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Political Bookworm: April 11, 2010 - April 17, 2010

April 18, 2010

1. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (Norton, $27.95). By Michael Lewis 2. The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama (Knopf, $29.95). By David Remnick 3. On the Brink: Inside the Race to Stop the Collapse of...

By Christopher Schoppa  |  April 17, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Politics Best Sellers  
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April 18, 2010

NONFICTION HARDCOVER 1. THE BIG SHORT: INSIDE THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE (Norton, $27.95). By Michael Lewis. The murky world of financial derivatives. (4) 2. THE BRIDGE: THE LIFE AND RISE OF BARACK OBAMA (Knopf, $29.95). By David Remnick. From Indonesia...

By Christopher Schoppa  |  April 17, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Best Sellers  
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Rove eludes citizen's arrest at book signings

Karl Rove's book tour has hit a few bumps along the road. Early this week he was confronted by Jodie Evans, co-founder of the activist group Code Pink, at a Las Vegas book signing where she attempted to perform a...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  April 16, 2010; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Tags: Karl Rove and Courage and Consequence, citizen's arrest, code pink, jodie evans confronting rove, rove and his book  
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A century of Mideast mistakes

In his new book, “Quicksand: America’s Pursuit of Power in the Middle East,” military historian Geoffrey Wawro takes a sweeping look at U.S. engagement in the region over the past century. He discovers that today’s problems reflect a tendency to...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  April 16, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Tags: Iraq War, Paul Wolfowitz, Saudi Arabia, u.s. errors in the middle east, u.s. middle east policy  
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America as a new Rome?

It’s an easy comparison – and one bandied about without much thought: the United States of today is a lot like the Roman Empire of antiquity. Only problem is, as Vaclav Smil shows in his new book, it’s a misleading...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  April 15, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Guest Blogger  | Tags: Ancient Rome, Roman Empire, america like roman empire, american power  
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The battle between free enterprise and big government is America's new culture war

You don’t have to look very hard to see that America is engaged in a culture war. To Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, it’s not a war over gun control, abortion or gay rights but rather...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  April 14, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Tags: Arthur C. Brooks, Capitalism, Democracy, Economic freedom, Liberty, Pew Research Center, Politics, United States  
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Beck book cover(s) revealed

The cover for Glenn Beck’s upcoming novel is blank on its Amazon page. Just his name, with a note saying: Cover to be unveiled. Now in a masterful publicity stunt, the P.T. Barnum of Politics is inviting his followers into...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  April 13, 2010; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Tags: Glenn Beck, Overton Window, cover for new glenn beck novel  
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How to choose a Supreme Court justice

As Justice John Paul Stevens prepares to retire from the Supreme Court, President Obama has to weigh a raft of considerations in choosing his successor. With a bit of fortuitous timing, Bill Barnhart and Gene Schlickman have recently completed a...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  April 13, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Guest Blogger  | Tags: Barack Obama, Bush v. Gore, Justice Stevens, Law clerk, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court, Supreme Court of the United States, battle over supreme court justice, retirement of John Paul Stevens, selecting a supreme court justice  
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Pulitzer Prizes for nonfiction

History -- Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed (The Penguin Press) Biography -- The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles (Alfred A. Knopf) General Nonfiction -- The Dead Hand:...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  April 12, 2010; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags: Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World, The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and its Dangerous Legacy  
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Impossibility of nuclear security

President Obama has big ambitions for his nuclear security summit on Monday and Tuesday. He wants nothing less than agreement among dozens of countries to work toward locking down all loose nuclear materials in four years. With the goal of...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  April 12, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Guest Blogger  | Tags: Enriched uranium, Fort Knox, National security, Nuclear power, Nuclear weapon, Plutonium, Russia, Terrorism, locking down nuclear materials, obama's nuclear security summit  
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