the Texas governor also reads fiction. He's supposedly a fan of Vince Flynn, who writes paperback thrillers about the war on terror. According to a New Republic profile of Flynn, his novels' hero "exhibits such a talent for maiming, torturing, and killing Muslim bad guys that he makes Jack Bauer look like a simpering ACLU attorney. Beck, by the way, is also an enthusiastic Flynn reader.

Perry's other favorites include various Texas histories, military tomes, and the Bible. This guy is way too into chick lit to become president.

The Rick Perry Book Club [Mother Jones]