Book Reviews

How Richard Nixon Was Brought to Justice

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.

Transforming the Political Dialogue: A Call for Reason

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.

Going Down the Tubes?

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

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)

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

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?

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. 

America the Failed Superpower

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, Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant

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.

Rebuilding the Progressive Movement

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).

Marred by Attitude

A review of Spider Mountain by P.T. Deutermann (New York: St. Martin's, 2007).