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Political Bookworm: April 25, 2010 - May 1, 2010

BOOK WORLD: May 2, 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. 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown...

By Christopher Schoppa  |  May 1, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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BOOK WORLD: May 2, 2010

NONFICTION HARDCOVER 1. THE BIG SHORT: INSIDE THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE (Norton, $27.95). By Michael LewisThe murky world of financial derivatives. (6) 2. OPRAH: A BIOGRAPHY (Crown, $30) By Kitty Kelley. The celebrity biographer’s unauthorized look at the life of the...

By Christopher Schoppa  |  May 1, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Best Sellers  
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Reagan and the occult

Ronald Reagan had an interest in lucky numbers and newspaper horoscopes. Less known is that a certain scholar of occult philosophy had a lifelong influence on the 40th president of the United States. Mitch Horowitz, editor-in-chief of Tarcher/Penguin and the...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  April 30, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Guest Blogger  | Tags: ronald reagan and the occult  
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The calm-spirited Laura Bush

Does Laura Bush ever raise her voice? Looking for hints of it in her new book, “Spoken from the Heart,” is a pretty futile undertaking. It seems strange that for a woman who was in the center of one of...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  April 28, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Tags: first lady's memoir, laura bush's memoir, speaking from the heart  
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How polarization benefits democracy

Everybody knows that the polarization of American politics only damages our democracy. But wait – could everybody be wrong? Political scientist Alan I. Abramowitz has a different view. In “The Disappearing Center: Engaged Citizens, Polarization and American Democracy,” published by...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  April 28, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Guest Blogger  | Tags: political partisanship, political polarization  
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Arizona immigration law ignores migrant deaths

Margaret Regan knows the Arizona border tensions up close. The Tucson journalist has written on migration from Mexico over the past decade and has poured her experience into “The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona-Mexico Borderlands,” published by...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  April 27, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Guest Blogger  | Tags: arizona anti-immigration law, arizona immigration bill, deaths of migrants, illegal immigration, racial profiling  
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Laws fail to remedy workplace inequality of women

What underlies gender inequality in the workplace? In “Gendered Tradeoffs: Family, Social Policy, and Economic Inequality in Twenty-one Countries,” Becky Pettit and Jennifer Hook discover that a complex mix of national polices and personal choices contribute to unequal employment conditions...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  April 26, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Guest Blogger  | Tags: Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, Parental leave, inequality in the workplace  
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