Well, from Karl Rove comes confirmation of Bush's fascination with history. He writes:
And, Rove assures us, this heavy routine of serious reading, especially of history, has been going on for several years.
[President Bush's] reading this year included a heavy dose of history -- including David Halberstam's "The Coldest Winter," Rick Atkinson's "Day of Battle," Hugh Thomas's "Spanish Civil War," Stephen W. Sears's "Gettysburg" and David King's "Vienna 1814." There's also plenty of biography -- including U.S. Grant's "Personal Memoirs"; Jon Meacham's "American Lion"; James M. McPherson's "Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief" and Jacobo Timerman's "Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number."
Each year, the president also read the Bible from cover to cover, along with a daily devotional.
Read the whole thing here.
Interestingly enough, the comments section attached to the article evinces precisely the same reaction I received from the women with whom I talked -- the readers simply refused to believe that President Bush is an avid reader of serious works.