Category Archives: Politics

The New Johnson (Trump?) Image

    It seems all Presidents, not just Donald Trump, are endlessly fixated on “How am I doing? Do the people worship me?” Early in his political career, Lyndon Johnson squeaked out a 1948 Senate primary victory with a scant … Continue reading

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Lesson For Kim

This story thankfully wound itself down a few weeks ago, but the odd “summit meeting” between Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis and Pope Francis reminds me of a story Billy Graham confesses in his autobiography, “Just As I Am.” As … 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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“The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt”

  When this book first came out, the Miami Herald observed that any writer would envy this towering achievement. Absolutely true! This is a riveting, colorful tale of one of America’s most larger-than-life heroes. Every chapter is filled with the … 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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Book Review: “The Winds of War”

Herman Wouk’s tale is a huge masterpiece: sweeping in terms of plot, character, and history. His knowledge of WWII is staggering; years of research are evident in the story. He also has the rare gift of literary poetry, with imaginative … Continue reading

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Book Review: “The Brethren”

  Woodward does his usual brilliant reporting. It is fascinating to read the play and interplay regarding huge multi-year cases like Roe v. Wade and busing. But it is almost impossible to conceive of how the Court continued to function … Continue reading

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