Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Dirty Laundry... and Some History, Too!

I make my living off the evening news
Just give me something - something I can use
People love it when you lose,
They love dirty laundry --
Lyrics from Dirty Laundry by The Eagles

Politics at all levels seems to have become a contact sport. Here's a few hot political books, with and without wash 'n fold exposé.

Game Change by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin
Two top political reporters offer an inside story of the historic 2008 presidential election.

Crisis and Command by John Yoo
A Berkeley law professor and former Justice Department official explores and defends the expansion of presidential power during war time.

The Politician by Andrew Young
The rise and fall of John Edwards, 2008 presidential candidate.

Bomb Power by Gary Wills
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author (Lincoln at Gettysburg) discusses presidential power post WWII and expands on an idea, first expressed in Necessary Evil, that the atomic bomb altered American democracy.

The Forty Years War by Len Colodny and Tony Shachtman
Two bestselling investigative writers trace the arc of the neoconservative movement from the Nixon era through the end of George W. Bush's second term.