December 28, 2007

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Friday, December 28, 2007

Show Summary: Presidential candidates and their autobiographies, a gossip columnist turns Iraq war correspondent, plus some of our favorite books of 2007.


From Giuliani’s “Leadership” to Clinton’s “Living History,” having a book - or two or three - seems like a prerequisite for candidacy in 2008. Emily Heil of the congressional newspaper Roll Call has read a whole stack of them - so you don't have to.

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Tell Me Sweet Little Lies

Michael Kinsley is a longtime columnist and editor, mostly of non-fiction. He also happens to think there’s much too much of the stuff and even he has trouble staying afloat in the sea of new books each year. Kinsley explains his predicament.

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Race Beat

In the 1950s, the mainstream American press had very little experience covering segregation and its impacts. In The Race Beat, Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff tell the story of how the civil rights struggle gradually made its way onto the front pages.

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Sister Christian

Nearly a century ago, Aimee Semple McPherson became the model of the modern, self-made media sensation. In a biography, Matthew Avery Sutton argues that ‘Sister’ Aimee’s savvy brand of religion brought Christian evangelicalism into the mainstream.

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Get Happy!

Bob offers his appreciation of one reporter's global search for a journalistic rarity, happy stories.


The Gun Heard Round the World

The AK-47, one of Russia’s most popular exports, turned 60 this year. Michael Hodges, author of AK47: The Story of the People’s Gun, says that the weapon Mikhail Kalashnikov invented to defend his motherland has become a symbol of Third World revolutionary struggle and ...

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First One In

As the Iraq War got underway, Nicholas Kulish experienced it first-hand as an embedded reporter for The Wall Street Journal. But his novel, Last One In, takes a less journalistic approach and instead tells the story of ...

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