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March 28, 2010

1. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (Norton, $27.95). By Michael Lewis 2. Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight (Threshold Editions, $30). By Karl Rove 3. Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and...

By Christopher Schoppa  |  March 27, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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March 28, 2010

NONFICTION HARDCOVER 1. THE BIG SHORT: INSIDE THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE (Norton, $27.95). By Michael Lewis The murky, only recently regulated world of financial derivatives. (1) 2. COURAGE & CONSEQUENCE: MY LIFE AS A CONSERVATIVE IN THE FIGHT (Threshold Editions, $30)....

By Christopher Schoppa  |  March 27, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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How Obama crushes the American dream

Tommy Newberry believes President Obama is a dream killer. The current administration, in Newberry’s view, is stripping away the hard-earned rewards of entrepreneurs and others by denigrating merit and focusing on a state-imposed version of fairness. Newberry, a business success...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  March 26, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Guest Blogger  | Tags: obama shattering american dream; fairness vs. freedom;  
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Obama shopping for Rove memoir?

President Barack Obama smiles as he holds up copies of Karl Rove and Mitt Romney's books as he makes an unannounced stop at Prairie Lights book shop in Iowa City in Iowa, Thursday, March 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  March 25, 2010; 4:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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How the noisy debate over states' rights distorts history and the intent of federalism

Federalism is a founding principle and aspiration of American society. But the cry of states’ rights has come to mean something quite different today from how it was originally intended. Alison L. LaCroix, an assistant professor of law at the...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  March 25, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Guest Blogger  | Tags: states' rights debate; battle over states' rights; issues of federalism  
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Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried," released in 20th anniversary edition, renews war's ambiguity

Tim O’Brien’s book of Vietnam war stories, “The Things They Carried,” won mighty praise when it was first published in 1990. Josiah Bunting, writing in The Washington Post, said the tales were “rendered in an authorial tone, with an evocative,...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  March 24, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Shout Out  | Tags: Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried"  
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A veteran reporter reveals the Middle East; a proliferation expert tracks the nuclear tech trade

Dining with Al-Qaeda: Three Decades Exploring the Many Worlds of the Middle East By Hugh Pope (Thomas Dunne, $26.99) March 16 The author is a seasoned Middle East correspondent, having served for a decade as the Wall Street Journal’s point...

By Christopher Schoppa  |  March 23, 2010; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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America neglects Springsteen’s message

Bruce Springsteen rode to the top of American music as conservatives and market ideologues climbed into power in Washington. His music and the poetry of his lyrics have challenged the status quo for four decades and as his reward he...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  March 23, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Guest Blogger  | Tags: bruce springsteen's politics; springsteen's political impact  
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So you're a senator now, Mr. Brown, and you've landed a book contract. Congratulations! Would you have a moment for the Senate Ethics Committee?

By Stephen Lowman One of Republican Scott Brown’s spoils in grabbing the Massachusetts Senate seat from the Democrats in January was a fat contract to write his story for HarperCollins. But long before his memoirs are published (the book’s scheduled...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  March 22, 2010; 7:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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