One book on his list:
F Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby.Read about another book on McCrum's list.
Set in the age of "miracles, art and excess", this dark mystery explores, in a different way from Wharton, the shadows of the American dream to which Obama so idealistically subscribes. A useful corrective that every American legislator should be made to read once a year.
The Great Gatsby appears among Kate Atkinson's top ten novels and John Krasinski's six best books, and on the American Book Review's list of the 100 best last lines from novels.