Yann Martell of course started the trend of making pointed political comment with the book gift or two.
More recently The New York Times asked authors including Junot Diaz, Lorrie Moore (who recommended Macbeth for Hilalry Clinton!) and Barbara Kingsolver to suggest titles for the presidential hopefuls, after Obama was seen reading Fareed Zakaria The Post-American World. (Which I would really like to read myself.)
Guy Damman on The Guardian blog passed on the question on to its readers with some interesting results.
And I pass it on to you too. What books would you say are must-reads for Cane and Obama (now that it's down to a two-horse race)?
And, of course (and much more interestingly), which books would you like to see in the hands of Malaysia's own politicians?