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Political Bookworm: May 16, 2010 - May 22, 2010

BOOK WORLD: May 23, 2010

1. Spoken from the Heart (Scribner, $30). By Laura Bush 2. War (Twelve, $26.99). By Sebastian Junger 3. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (Norton, $27.95). By Michael Lewis 4. Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of...

By Christopher Schoppa  |  May 22, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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BOOK WORLD: May 23, 2010

NONFICTION HARDCOVER 1. WOMEN FOOD AND GOD: AN UNEXPECTED PATH TO ALMOST EVERYTHING (Scribner, $24). By Geneen Roth. Tackling compulsive eating. (5) 2. SPOKEN FROM THE HEART (Scribner, $30) By Laura Bush. The former first lady’s reflections on eight years...

By Christopher Schoppa  |  May 22, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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New rules of war and peace

What happens when a peace advocate and a career army officer come together to write a book on how best to protect populations around the world and encourage development in the 21st century? You get a model for opposite ends...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  May 21, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Guest Blogger  | Tags: ensuring human security, making the world safe, new rules of war and peace  
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Jewish group condemns Gingrich for comparing Obama's policies to the Nazi and Soviet threats

By Stephen Lowman The American Jewish Committee has called on the GOP to condemn a statement in Newt Gingrich's new book that says the Obama White House is as big a danger to the United States as were Nazi Germany...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  May 20, 2010; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Say What  | Tags: comparison of obama policies to nazi germany, newt gingrich's book  
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Two new books explore the liberal tradition from the right and the left

Two recently signed books take the liberal tradition to task from opposite sides of the political spectrum. Jay Cost is a thoughtful political analyst who delivers a granular, conservative perspective on his HorseRaceBlog at RealClearPolitics.com. His knowledge goes deep –...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  May 20, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tomorrows Titles Today  | Tags: decline of liberal institutions, liberal tradition, threat of democratic party  
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10 fictitious Tea Party beliefs

In a recent Political Bookworm item focusing on his book “The Virtues of Mendacity: On Lying in Politics,” guest blogger Martin Jay noted that “truth-telling is not always the best policy in even the most democratic of political contexts.” John...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  May 19, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
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Immigration's strain on democracy

The United States has always been enhanced and challenged by immigration. America’s democratic ideals have kept the gates open to those seeking a freer, and more prosperous, life. But the flood of undocumented immigrants has put pressure on American tolerance...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  May 18, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Guest Blogger  | Tags: arizona immigration law, civil liberties and immigration, flow of undocumented immigrants  
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A liberal religious renaissance?

To some observers, religion and conservatism have become inextricably fused. But to the Rev. John A. Buehrens and theology professor Rebecca Ann Parker, something new is emerging -- a liberal religious renaissance. In their book “A House for Hope: The...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  May 17, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Guest Blogger  | Tags: liberal theology, progressive religion  
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