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Political Bookworm: June 27, 2010 - July 3, 2010

BOOK WORLD *July 4, 2010*

1. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (Norton, $27.95). By Michael Lewis 2. War (Twelve, $26.99). By Sebastian Junger 3. Spoken from the Heart (Scribner, $30). By Laura Bush 4. The Blueprint: Obama's Plan to Subvert the Constitution and...

By Christopher Schoppa  |  July 3, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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BOOK WORLD *July 4, 2010*

NONFICTION HARDCOVER 1. SH*T MY DAD SAYS (It, $15.99) By Justin Halpern. A son gleans wisdom from his 73-year old dad; the inspiration for a forthcoming sitcom. (4) 2. MEDIUM RAW: A BLOODY VALENTINE TO THE WORLDOF FOOD AND THE...

By Christopher Schoppa  |  July 3, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dangers of the filibuster

In the past 50 years, the filibuster has become institutionalized in the Senate and has had a powerful impact on policy and legislation. In “Filibustering: A Political History of Obstruction in the House and Senate,” recently released by The University...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  July 2, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Invisible undocumented workers

The contentious issue of immigration needs a practical solution that is politically viable, argues Jorge Ramos in “A Country for All: An Immigrant Manifesto,” published today by Vintage. He outlines why immigration reform is necessary and why it’s beneficial to...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  July 1, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Guest Blogger  | Tags: undocumented workers; immigration debate;  
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Lady Gaga, guns and McChrystal

During the Vietnam War and long after, Jane Fonda was demonized as Hanoi Jane for her peace activism which took her to North Vietnam in 1972 where she famously – or infamously – was photographed seated on an anti-aircraft gun....

By Steven E. Levingston  |  June 30, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Guest Blogger  | Tags: mcchrystal in rolling stone; hanoi jane and afghanistan; lady gaga and mcchrystal  
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Tea Party as Western movie

Philosopher Robert Pippin takes a wide-angle view of the politics expressed in old Hollywood Westerns. The films reflect American passions about the country’s founding and political allegiances through the years, he explains in “Hollywood Westerns and American Myth: The Importance...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  June 29, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Guest Blogger  | Tags: tea party and hollywood westerns  
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America's new electorate

In the view of John Kenneth White, a professor of politics at Catholic University in D.C., the Reagan era is dead and buried. One need look no further than the election of Barack Obama. In his book “Barack Obama’s America:...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  June 28, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Guest Blogger  | Tags: america's changing culture; white minority; end of reagan era;  
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