Archive: December 6, 2009 - December 12, 2009

Sarah Palin ends her book tour where it all began

Sarah Palin shakes hands with Mark Hamilton, from Post Falls, as he makes his way through the autograph line on Dec. 10 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. (AP Photo/Coeur d'Alene Press, Jerome A. Pollos) Former Vice-Presidential nominee, former Alaskan Governor and (briefly) former infant resident Sarah Palin returned to Sandpoint,...

By Ron Charles | December 11, 2009; 11:31 AM ET | Comments (17)

Washington DC Critics on the Best Books of 2009

I had a great time this week looking back at my favorite books with some of my favorite reviewers. Lou Bayard and Maureen Corrigan, who review regularly for Book World, were guests along with me on Bethanne Patrick's PBS-WETA show "The Book Studio." Look for all of Book World's best...

By Ron Charles | December 11, 2009; 5:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

The fractious debate over Iraqi women's rights

Women vote in the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar in Dec. 2005. (Ann Scott Tyson/The Washington Post) Women in Iraq had freer lives than women in other Arab states before the war erupted. Now, it seems, the clock has rolled backwards and women face tougher choices and narrowed...

By Steven E. Levingston | December 10, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (3)

Author Kessler: Salahi incident "the result of serial shortcomings and corner-cutting" at Secret Service

Ronald Kessler roiled the Secret Service in August with release of his latest book, "In the President's Secret Service." Kessler claimed he had interviewed more than100 former and current agents for his inside-the -White-House account, which was full of gossip and presidential escapades. Now, the Salahi gate crashing of a...

By Steven E. Levingston | December 9, 2009; 12:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Scourge of toxic chemicals in the environment

When Joyce Egginton's "The Poisoning of Michigan" was published in 1980, it opened eyes to the massive chemical contamination of Michigan's dairy cattle and food supply. The chemical culprit was polybrominated biphenyl, or PBB, a highly toxic fire retardant that persists in the soil and bodies of animals and humans....

By Steven E. Levingston | December 9, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (4)

Plouffe takes on Palin book juggernaut

David Plouffe, Obama's campaign manager, has won the big one and now clearly thinks anything is possible. For one day, today -- Tuesday, Dec. 8 -- he is hoping to push his own book, "The Audacity to Win" past the roaring best seller of Obama's vice-presidential opponent, that literary phenom...

By Steven E. Levingston | December 8, 2009; 5:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Where are the neocons today?

The neocons face their latest challenge in Barack Obama. His election and new vision on foreign policy opens the next chapter in the long-running clash -- and sometimes fraternity -- between presidents and neoconservatives. In their book, "The Forty Years War: the Rise and Fall of the Neocons, from Nixon...

By Steven E. Levingston | December 8, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (12)

A job is good -- a good job is better

The conversation about employment these days is often a simple one: Do you have a job and, if you do, how do you keep it? If you don't, how do you get one? Lost in the desperation is an issue that persists in good and bad times: the quality of...

By Steven E. Levingston | December 7, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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