- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 13, 2015

President Obama’s idea of a little light beach reading includes a book that foretells the extinction of the human race.

The president is reading “The Sixth Extinction,” by New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert, which examines past mass extinctions and demonstrates that the Earth and humans are in the midst of a “sixth” mass extinction.

The White House Thursday released a list of books that Mr. Obama is reading while on a two-week vacation with his family on the Massachusetts Island of Martha’s Vineyard. Also on the president’s summer reading list:

— “All That Is,” by James Salter.
— “All The Light We Cannot See,” by Anthony Doerr.
— “The Lowland,” by Jhumpa Lahiri.
— “Between The World and Me,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
— “Washington: A Life,” by Ron Chernow.

The president and his family spent the day at the beach Thursday with friends.

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