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Wed, May 16th, 2012
Power of the Word: “Leaders, read this!”
Posted by: Donna Seaman

Summer is the season for exploration and discovery, and readers of all ages, interests, and tastes would love to visit the American Writers Museum—if only such a place existed. Although we have national museums celebrating the luminaries of baseball, rock and roll, the visual arts, various ethnic traditions, and science and technology, to categorize but […]


Mon, October 24th, 2011
For Anita Hill, Serenity is the Best Revenge
Posted by: Vanessa Bush

It’s been 20 years since Anita Hill had the temerity to challenge the U.S. Supreme Court nomination of Clarence Thomas. It took a lot of nerve for her to come forth with allegations of sexual harassment against a man who was lined up to be the second African American male to serve on the Supreme […]


Tue, February 8th, 2011
Minority Report: Stumbling onto First Black Candidate for US President
Posted by: Vanessa Bush

Nearly a year ago, I was in a public library for a class on online research tools, searching a site for biographies. On a whim I typed in the name George Edwin Taylor. I happened to have the galley of the book, For Labor, Race, and Liberty: George Edwin Taylor, His Historic Run for the White House, […]


Wed, September 29th, 2010
IC-SPAN: Reading Obama’s Wars on the iPad
Posted by: Ilene Cooper

In reviewing Bob Woodward’s new book, Obama’s Wars, I made my first foray into the world of e-books. First times are never all that pleasurable, are they? Getting the book online was a no-brainer. Obama’s Wars was embargoed and it would be faster to get it Monday morning first thing than wait for the stores to […]


Mon, September 27th, 2010
Minority Report: Disintegrating into Third World America
Posted by: Vanessa Bush

The term third world is generally applied to underdeveloped nations, which unfortunately are mostly populated by people with brown skin. So even though Arianna Huffington’s book Third World America: How Our Politicians are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream is about the US economy in general, some readers might not be able […]


Tue, September 21st, 2010
New Books Offer a Midterm Look at Obama and Biden
Posted by: Keir Graff

The recession may be over (did you notice?), but the man in the White House is still taking it on the chin–and not just from FOX News, either. Some of the latest criticism comes from liberals. In The Mendacity of Hope: Barack Obama and the Betrayal of American Liberalism, Roger Hodge compares Obama’s lofty rhetoric with the […]


Tue, August 31st, 2010
Minority Report: Witnessing the Backlash
Posted by: Vanessa Bush

If I hadn’t read Will Bunch’s The Backlash: Right-Wing Radicals, High-Def Hucksters and Paranoid Politics in the Age of Obama, I might have been more mystified by several recent developments. Monday, NBC’s Brian Williams, in an exclusive interview with President Barack Obama, asked for a response to charges that the president is not a native-born […]


Fri, July 2nd, 2010
Reading the Screen: J. Edgar Hoover
Posted by: David Pitt

Comingsoon.net reports that Leonardo DiCaprio will be playing J. Edgar Hoover in an upcoming biographical movie directed by Clint Eastwood. DiCaprio won’t be the first actor to play the controversial FBI director on the big screen — in fact, by rough count, he’ll be the 1,897th. Give or take. But I think he’ll do an […]


Fri, April 9th, 2010
Reading the Screen: All the President’s Anniversaries
Posted by: David Pitt

April 9 marks the 34th anniversary of the release of All the President’s Men, the movie based on Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward’s 1974 book of the same name, and that seems like a good enough reason to hype the book a little. Woodward and Bernstein were, of course, the Washington Post reporters who broke […]


Mon, March 29th, 2010
Minority Report: Some Hispanics Avoid the Census Count
Posted by: Vanessa Bush

While in a public library this week, I saw a representative of the US Census Bureau manning a desk set up as a questionnaire assistance center to make sure everyone had received and returned the census form and to answer any questions. The neighborhood was one with a very racially and ethnically mixed population. I […]





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