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How Richard Nixon Was Brought to Justice

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The Conviction of RICHARD NIXON; the untold story of the Frost/Nixon Interviews by James Reston, Jr. (Harmony Books, New York (2007), $22, 207pp.
In 1974, Richard Nixon averted impeachment by resigning the presidency and shortly after he was given a pardon by Gerald Ford. Three years later he agreed to be interviewed by David Frost on his widely syndicated American television show. In return he received a payment of over a $1,000,000.

Going Down the Tubes?

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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:

Fighting Back is Important

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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.

Breaking News: How the Associated Press Has Covered War, Peace, and Everything Else

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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.

Where is U.S. Journalism Headed?

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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. 

Born on a Blue Day, Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant

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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.