Archive: January 24, 2010 - January 30, 2010

In Paulson's book "On the Brink" -- a Bush-Sarkozy battle, Clint Eastwood advice, Reagan principles and worries over Sarah Palin's grasp of the crisis

By Steven Levingston During his sleep-deprived campaign to save America from financial collapse, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson watched as former President George W. Bush beat back efforts by French President Nicolas Sarkozy to steal into the limelight, got advice from Clint Eastwood on how to handle House Speaker Nancy...

By Steven E. Levingston | January 28, 2010; 6:43 PM ET | Comments (11)

J.D. Salinger, mystery man in photos

Rarely seen so rarely photographed, J.D. Salinger didn't leave a lot of images of himself behind. Here are a few photos said to be of the writer....

By Steven E. Levingston | January 28, 2010; 2:36 PM ET | Comments (2)

'Catcher in the Rye' author J.D. Salinger dies

By Bart Barnes Special to The Washington Post Thursday, January 28, 2010; 2:09 PM J.D. Salinger, 91, a celebrated author and enigmatic recluse whose 1951 novel "The Catcher in the Rye" became an enduring anthem of adolescent angst and youthful rebellion and a classic of 20th-century American literature, has died...

By Steven E. Levingston | January 28, 2010; 1:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Corporate balancing act: how businesses can bolster profits while protecting the environment

Ray Anderson set out to prove a point: you can do good business and do good for the environment. He put his now billion-dollar carpet company on a path to achieve 100 percent sustainability and still boost production and profitability. In "Confessions of a Radical Industrialist: Profits, People, Purpose...

By Steven E. Levingston | January 28, 2010; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

What's in Obama's head?

By Steven Levingston As President Obama tackles the big issues on all fronts - war, economy, health care, Republican electoral momentum - now more than ever it would be instructive to know what's really in his head. A new book, "Inside Obama's Brain" (Portfolio, $24.95), offers to provide just that....

By Steven E. Levingston | January 27, 2010; 11:17 AM ET | Comments (1)

Poet's Choice: "In a Beautiful Country" by Kevin Prufer

I live in a tiny town in Missouri, about 10 miles down Highway 50 from Whiteman Air Force Base. Several times a day, a B-2 bomber flies above my classroom, rumbling, beautiful and terrifying. Sometimes, my students come to class in fatigues. They finish their homework between military and family...

By Ron Charles | January 26, 2010; 8:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

China is not likely to surpass United States as global economic superpower, new book predicts

By Steven Levingston Joel Kotkin has some reassuring words for Americans worried that their country is in decline. In a book due out next month, the international futurist says China isn't likely to overtake the United States as the world's economic superpower in coming decades, countering predictions of some forecasters...

By Steven E. Levingston | January 26, 2010; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (12)

Obama's dilemma: Whither the Iranian revolution?

One of President Obama's trickiest foreign policy challenges is Iran. Obama has taken tentative steps to defuse tensions with a country President Bush included in his axis of evil. But understanding Iran may come only by better understanding the nature of its long-running revolution. Saïd Amir Arjomand, founder and former...

By Steven E. Levingston | January 25, 2010; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

 

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