Category Archives: 2012 election

“Duty” by Bob Gates, Secretary of Defense

As a moderately partisan voter, I found it instructive to read Bob Gates’ book, “Duty,” about his service as secretary of defense to presidents of two different parties. Here are my main takeaways. 1) Both Bush and Obama are decent, … Continue reading

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A Healthy Dose of Ambition

This is a readable autobiography describing Sotomayor’s improbable rise to the highest court in the land. Her descriptions of life as an immigrant child are colorful and revealing; this is a briskly-paced tale, interesting to read with a few lagging … Continue reading

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It’s DRAMA Obama

“The Center Holds” packs a lot of insight into one volume. Alter is a seasoned journalist who admits his own passions and biases. This election account is essentially told from the Democratic perspective, but he diligently chides Obama for the … Continue reading

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