McCain’s suggestions range from history books to popular novels, and most were published in 2012.

His list: The nonfiction tome “The Generals: American military command from World War II to today” by Thomas E. Ricks; the bestselling mystery novel “Gone girl” by Gillian Flynn; biography “Catherine the Great: Portrait of a woman” by Robert K. Massie; another bestseller, “Room: A novel” by Emma Donoghue; biography of a city “Jerusalem” by Simon Sebag Montefiore; classic “For whom the bell tolls” by Ernest Hemingway.