The world is talking about George W. Bush reading Camus's L'Estranger. Now, I have been bitching about this to my colleague for the past few days.
Firstly: Just because he quotes from the book (probably written by someone else for him) doesn't mean the President has actually read the book personally.
Secondly: If he really did pick it up, it's probably because he thought L'Estranger is a nice short book. Easy to read.
But maybe it's just the gripping storyline that caught Bush's attention.
On an aside: Harry Potter is more well-known than Tony Blair in a survey on Americans. This, the nation that voted George W. Bush, Camus-reader, for 2 Presidential terms.