Now that we finally know who the candidates will be, here are three books on subjects they ought to be interested in.
Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army (Nation Books), by Jeremy Scahill, is an updated version of an investigation into the private force that has been a major factor in the war in Iraq.
Fellow Citizens: The Penguin Book of U.S. Presidential Inaugural Addresses (Penguin), edited by Robert V. Remini and Terry Golway, offers brief historical introductions as well as the speeches themselves, from the forgettable to the inspiring.
Stuffed & Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System (Melville House), by Raj Patel, serves up the interconnections between the threats of famine and obesity, the impact of petrochemicals and biofuels, and other elements of the growing global food crisis.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor