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Political Bookworm: May 9, 2010 - May 15, 2010

BOOK WORLD: May 16, 2010

1. Spoken from the Heart (Scribner, $30). By Laura Bush 2. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (Norton, $27.95). By Michael Lewis 3. The Blueprint: Obama's Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency (Lyons, $22.95) By...

By Christopher Schoppa  |  May 15, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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BOOK WORLD: May 16, 2010

NONFICTION HARDCOVER 1. SPOKEN FROM THE HEART (Scribner, $30). By Laura Bush. The former first lady’s reflections on eight years in the White House and what came before. (1) 2. ABRAHAM LINCOLN’S GETTYSBURG ADDRESS (Threshold Editions, $16.99). By Jack E....

By Christopher Schoppa  |  May 15, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Can Obama learn from Bush's domestic playbook?

President Bush’s domestic initiatives were often overshadowed by his overseas agenda. In “Bush on the Home Front: Domestic Policy Triumphs and Setbacks,” John D. Graham examines Bush’s efforts on taxes, education, health care, energy and other issues. Here, he argues...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  May 14, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Guest Blogger  | Tags: bush domestic agenda, bush legislative agenda, obama and bush strategies, obama domestic agenda  
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Cash-poor America and its future

Once the country with all the money, America is now a cash-poor international debtor. How did we get ourselves in this position and what does it mean for our future role on the global stage? Stephen S. Cohen and J....

By Steven E. Levingston  |  May 13, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Guest Blogger  | Tags: america as debtor nation  
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The virtues of lying in politics

Rarely does a book come along with as delicious a title as Martin Jay’s latest offering from the University of Virginia Press. “The Virtues of Mendacity” isn’t a general study of lying but as its subtitle suggests, “On Lying in...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  May 12, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Guest Blogger  | Tags: lying in politics, political liars, truth in politics  
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Palin's next book, "America By Heart," due Nov. 23

By Hillel Italie AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Sarah Palin’s new book has a title, “America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag,” and a release date, Nov. 23, publisher HarperCollins announced Tuesday. The Alaska ex-governor and...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  May 11, 2010; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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War fever: 1898 and 2003

In his Washington Post review of “The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst and the Rush to Empire, 1898,” James McGrath Morris provided a modern context for author Evan Thomas’s tale of the march to the Spanish American War. Thomas, the...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  May 11, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Guest Blogger  | Tags: Iraq War, Spanish American War, Theodore Roosevelt, rush to war, war fever  
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History’s shadow at the Arizona border

The Arizona borderlands may be the site today of a high-profile immigration battle ostensibly ignited by inaction from Washington, but the territory is no stranger to taking matters into its owns hands when the federal government is perceived to balk....

By Steven E. Levingston  |  May 10, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Guest Blogger  | Tags: Illegal immigration, arizona immigration law, u.s. immigration  
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