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Political Bookworm: October 10, 2010 - October 16, 2010

BOOK WORLD - October 17, 2010

Newbies for the charts covering sales for the past week include --- Ron Chernow's sweeping new biography of the nation's first president, George Washington. Has received rave early reviews, and may yet become the definitive book on the subject. Most...

By Christopher Schoppa  | October 16, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Blair nominated for literary bad sex award

Tony Blair is up for an award he’d probably rather not win. Britain’s Literary Review magazine has nominated him for its annual Bad Sex in Fiction Award for his book A Journey. It’s a double knock on the former Prime...

By Stephen Lowman  | October 15, 2010; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Women with guns

Paxton Quigley is on a mission: to get more guns in the hands of more women. And she’s already well on her way, having trained thousands of women to wield a weapon to protect themselves. “In Armed & Female: Taking...

By Steven E. Levingston  | October 15, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Guest Blogger  | Tags:  women guns; women self protection; women self defense;  
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BOOK WORLD - October 17, 2010

The poli / sci list continues to be long, with several new books (and one old one) popping on the chart ... New books include those from conservative pundit Michael Savage, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank (on the Glenn Beck...

By Christopher Schoppa  | October 15, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Another Tea Party, led by black youth?

Cathy J. Cohen, a political science professor at the University of Chicago, has explored the dreams and reality of young, black Americans and come away with some troubling discoveries. Black young people cling to the same ideals as all Americans:...

By Steven E. Levingston  | October 14, 2010; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Guest Blogger  | Tags:  black youth disillusionment; black youth politics; black youth elections  
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National Book Award finalists -- minus Franzen

The buzz surrounding the finalists for this year’s National Book Awards has focused more on the author left off the list than the ones who made it on. “It’s the Great American Snub,” began the AP’s story on the announcement...

By Stephen Lowman  | October 13, 2010; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Five words shaping our future

The modern technological blur we’re all living through produces new ideas and products constantly, and language trots along trying to keep up. In “Virtual Words: Language on the Edge of Science and Technology,” published this month by Oxford University Press,...

By Steven E. Levingston  | October 13, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Guest Blogger  | Tags:  tech language; future society; virtual words;  
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Reporters and White House at war

If you think the press and the White House go at each other today, tip open Mark Feldstein’s “Poisoning the Press: Richard Nixon, Jack Anderson, and the Rise of Washington's Scandal Culture.” Inside, you’ll discover the masters of the war,...

By Steven E. Levingston  | October 12, 2010; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Guest Blogger  | Tags:  nixon anderson; white house press at war; white house spin; investigative journalists white house;  
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Obama's one-word review of "Freedom"

While vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard in August the president was given an advanced copy of Jonathan Franzen’s much-talked-about new novel. Nearly two months later the review from the White House has come in. When the BBC’s Mark Coles asked Franzen...

By Stephen Lowman  | October 11, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Is racial prejudice bad for your health?

Is racism learned or are we hardwired for it? The question taps into a fundamental concern at the heart of our humanity and is taken up in a series of essays in “Are We Born Racist? New Insights from Neuroscience...

By Steven E. Levingston  | October 11, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Guest Blogger  | Tags:  racism psychology; racism health; hardwired for racism; learned racism  
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