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Politics and Prose (sometimes stylized as Politics & Prose or abbreviated as P&P) is an independent bookstore located in Chevy Chase, Washington, D.C., on Connecticut Avenue. The store was founded in 1984 by co-owners Carla Cohen and Barbara Meade, who expanded the store fivefold to its present size. After a failed sale attempt in 2005, the two co-owners eventually sold the store to current owners Bradley Graham and Lissa Muscatine in 2011. Politics and Prose is known for its knowledgeable staff...



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Jan 11, 2020 Politics and Prose
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John Balaban discusses Empires. An award-winning poet, translator, and authority on Vietnamese literature, Balaban was profoundly shaped by his experiences as a conscientious objector teaching and working with children in Vietnam during the war. Using that experience as one lens for a wide-ranging exploration of empire, his new collection features lyrics, narratives, elegies, and translations from Vietnamese and Romanian poets to illuminate how art has buoyed the human spirit through some of...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Jody Bolz, John Balaban
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Sep 29, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Fatima Bhutto discusses New Kings of the World at Politics and Prose. In groundbreaking work exploring the global mass culture that’s rapidly displacing US exports, Bhutto, a novelist and author of the acclaimed memoir,  Songs of Blood and Sword , offers a lively, inside look at Bollywood, Turkish soap operas, and the South Korean music sensation known as  K-Pop. Showing how these have created a new and easily consumed global popular culture challenging American "soft power",...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Fatima Bhutto
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Sep 29, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Steve Vogel discusses Betrayal in Berlin at Politics and Prose. As Vogel recounts in this vivid recreation of “Operation Gold,” what began as an ambitious CIA/MI6 project to tap into Soviet telecommunication lines via a 1,500 foot tunnel into East Berlin soon turned into a hunt for a dangerous spy. Known as Agent Diamond by his handlers, George Blake was more cryptic and did more damage than other British traitors such as Kim Philby and Guy Burgess. Vogel, a  Washington Post  reporter and...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Steve Vogel
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Sep 29, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Maaza Mengiste discusses The Shadow King at Politics and Prose. Ethiopian novelist Mengiste’s debut,  Beneath the Lion's Gaze , was named one of  The Guardian’ s Ten Best Contemporary African Books. Her eagerly awaited second novel is set in mid-1930s Ethiopia, and recreates Mussolini’s invasion through the experiences of Hirut, an orphaned servant. First compelled to nurse the wounded, Hirut soon takes on an ever larger role in the conflict, eventually disguising a peasant as Haile...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Maaza Mengiste
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Sep 28, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach discusses The Many Names For Mother. Author of the chapbook  The Bear Who Ate the Stars,  Dasbach won the 2018 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize for her first full-length collection, which contest judge Ellen Bass called "a compelling book about origins.” One strand of Dasbach’s work explores ancestral histories, and she writes powerfully about being the descendant of Holocaust survivors. A piece on traveling to the death camps in Poland while pregnant segues...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Jose Padua, Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach
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Sep 28, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Ian Brennan discusses Silenced by Sound at Politics and Prose. Brennan is a Grammy-award winning record producer, but his multi-track career also includes writing, lecturing on violence prevention, and promoting voices from underheard regions and persecuted populations. He follows  How Music Dies (or Lives) , his penetrating examination of questions of authenticity in an age of technological glibness, with this discussion of the challenges of access and distribution facing art, music, and...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Ian Brennan, John Waters
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Sep 28, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Susan Neiman discusses Learning From The Germans at Politics and Prose. Author of the classic study,  Evil in Modern Thought , Neiman in her new book looks to the past for lessons in how we can mitigate today’s resurgence of hatred and divisiveness. Combining philosophy, stories—including her own experiences as a Southern white raised in the civil rights-era and a Jew who has lived for extended periods in Berlin—and interviews with American and German activists such as James Meredith,...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Susan Neiman
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Sep 27, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Ta-Nehisi Coates discusses The Water Dancer. The Water Dancer  is a bracingly original vision of the world of slavery, written with the narrative force of a great adventure. Driven by Coates’ bold imagination and striking ability to bring readers deep into the interior lives of his brilliantly rendered characters, this is the story of America's oldest struggle—the struggle to tell the truth—from one of our most exciting thinkers and beautiful writers. Young Hiram Walker was born into...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Ibram X. Kendi
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Sep 27, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Lara Prescott discusses The Secrets We Kept. Prescott won the 2016  Crazyhorse  Fiction Prize for the first chapter of her gripping debut novel, which uses historical details to tell the story of Sally and Irina, two well-educated women who are sprung from the CIA’s typing pool to smuggle the manuscript of  Dr. Zhivago  out of the Soviet Union so it can be published. Intercutting Sally and Irina’s adventures—one is already an accomplished spy and the other is learning fast—with...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Lara Prescott, Jennifer Croft
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Sep 26, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Gabby Rivera discusses Juliet Takes a Breath at Politics and Prose. Juliet Milagros Palante just earned the internship of her dreams, and is leaving the Bronx for Portland, Oregon to work for her favorite feminist writer. The night before she leaves, she decides to come out to her family—something she never planned on doing. Unfortunately, it doesn’t go well. Her only hope is that Harlowe Brisbane, a feminist savant, expert on women’s bodies and queer culture, will help her figure out how...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Gabby Rivera
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Sep 26, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Benjamin Moser discusses Sontag: Her Life and Work at Politics and Prose. Moser’s comprehensive biography of Susan Sontag (1933-2004), one of the most formidable thinkers of the twentieth century, draws on special access to Sontag’s restricted archive—full of unpublished journals, medical files, personal papers, and computer files—as well as on interviews with Sontag’s wide circle, including people key to her life who haven’t spoken publically about her, such as Salman Rushdie and...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Benjamin Moser, Susan Sontag
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Sep 26, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Liana Finck discusses Excuse Me at Politics and Prose. Finck, a cartoonist and illustrator equally at home on Instagram and in the pages of  The New Yorker , follows her acclaimed graphic memoir,  Passing for Human,  with this wide-ranging collection of more than 500 drawings and cartoons. Representing the best of her published work from the last few years along with brand-new pieces, the book is divided into chapters including Love & Dating, Gender & Other Politics, Animals, and...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Liana Finck
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Sep 25, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Jean-Baptiste Del Amo discusses Animalia at Politics and Prose. Del Amo is one of France’s most exciting young writers as well as a prominent voice for animal rights, and his first novel to appear in English is an impassioned epic in the naturalistic vein of Zola. Tracing a century of socio-cultural change through the lives of a farming family in southwestern France, the novel opens in 1898 in Puy-Larroque where Éléonore lives with her parents and cousin on a farm that lacks running water....
Topics: Politics and Prose, Jean-Baptiste del Amo
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Sep 25, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Leslie Jamison discusses Make It Scream, Make It Burn at Politics and Prose. With  The Empathy Exams  and  The Recovering —her deeply considered studies of suffering and addiction—Jamison proved herself a writer as compassionate as she is fearless. In the fourteen wide-ranging essays of her new collection, she employs a mix of memoir, criticism, and journalism to examine themes of memory and connection. Writing with her signature intellectual and emotional honesty, Jamison explores the...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Leslie Jamison
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Sep 24, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Pamela Paul and Maria Russo discuss How To Raise a Reader at Politics and Prose. Expanding on their popular article of the same title, Paul and Russo, the  Times Book Review  editor and children’s books editor, respectively, draw on their deep knowledge of young people’s literature and their own cherished early experiences with books for this engaging primer on how to show children the lifelong joys of reading. Organized in five sections, the book addresses the specific needs of children...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Pamela Paul, Maria Russo
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Sep 23, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Rick Riordan discusses The Tyrant's Tomb. It's not easy being Apollo, especially when you've been turned into a human and banished from Olympus. On his path to restoring five ancient oracles and reclaiming his godly powers, Apollo (aka Lester Papadopoulos) has faced both triumphs and tragedies. Now his journey takes him to Camp Jupiter in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the Roman demigods are preparing for a desperate last stand against the evil Triumvirate of Roman emperors. Hazel, Reyna,...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Rick Riordan
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Sep 23, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Boehm, a Texas-born playwright and director, was staging plays in Poland in 1988 when he learned that a US publisher needed someone to translate Ingeborg Bachmann’s avant-garde masterpiece  Malina  into English. With no special training, aside from a dramatist's sensitivity to the nuances of voice, Boehm took the assignment and now has rendered over thirty works from German and Polish into award-winning English editions, translating authors like Bertolt Brecht, Franz Kafka, and Herta...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Phillip Boehm, Arthur Koestler
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Sep 23, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Between mid-October 2016 and mid-July 2017, forces led by the Iraqi government battled ISIS for control of Mosul. Verini, an award-winning journalist and  National Geographic  staff writer, spent over eight months on the front lines during what the Pentagon described as “the most significant urban combat since World War II.” His first-hand account is a compelling and graphic glimpse of the reality of the conflict, an illuminating profile of those engaged in it, and a detailed history of...
Topics: Politics and Prose, James Verini
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Sep 22, 2019 Politics and Prose
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David Markovsky discusses Be Strong and Of Good Courage at Politics and Prose. Drawing on his extensive knowledge of the Middle East as a policy maker, writer, and commentator, Makovsky, Ziegler distinguished fellow at The Washington Institute and director of the Project on Arab-Israel Relations, profiles the lives and legacies of Israel’s founding generation. Co-written with diplomat Dennis Ross and focusing on figures including David Ben-Gurion, Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Rabin, and Ariel...
Topics: Politics and Prose, David Markovsky
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Sep 22, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Imani Perry discusses Breathe: a Letter to My Sons at Politics and Prose. Addressed to her two sons, Perry’s book is a profound and personal reflection on race and the challenges for both Black parents and children in a world that increasingly denies Black boys their humanity. Writing in the vein of James Baldwin and Ta-Nehisi Coates, Perry, Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton and author of books including  Looking for Lorraine,  is open and honest about the...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Imani Perry
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Sep 22, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Gina Rippon discusses Gender and Our Brains at Politics and Prose. In her important new book, Rippon, an international researcher in cognitive neuroscience, assembles the latest results from psychology and state-of-the-art brain imaging techniques to prove that there is no biological distinction between male and female brains. Showing that seemingly gender-based brain differences are the products of pseudoscience rooted in social factors, Rippon cites the overwhelming evidence that indicates...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Gina Rippon
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Sep 22, 2019 Politics and Prose
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John DeDakis discusses Fake at Politics and Prose. A mystery novelist and writing workshop coach for The Writer’s Center and Politics and Prose, and former senior copy editor for CNN’s  The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer , DeDakis introduced the strong-willed, strong-minded Lark Chadwick in his 2013  Fast Track . Looking for purpose, Chadwick found it in journalism, and the latest volume of the series opens with her interviewing the First Lady, Rose Gannon. The story explodes, however,...
Topics: Politics and Prose, John DeDakis
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Sep 21, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Jim Wallis discusses Christ in Crisis? at Politics and Prose. Focusing on faith rather than politics, Wallis, a noted public theologian, founder and editor of  Sojourners,  and the author of books including  America’s Original Sin,  offers a spiritual solution to healing the divisiveness afflicting the country. Building on “Reclaiming Jesus,” the May 2018 declaration he wrote with other church leaders, Wallis reminds us of eight questions Christ was asked, using these as a framework...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Jim Wallis
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Sep 21, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Stephen Kinzer discusses Poisoner in Chief at Politics and Prose. The MK-ULTRA mind control project may sound like a paranoid fantasy, but it was a top-secret program run by the CIA from 1953 to 1973. Headed by Sidney Gottlieb, the project experimented with LSD and other drugs and concocted an arsenal of deadly pills—some specifically earmarked for Castro and other world leaders. Kinzer, an award-winning foreign correspondent and author of best-selling histories and political biographies...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Stephen Kinzer
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Sep 21, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Margaret Atwood discusses The Testaments at a Politics and Prose event. In this brilliant sequel to  The Handmaid's Tale,  acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalized readers for decades with  The Testaments . When the van door slammed on Offred's future at the end of  The Handmaid's Tale , readers had no way of telling what lay ahead for her—freedom, prison, or death. With  The Testaments , the wait is over. Atwood's sequel picks up the story fifteen...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale, Rebecca Traister
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Sep 21, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Tracy Chevalier discusses A Single Thread at Politics and Prose. Set in Britain in 1932, the new novel by the author of  Girl with a Pearl Earring  follows Violet Speedwell as she struggles to make a life for herself after losing her brother and her fiancé in the First World War. One of the generation of “surplus women” left with few prospects for marriage, Violet moves from her embittered mother’s house to Winchester, where she joins a society of broderers—women who embroider...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Tracy Chevalier
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Sep 20, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Kevin Barry discusses Night Boat to Tangiers at Politics and Prose. Long-listed for the 2019 Booker Prize, Irish fiction sensation Barry’s latest novel takes place in a ferry terminal on the coast of Spain, where Maurice Hearne and Charlie Redmond, a pair of aging drug smugglers, are waiting for a woman named Dilly who may or may not be Maurice’s estranged daughter. As their wait becomes a night-long vigil, the pair look back over the course of their lives, trading stories of romance,...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Kevin Barry
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Sep 19, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Bill Press discusses his book, "Trump Must Go." From banning federal employees from saying “climate change” to his outrageous and insulting tweets and his supporters’ questionable dealings with Russians, Trump supplies more evidence every day for his unfitness to hold office. Judiciously choosing just one hundred of these innumerable reasons, Press, host of  The Bill Press Show  and author of books including  From the Left , shows why Trump should be removed, whether by...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Bill Press, Donald Trump
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Sep 19, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Nicholas Lemann discusses Transaction Man: The Rise of the Deal and The Decline of the American Dream at Politics and Prose. In a series of vivid profiles, Lemann, a  New Yorker  staff writer and the author of books including  The Big Test  and  The Promised Land , traces today’s socio-political divisiveness and glaring income inequality to three pivotal figures. He starts with Adolf Berle, FDR’s chief economic theorist, who advocated a society anchored by corporations able to offer...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Nicholas Lemann
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Sep 19, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Jacqueline Woodson discusses Red at the Bone at Politics and Prose. The 2018-‘19 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Woodson is the award-winning author of dozens of books for children, young adults, and above, including the classic  Brown Girl Dreaming . Her new novel, written for adults, and infused with her signature insight and rich, poetic prose, opens in 2001 in Brooklyn. The occasion is Melody’s sixteenth birthday, but it proves bittersweet as the assembled family...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Jacqueline Woodson
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Sep 18, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Kate Black discusses Represent: The Woman's Guide to Running For Office and Changing the World at Politics and Prose. When actress, screenwriter, producer, and activist June Diane Raphael considered running for office, she was frustrated at the lack of information on how to do it. So she decided to produce a guide herself by reaching out to Black, former chief of staff and vice president of research at EMILY's List. Together the two have compiled an engaging and informative step-by-step primer...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Kate Black, Pramiya Jayapal
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Sep 18, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Christopher Ingraham discusses If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home  by Now at Politics and Prose. When Ingraham, data reporter for  The Washington Post,  wrote on a study ranking the livability of the nation’s 3,000+ counties, the article went viral—and changed his life. Coming in dead last, as Ingraham announced with a “drumroll,” was Red Lake County, Minnesota. But after Ingraham accepted the community’s invitation to see it for himself, he not only didn’t find it the “worst...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Christopher Ingraham
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Sep 18, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Attica Locke discusses "Heaven, My Home", at Politics and Prose. A fast-rising star in crime fiction, Locke won the Edgar, Anthony, and Dagger Awards for Best Novel with  Bluebird, Bluebird,  the first in a series featuring Darren Matthews, a Black Texas Ranger. Her follow up returns to east Texas where Matthews confronts lingering questions—both personal and professional—from his previous case and searches for a missing nine-year-old. The boy is the son of white supremacists,...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Attica Locke
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Sep 17, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Eric Foner discusses The Second Founding at Politics and Prose. One of the pre-eminent American historians of our time, Foner, whose 2011 study of Lincoln and slavery,  The Fiery Trial , won the Pulitzer, Bancroft, and Lincoln Prizes, is a major authority on the Civil War and Reconstruction. His new book focuses on the Reconstruction Amendments—the thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth—and his rich narrative delves into the political negotiations and citizen meetings that enshrined these...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Eric Foner, Eric Holder
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Sep 17, 2019 Politics and Prose
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In this deeply reported account, Moaveni—author of  Lipstick Jihad,  co-author of  Iran Awakening,  and a Pulitzer finalist who has covered the Middle East for nearly two decades—tells the stories of thirteen of the thousands of women to have joined ISIS. Believing the caliphate’s promises of empowerment, these women ranged from Western-educated professionals to traditional housewives. Once in Raqqa, they worked to organize clinics and schools but, though their efforts were crucial to...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Azadeh Moaveni
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Sep 17, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Petina Gappah discusses Out of Darkness, Shining Light at Politics and Prose. In her powerful new novel, Gappah, the award-winning Zimbabwean author of two short-story collections and  The Book of Memory,  develops a historical footnote into a sweeping view of nineteenth- century Africa. Set in 1873, the book starts with the death of Dr. David Livingstone, the Scottish missionary and explorer who hoped to find the source of the Nile and to end the East Africa-Arab slave trade. As a loyal...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Petina Gappah
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Sep 16, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Billy Bragg discusses The Three Dimensions of Freedom at Politics and Prose. Bragg’s extraordinary career as a singer-songwriter and activist has spanned over thirty-five years. In both his music—which includes cover versions of iconic  protest songs and socialist anthems—and his politically-inflected lyrics, he’s dedicated himself to effecting social change and to moving others to get involved in grassroots activist causes. His new book is a direct and bracing call to action in which...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Billy Bragg
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Sep 15, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Phyllis L. Fagell discusses Middle School Matters at Politics and Prose. In her illuminating new book, Fagell, school counselor for Sheridan School, argues that children’s middle school years aren’t just a lull between childhood and adolescence, but a crucial developmental phase in their own right. Drawing on the work of psychologists, doctors, educators and her experience as both a licensed clinical professional counselor and a certified professional school counselor, Fagell shows that...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Phyllis L. Fagell
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Sep 15, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Daniel Markovits discusses The Meritocracy Trap at Politics and Prose. In his deeply researched, passionately argued, and nonpartisan book, Markovits, Guido Calabresi Professor of Law at Yale Law School and founding director of the Center for the Study of Private Law, blames the country’s current crises on an unusual suspect: the abiding faith in meritocracy. Once tantamount to the American Dream, meritocracy now is more of an anachronistic fantasy. It has manifestly failed both the working...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Daniel Markovits
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Sep 15, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Amitai Etzioni discusses Reclaiming Patriotism at Politics and Prose. In his visionary new book, Etzioni, professor of international relations at George Washington University and the author of studies including  Avoiding War with China,  offers a communitarian solution to the divisiveness that is undermining democracies across the world. Countering nationalism with a patriotic nation-rebuilding movement founded on love of country rather than on distrust of other nations, Etzioni shows how we...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Amitai Etzioni
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Sep 14, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Jackson R. Bryer and others discuss Why I Like This Story at Politics and Prose. Focused and concise, a short story can leave a lasting impression. No one knows this better than writers. In this collection of essays celebrating the short-fiction form,edited by Jackson Bryer, University of Maryland professor emeritus of English, forty-eight of today’s leading literary figures introduce a favorite story, explain what drew them to it, and examine how their feelings toward it have deepened with...
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Sep 14, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Gary Marcus discusses Rebooting AI at Politics and Prose. A leading expert on artificial intelligence, Marcus is former CEO and founder of the machine learning startup Geometric Intelligence and now CEO and founder of Robust AI. Building on his influential  New York Times  op-ed, “A.I. Is Harder Than You Think,” co-written with Ernest Davis, Marcus shows that while building robots that can win chess games may seem impressive, such achievements—occurring in closed systems with fixed sets...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Gary Marcus
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Sep 14, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Mary M. Lane discusses Hitler's Last Hostages at Politics and Prose. Before leading the Third Reich, Hitler was an artist, and he gained control over Germany as much through cultural tyranny as by brute force, confiscating and destroying thousands of works by “degenerate” artists. Only a fraction of these pieces have been recovered, but in 2013 German officials discovered a cache of some 1,290 works by Chagall, Picasso, Matisse, Otto Dix, and others in the apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt,...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Mary M. Lane
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Sep 13, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Amitav Ghosh discusses Gun Island at Politics and Prose. Ghosh is best known for his Ibis trilogy — Sea of Poppies,   River of Smoke , and  Flood of Fire —which marshalled a panoramic cast of characters to recount the colonial history of the East. His new novel blends past and present with folklore, following Deen Datta, an Indian-American rare book dealer, as he embarks on an unexpected quest. Tracing the origins of a tale involving the goddess of snakes and a Bengali folk hero known as...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Amitav Ghosh
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Sep 13, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Caitlin Doughty discusses Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs at Politics and Prose. Author of the bestselling  Smoke Gets in Your Eyes  and  From Here to Eternity,  founder of The Order of the Good Death, and creator of the “Ask a Mortician” web series, Doughty gets dozens of questions every day about death. These range from the whimsical to the scatological, and many of the best come from kids. In her new book, she draws on science, cultural histories of mortality, and her practical...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Caitlin Doughty
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Sep 12, 2019 Politics and Prose
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As president of Microsoft, Smith is acutely aware of both the promise and the threat of technology. As he emphasizes in this behind-the-scenes look at one of the world’s most influential companies, he believes it’s incumbent on Big Data not only to advance technology’s benefits as widely as possible but also to take responsibility for the problems it causes. Discussing issues such as privacy, cybercrime and cyberwar, social media, the moral dilemmas of artificial intelligence, big tech's...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Brad Smith
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Sep 12, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Garrett M. Graff discusses The Only Plane In The Sky at Politics and Prose. The first comprehensive oral history of September 11, 2001, Graff’s panoramic account weaves together the testimony of hundreds of people who were directly involved in the day’s events. Using never-before-published transcripts, declassified documents, original interviews, and stories from first-responders, survivors, witnesses, government officials, and many others, Graff, a magazine journalist and author of  Raven...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Garrett M. Graff
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Sep 11, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Stanley B. Greenberg discusses R.I.P. G.O.P. at Politics and Prose. One of our top polling experts, Greenberg follows his  America Ascendant,  in which he illuminated the Republican Party’s decades-long fight against a secular and diverse “New America,” with an update of that cultural war based on trends from the 2016 and 2018 elections. Drawing on results from his focus groups and polls, Greenberg argues that the GOP is vulnerable on several fronts, mainly from the growing ranks of...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Stanley Greenberg
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Sep 11, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Writing in the tradition of Marshall McLuhan and Neil Postman, Poniewozik, chief television critic for  The New York Times , dissects Trump as a cultural phenomenon by narrating his rise through his relationship with the media. For both entities, the last few decades have been a time of extraordinary transformation: the three mainstream TV networks have been joined by cable, the internet, and social media, while Trump has reinvented himself from cartoonish millionaire to reality-show star to...
Topics: Politics and Prose, James Poniewozik
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Sep 11, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Brian Murphy discusses his book, "Adrift", at Politics and Prose. Early in 1856, a small ship carrying some hundred people from Liverpool to New York was torn apart by an iceberg four hundred miles off Newfoundland. Four of the five lifeboats disappeared into the cold and fog without a trace. The remaining vessel, with thirteen people aboard, spent nine days adrift, but ultimately just a single passenger, Thomas W. Nye, a crewman from Bedford, Massachusetts, was saved. In this deft...
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Nell Zink discusses Doxology at Politics and Prose. Hailed by  The   New York Times  as one of a “New Vanguard” of fifteen women writers who are shaping fiction today, Zink burst onto the literary scene with the utterly unique  The Wallcreeper,  followed by  Mislaid  and  Nicotine . Her new novel, written with Zink’s signature sharpness, humor, and warmth, follows the nation’s cultural and political zeitgeist from the 1990s to today through the lives of three punk rockers. Pam,...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Nell Zink, Ian MacKaye
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Sep 10, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Ben Westhoff discusses Fentanyl, Inc . at Politics and Prose. Called “the deadliest drug in America” by the CDC, fentanyl, along with close cousins like K2, Spice, and 25i-NBOMe, caused some 28,000 deaths in 2017. In the first comprehensive account of these dangerous synthetic drugs, Westhoff, an award-winning investigative reporter and the author of  Original Gangstas  and  Dirty South,  traces their path from legitimate purposes in scientific laboratories to their manipulation by...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Ben Westhoff
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Sep 10, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Alexandra Horowitz discusses Our Dogs at Politics and Prose. In her new book, Horowitz, who teaches and runs the Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard College, follows the lessons of her classic  Inside of a Dog  with an engaging and illuminating exploration of the human-canine relationship. Dating back centuries, this bond has been integral to the development of both people and dogs. Yet while the two species are closer today than ever, our treatment of our best friend is full of surprising quirks:...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Alexandra Horowitz
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Sep 9, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Thomas F. Sheridan discusses Helping The Good Do Better at Politics and Prose. A social worker by training, after thirty years of advocating for public interest causes Sheridan is known as our leading “white hat” lobbyist. His book draws from his extensive experience with defining social issues such as AIDS, global poverty, cancer, human trafficking, national service, early childhood education, and social entrepreneurship to present chapter-length case studies, each showing in detail how...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Thomas F. Sheridan
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Sep 9, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Candace Bushnell discusses Is There Still Sex In The City? at Politics and Prose. Bushnell’s 1996  Sex and the City  launched the hit HBO series and revolutionized attitudes to sex and dating. In her new book she continues her sharp and funny exploration of relationships by following the adventures of a group of women as they move into their fifties. Set between Manhattan’s Upper East Side and a weekend enclave she terms “The Village,” the narrative homes in on trends and types....
Topics: Politics and Prose, Candace Bushnell, Sex and the City
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Sep 8, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Naomi Klein discusses On Fire . #1 international and  New York Times  bestselling author Naomi Klein, author of  The Shock Doctrine  and  This Changes Everything , makes the case for a Green New Deal, explaining how bold climate action can be a blueprint for a just and thriving society. For more than twenty years, Naomi Klein has been the foremost chronicler of the economic war waged on both people and planet—and an unapologetic champion of a sweeping environmental agenda with justice at...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Naomi Klein, Jane Fonda
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Sep 8, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Caitlin Zaloom discusses Indebted at Politics and Prose Based on a series of frank and personal discussions with students and parents across the nation, Zaloom‘s book documents how the struggle to finance college education is transforming middle-class life. An associate professor of social and cultural analysis at New York University, a founding editor of  Public Books,  and author of  Out of the Pits , Zaloom reveals the hidden consequences of student debt, describes the wrenching moral...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Caitlin Zaloom
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Sep 8, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Binyamin Appelbaum discusses The Economist's Hour at Politics and Prose. A George Polk-award winning economic journalist now writing for  The New York Times  editorial page, Appelbaum is known for his ability to elucidate the complexities of federal policy. In his book he follows the rise of the professional economist from the post-World War II boom to today, showing how economists’ oversight of federal regulation and advice to cut taxes and restrain spending has curbed government,...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Binyamin Appelbaum
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Sep 8, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Dana Thomas discusses Fashionopolis at Politics and Prose. The author of  Gods and Kings  and  Deluxe , Thomas has covered fashion and culture for a wide range of publications since beginning her career with the  Washington Post ’s Style section in 1988. Her new book is a detailed overview of the global fashion industry, a sector that employs one-sixth of the world’s population, produces 80 billion garments a year, and has steadily increased fashion’s historical exploitation of labor,...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Dana Thomas
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Sep 7, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Caitlin Moscatello discusses See Jane Win at Politics and Prose. From an award-winning journalist covering gender and politics comes an inside look at the female candidates fighting back and winning elections in the crucial 2018 midterms.   After November 8, 2016, first came the sadness; then came the rage, the activism, and the protests; and, finally, for thousands of women, the next step was to run for office—many of them for the first time. More women campaigned for local or national...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Caitlin Moscatello
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Sep 7, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Sidney Blumenthal discusses All The Powers of the Earth vol. III at Politics and Prose. Blumenthal, a former  Washington Post  reporter and esteemed political advisor, opened his magisterial  Political Life of Abraham Lincoln  series with  A Self-Made Man,  a detailed portrait of the future president as a young lawyer. The second volume,  Wrestling with His Angel,  focused on Lincoln’s political coming-of-age between 1849 and 1856. The third volume begins with Lincoln’s election to...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Sidney Blumenthal
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Sep 6, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Politics and Prose and GW are honored to host General Jim Mattis, the former Secretary of Defense and one of the most formidable strategic thinkers of our time, for  Call Sign Chaos , a story about learning how to lead in a chaotic world. From wide-ranging leadership roles in three wars to ultimately commanding a quarter of a million troops across the Middle East, Mattis recounts his foundational experiences as a leader, extracting the lessons he has learned about the nature of warfighting...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Jim Mattis
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Sep 5, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Peter Catapano & Rosemarie Garland-Thomson discuss About Us at Politics and Prose. Honoring the disability movement’s “nothing about us without us” pledge, this collection presents some sixty essays by people living with disabilities ranging from blindness to chronic illness to depression. In pieces such as “Becoming Disabled” and “I Use a Wheelchair. And, Yes, I’m Your Doctor,” these vivid first-hand accounts—drawn from  The New York Times ’s “Disability” series by...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Peter Catapano, Rosemarie Garland-Thomson
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Sep 4, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Rob Hart discusses The Warehouse at Politics and Prose. Former publisher at MysteriousPress.com and author of the Ash McKenna crime series, Hart combines the pacing and hairpin turns of a thriller with the high-tech details of science-fiction for this taut novel set in a future world all too plausibly like our own. Billing itself as the answer to every economic, environmental, and social ill, Cloud houses and employs millions. Glad for the security, people put up with surveillance, mandatory...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Rob Hart
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Sep 4, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Sarah Hurwitz discusses Here All Along at Politics and Prose. A former speechwriter for John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, and both Barack and Michelle Obama, Hurwitz once had little need for religion beyond occasional visits to the synagogue. Then on impulse at age thirty-six, she attended a beginner’s class in Judaism—and it changed her life. In this eloquent spiritual memoir, Hurwitz recounts her initial surprise and joy at discovering Judaism’s beautiful rituals and ethical wisdom. Going...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Sarah Hurwitz
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Sep 4, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Randall Munroe discusses How To. Randall Munroe, the brilliant mind behind the wildly popular webcomic xkcd and the #1  New York Times  bestsellers  What If?  and  Thing Explainer , brings readers a way to better understand the science and technology behind the things we do every day with  How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems.  For any task you might want to do, there's a right way, a wrong way, and a way so monumentally complex, excessive, and inadvisable that...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Randall Munroe
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Sep 3, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Bina Venkataraman discusses The Optimist's Telescope at Politics and Prose. For many people, success is measured by short-term gains; if this distracts us from planning for the future, that seems only human nature. But as Venkataraman argues in her groundbreaking book, such thinking is both shortsighted and wrong. Directing us to imagine the future rather than try to predict it, Venkataraman, a fellow at New America and director of Global Policy Initiatives at the Broad Institute of MIT and...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Bina Venkataraman
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Sep 3, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Robert Kuttner discusses The Stakes at Politics and Prose. Cofounder and coeditor of  The American Prospect,  Kuttner follows his bracing call for the revival of New Deal-era populism,  Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism? , with this passionate appeal to Americans to elect a progressive to the presidency in 2020. Addressing economics as well as politics, Kuttner traces the concurrent rise of corporate plutocracy and government autocracy to the actions of both Democrats and Republicans....
Topics: Politics and Prose, Robert Kuttner
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Aug 30, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Christopher Leonard discusses Kochland at Politics and Prose. Awarded the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award, Leonard’s monumental work of investigative reporting charts the five-decade rise of Koch Industries. One of the largest privately held multinationals in the country, and one of the most secretive, Koch owns companies in businesses ranging from energy to chemicals to banking; its CEO, Charles Koch, and his brother, David, are together wealthier than Bill Gates. As Leonard shows,...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Christopher Leonard, Koch brothers
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Aug 29, 2019 Politics and Prose
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George Beebe discusses The Russia Trap at Politics and Prose. Former director of Russia analysis at the CIA and a White House adviser on Russia for Vice President Cheney, Beebe, now Director for Intelligence and National Security at the Center for the National Interest, draws on nearly 25 years of experience to warn that the U.S. and Russia are on a collision course. Describing a situation more dangerous than the Cold War, Beebe shows how factors including new strategic weapons, shifts in world...
Topics: Politics and Prose, George Beebe
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Aug 29, 2019 Politics and Prose
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J. Hoberman discusses Make My Day at Politics and Prose. Hoberman’s new book follows  The Dream Life  and  An Army of Phantoms  to conclude his Found Illusions Trilogy with a retrospective of the Reagan years as seen through the films of the era. Tracking the synergy between American politics and pop culture, Hoberman looks at Reagan in the context of cinematic peers such as Indiana Jones and John Rambo, illuminates how films like  Earthquake  commented on the fading Watergate scandal,...
Topics: Politics and Prose, J. Hoberman
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Aug 29, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Kelli Harding discusses The Rabbit Effect at Politics and Prose. In 1978, lab research into the effect of blood cholesterol on the heart revealed an unexpected link between a healthy heart and kindness: test animals under the care of an affectionate post-doc suffered fewer heart attacks than others did. Intrigued, Harding, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center, began to explore the invisible factors behind our health. Her book documents groundbreaking...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Kelli Harding
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Aug 28, 2019 Politics and Prose
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David Lagercrantz discusses The Girl Who Lived Twice at Politics and Prose. In 2015 Lagencrantz, a Swedish author and journalist, published  The Girl in the Spider's Web , the first installment of his continuation of Stieg Larsson’s international bestselling “Millennium Trilogy.” It proved as popular as the original— Esquire  named it one of the best thrillers of the year—and was followed by  The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye.  In the series’ sixth installment, Lisbeth...
Topics: Politics and Prose, David Lagercrantz, Lisbeth Salander
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Aug 28, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Carrie Goldberg discusses Nobody's Victim at Politics and Prose. A Brooklyn-based victims' rights lawyer, Goldberg specializes in litigating for targets of online harassment, stalking, blackmail, and sexual assault. Her book looks back over her twenty years of trauma work—which has included suing tech companies, schools, and powerful sexual predators—to give a detailed analysis of victim protection in the Internet era. As her wide range of cases demonstrates, nearly everyone is vulnerable...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Carrie Goldberg
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Aug 27, 2019 Politics and Prose
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Politics and Prose is honored to welcome #1  New York Times  bestselling author Louise Penny for new novel,  A Better Man . It's Gamache's first day back as head of the homicide department, a job he temporarily shares with his previous second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir. Flood waters are rising across the province. In the middle of the turmoil a father approaches Gamache, pleading for help in finding his daughter. As crisis piles upon crisis, Gamache tries to hold off the encroaching...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Louise Penney