What’s Liberal About the Liberal Arts? Michael Berube
The man that man has made is the product of the culture man has devised.1
The Conviction of RICHARD NIXON; the untold story of the Frost/Nixon Interviews by James Reston, Jr. (Harmony Books, New York (2007), $22, 207pp.
The Assault on Reason by Al Gore (Penguin Group, New York, New York (2007).
That this book is not a typical campaign biography is really too bad. Would that every candidate wrote a biography of this quality! Reading it made me seriously consider enrolling in the ranks of the Draft Gore movement.
The Cult of the Amateur: How Today's Internet Is Killing Our Culture (New York: Currency, 2007), by Andrew Keen.
Andrew Keen has written a book that attempts to be a take-down of citizen journalists and bloggers. Before I get into a close look at it, let's set up the discussion through a little imagining:
Strange Piece of Paradise; A Return to the American West to Investigate My Attempted Murder - and Solve the Riddle of it. by Terri Jentz (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York. (2006)
Recently, I had the good fortune to hear Terri Jentz on C-SPAN2 book TV. I imagine I passed it up last year, when it was reviewed in the New York Times, because I am generally put off by the demands of victims for revenge. Luckily I got another prompt to read it.
A good reporter is also a good historian. And a good news organization understands and cherishes its past. It should be no surprise, then, that a book credited to "Reporters of the Associated Press" would be well written, well researched, and based on the best possible documentation. Breaking News: How the Associated Press Has Covered War, Peace, and Everything Else, based in part on the AP' s own files, is all that.
The Rise of the Blogosphere: American Backgrounds by Aaron Barlow (Praeger Publishers, Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc., Westport, CT; London, (March 30, 2007)
Those familiar with Aaron Barlow's postings on ePluribus Media will not be surprised to find his new book both iconoclastic and of compelling interest.
Second Chance, Three Presidents and the Crisis of the American Superpower by Zbigniew Brzezinski. (Cambridge, MA, Basic Books a member of the Perseus Books Group. 2007.)
Born on a Blue Day, by Daniel Tammet, (Free Press, Simon & Schuster, Inc. 2006)
I know that some folks can tune in to the wonders of the human mind through meditation or more mundane forms of introspection, but I love to read memoirs. They give me a window into other people's minds and provide a vantage point from which to ruminate about my own thought processes.
Framing the Debate: Famous Presidential Speeches and How Progressives Can Use Them to Change the Conversation (And Win Elections) (Paperback) by Jeffrey Feldman, with introduction by George Lakoff. (Brooklyn, NY, IG Publishing 2007).