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Achenblog: September 20, 2009 - September 26, 2009

Elevators Without Buttons

They've re-invented the elevator, which is probably a good idea, but my initial encounter today did not go smoothly. It was in the lobby of a polished downtown office building. You don't hit the "up" arrow or the "down"...

By Joel Achenbach  |  September 25, 2009; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (256)
 
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Today's Talkers

There's a certain kind of story known in the business as a Talker. A piece that you know is going to make the most-e-mailed and most-commented lists and make its mark on real-world conversation. Here are a few circulating...

By Joel Achenbach  |  September 24, 2009; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (191)
 
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More On "The Clinton Tapes" [Updated]

I've been so busy I've only had time to skim Taylor Branch's book on President Clinton (searching, of course, for the sex scenes). So it's too early for me to weigh in on this book in any substantive and...

By Joel Achenbach  |  September 22, 2009; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (164)
 
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The Clinton Tapes

Political junkies will be buzzing about the Lewinsky stuff in Taylor Branch's Clinton book -- and the Clinton-Gore rift, and the president's nasty comment about MoDo (see the David Corn summary). But what impresses me as I skip through...

By Joel Achenbach  |  September 22, 2009; 7:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
 
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Boris Yeltsin's Pizza Run

From Susan Page at USA Today we read about the new doorstopper of a book from Taylor Branch about the secret Clinton tapes. You gotta love this scene: He also relayed how Boris Yeltsin's late-night drinking during a visit...

By Joel Achenbach  |  September 21, 2009; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (111)
 
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Meanwhile, In Afghanistan...

Anyone favoring more troops and a full-blown counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan should read David Finkel's book, "The Good Soldiers." It might not change your opinion about the strategy -- but it will at least bring to life what it's...

By Joel Achenbach  |  September 21, 2009; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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