Orrin Hatch the book critic

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has been doing some heavy reading lately.

At a press conference Wednesday on financial reform, Hatch recounted the several books he's read recently on the financial crisis, offering specific praise for each.

"Ben Bernanke told me to read two books. One was the 'The Ascent of Money' and the other was 'The Panic of 1907,'" Hatch said. "And I did read those."

But those aren't the only tomes Hatch has been studying.

"Last week I read Hank Paulson's book 'On the Brink...this week I will complete Sorkin's book on too big to fail," he said, referring to NYT reporter Aaron Sorkin's book "Too Big to Fail."

"If you read that book, 'On the Brink,' you realize that they just went from one financial crisis to another," he said of the Treasury Department's scramble as the financial panic hit. "They didn't know what to do. They had to work by the seat of their pants. It was amazing what they were able to do through all of those various impending crises that really could have put our country right down."

He continued: "Frankly, it was an extremely interesting book for me to read, as were the others, as is too big to fail. too big to fail is a litlte bit like a novel it's just that interesting.