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  • Michelle Obama says her memoir is a ‘re-humanization’ effort

    06/23/2018 5:33:12 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 45 replies
    AP ^ | June 23, 2018 | By CHEVEL JOHNSON
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former first lady Michelle Obama said Friday her upcoming memoir “Becoming” is a “re-humanization effort” that shares the “ordinariness of a very extraordinary story” that she hopes will give voice to people who feel voiceless. Obama made the remarks as she helped kick off the American Library Association’s annual conference in New Orleans. Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden moderated the conversation before an estimated crowd of 8,000 inside the city’s convention center. Obama shared snippets from the book, including the experiences that have shaped her, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to...
  • The End of Trump Won't Be the End of Trumpism

    05/16/2018 7:18:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | May 15, 2018 | Emma Green
    A new book—tweeted out by the president himself—argues that America is in the midst of a populist realignment. For two years, the American media has been stuck in the movie Groundhog Day, replaying the 2016 election over and over in the hopes of extracting some new insight about an outcome it didn’t see coming. While some of this work comes from an earnest place—national reporters sense they got the story wrong, and now they’ve been to the heartland to see what they missed—in aggregate, they’re easily caricatured: the Trump voter as blue-collar Baby Boomer, out of a manufacturing job, a...
  • Why Trump Is a President Like No Other (Book Review)

    05/15/2018 6:52:56 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 14 replies
    American Greatness ^ | May 15, 2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Conrad Black’s erudite biography of Donald J. Trump is different from the usual in mediis rebus accounts of first-year presidents. He avoids the Bob Woodward fly-on-the-wall unattributed anecdote, and “they say” gossip mongering. Nor is the book a rush-to-publish product from former insiders of the Trump campaign or administration. Instead, Black, a prolific and insightful historian, adopts the annalistic method in carefully tracing Trump’s earliest years in business through his various commercial misadventures, financial recoveries, and sometimes wild antics. Black’s aim is to illustrate how much of what Trump has done since announcing his presidential candidacy in summer 2015 is hardly mysterious. Instead, Trump’s methods are fully explicable by what he has always done in the past—in the sometimes troubling, but more often reassuring, sense. Black is neither a hagiographer nor an ankle-biter. He seeks to understand Trump within the three prominent landscapes in which Americans had come to know their new president: politics, the celebrity world, and the cannibalistic arena of high-stakes Manhattan real estate and finance. Of the three, Black is most jaded about the anti-Trump hysteria within the first two, not because the real estate business is inherently a nobler profession, but because it more often lacks the moral preening and hypocrisies of both the beltway and tabloids. The result is an argument that the first president to have neither prior political nor military service nevertheless has his own demonstrable skill sets that are making his presidency far more dynamic than either his critics or supporters quite imagined. Black’s unspoken assumption is that it is more difficult to build a skyscraper in Manhattan than to be a career politician or an evening news reader.</p>
  • The Last Slave Ship Survivor Gave an Interview in the 1930s. It Just Surfaced

    05/11/2018 9:18:13 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 169 replies
    History.com ^ | 3 May 2018 | BECKY LITTLE
    Roughly 60 years after the abolition of slavery, anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston made an incredible connection: She located the last surviving captive of the last slave ship to bring Africans to the United States. ... In fact, they are only now being released to the public in a book called Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” that comes out on May 8, 2018... he was only 19 years old when members of the neighboring Dahomian tribe captured him and took him to the coast. There, he and about 120 others were sold into slavery and crammed onto the...
  • How the baby boomers — not millennials — screwed America

    04/26/2018 2:43:10 AM PDT · by Cronos · 125 replies
    Vox ^ | 12 Mar 2018 | Sean Illing
    Everyone likes to bash millennials. We’re spoiled, entitled, and hopelessly glued to our smartphones. We demand participation trophies, can’t find jobs, and live with our parents until we’re 30. But is the millennial hate justified? Have we dropped the generational baton, or was it a previous generation, the so-called baby boomers, who actually ruined everything? That’s the argument Bruce Gibney makes in his book A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America. The boomers, according to Gibney, have committed “generational plunder,” pillaging the nation’s economy, repeatedly cutting their own taxes, financing two wars with deficits, ignoring climate change,...
  • Further Excerpts from James Comey’s book, If the Existing ones are Anything to Go On

    04/16/2018 9:14:25 AM PDT · by Cecily · 20 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 13, 2018 | Alexandra Petri
    In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God, and then, on Dec. 14, 1960, I, James Comey, was born. The initials, as Reinhold Niebuhr would tell us, are no coincidence. I have been called a human humblebrag. I certainly couldn’t speak to the truth of that statement, except to say that where I come from, we don’t like bullies and their mean words. Bullies are mean and small, not like myself (I stand 6-foot-8, with a head of lush dark hair and eyes that pierce into the souls of everyone I...
  • Why I Won't Read James Comey's Book

    04/13/2018 8:35:07 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 21 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 13 Apr 2018 | Roger Simon
    It's not just because I have yet to read Dostoevsky's The Possessed or George Eliot's Middlemarch or an embarrassing amount of Faulkner that I will not pony up $17.95 for a hard copy or even $14.95 for the Kindle version of James Comey's new book A Higher Loyalty, subtitled, in case you miss his drift, Truth, Lies and Leadership. It's also not just because I find him one of the more pompous individuals, real or imagined, this side of an Oscar Wilde play. And it's further not just because from the few excerpts I've seen the writing seems predictably puerile....
  • Here’s What FBI Director James Comey Admits In His New Book—And Why

    04/13/2018 6:45:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 13, 2018 | Matt Vespa
    Former FBI Director James Comey’s new book will be released next week. It’s already causing a buzz in the D.C. swamp. Both sides have vilified Comey. The Right thinks Comey should have prosecuted Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information, which was sent through her private, unsecure, and unauthorized email server. Clinton used this for all official business as out secretary of state. The Left thinks the email probe is what caused Hillary to lose, especially when the embattled director informed Congress that emails from then-Secretary Clinton were found on the laptop of Anthony Weiner, husband to Hillary top aide Huma...
  • Comey: Getting wedgies as a kid in N.J. prepared me for Trump

    04/13/2018 3:50:50 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 124 replies
    Comey: Getting wedgies as a kid in N.J. prepared me for Trump Updated Apr 12, 9:13 PM; Posted Apr 12, 8:56 PM By Noah Cohen ncohen@njadvancemedia.com, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com Decades before former FBI Director James Comey says he faced the mob boss-like tactics of President Trump, the fired lawman got an early lesson in bullies growing up in Allendale, he writes. In Comey's book, "A Higher Loyalty," the 1978 Northern Highlands Regional High School graduate describes suffering through body-shaming, wedgies and getting shoved into lockers, according to the Washington Post, which obtained an advance copy of the already...
  • Discrimination and Disparities

    04/04/2018 6:45:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 4, 2018 | Walter E. Williams
    I don't mind saying that this column represents a grossly understated review of "Discrimination and Disparities," just published by my longtime friend and colleague Dr. Thomas Sowell. In less than 200 pages, Sowell lays waste to myth after myth not only in the United States but around the globe. One of those myths is that but for the fact of discrimination, we'd all be proportionately represented in socio-economic characteristics, such as career, income, education and incarceration. The fact of business is that there is no evidence anywhere on earth, at any time in human history, that demonstrates that but for...
  • Melania Trump Is a ‘Powerful Force’ in White House, Explosive New Tell-All Claims

    04/03/2018 4:27:00 PM PDT · by ethom · 26 replies
    NBC 4 ^ | Published: April 3, 2018, 5:24 pm | staff
    rst lady Melania Trump is like a shadow president and exercising more power than most people would imagine, according to the author of a new White House tell-all. In the new book, The Trump White House: Changing the Rules of the Game by former Washington Post reporter Ronald Kessler, he says Trump’s third wife is “a very powerful force behind the scenes.” “She is very smart,” Kessler told Inside Edition. “She actually sits in on meetings, she summarizes what others have said and then she comes up with her own strategy. She will disagree with Trump.” He says she also...
  • Trump often quoted as 'senior White House official' in news reports, book claims

    04/02/2018 12:11:50 PM PDT · by deplorableindc · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 2, 2018
    President Trump often is quoted anonymously in news reports as a senior White House official, according to a new book from author Ronald Kessler. Kessler, a former Washington Post reporter who has written books on the Secret Service, made that claim in his book, The Trump White House: Changing the Rules of the Game, which was released Monday. “Trump phones Maggie Haberman of the New York Times directly, as well as Philip Rucker of the Washington Post, and Jonathan Swan of Axios, feeding them stories attributed to ‘a senior White House official,’ creating the impression that White House leaks even...
  • Book Report : Secret Empires By: Peter Schwietzer

    03/26/2018 3:28:21 AM PDT · by JohnThree3to16 · 24 replies
    Amazon.com ^ | Peter Schwietzer
    Heard Buck Sexton interview with Peter Schwietzer talking about this book. Had no idea the Hunter Biden $1B deals??? Makes one wonder if all the Russia Trump accusations are intended to steer attention away from this book? I have not read the book yet but after hearing this interview it is on my list. If you have read it please post your review here.
  • Peter Schweizer Explains How China Purchased U.S. Congress as a Trade Strategy…

    03/21/2018 9:45:51 PM PDT · by bitt · 38 replies
    CONSERVATIVE TREEHOUSE ^ | 3/21/2018 | SUNDANCE
    A timely book by Peter Schweizer, “Secret Empires”, explains how Chinese companies purchased U.S. politicians to gain trade advantages. When you understand this process, you better understand why those same politicians today are against the Trump trade policy that is antithetical to their purchased interests. Reminder: U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue is warning President Trump not to take any trade action against China or he will unleash his purchased control agents within congress and financial media to destroy his presidency. Allow me to re-emphasize: All opposition to President Trump stems from the underlying financial and economic policy. All...
  • Has anyone read, 'Jesus of Nazareth Son of God/Son of man'?

    03/11/2018 4:55:56 AM PDT · by patriot08 · 19 replies
    Vanity | 2/11/18 | patriot08
    I want to recommend a book I found while browsing on Amazon. It is, 'Jesus of Nazareth Son of God/Son of man' Jesus of Nazareth: Son of God/Son of Man is a fresh, new approach to the theory of Jesus being both fully God and fully man. It is written in lay language, and recounts what the Bible says of Christ.
  • Dr. Warren Farrell Explains The Boy Crisis

    03/06/2018 4:34:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 6, 2018 | Rachel Alexander
    In recent years, society has focused more on issues affecting girls and women than on those related to boys and men. But now, in all 63 of the largest developed nations, boys are falling behind girls in all academic subjects – especially the biggest predictors of success, reading and writing, in their mental health (depression, suicides), physical health (lower sperm counts), IQ, ability to create friends, and so on.Dr. Warren Farrell, who has written extensively on men and family, just released a book with co-author John Gray, the bestselling author of Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus. The Boy...
  • Morning Joe Panel Pulls 180, Turns On Michael Wolff

    02/01/2018 10:20:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | February 1, 2018 | Bill D'Agostino
    On Thursday, the panel on MSNBCÂ’s Morning Joe dog piled author Michael Wolff for propagating an unfounded rumor that President Trump had been having an affair with his ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley. The confrontation became so heated that the showÂ’s co-anchor Mika Brzezinski eventually cut the interview short and asked Wolff to leave. Michael Wolff became a media fixation in January upon publishing his anti-Trump book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Following the controversial bookÂ’s release, he appeared on HBOÂ’s Real Time with Bill Maher, where he claimed that President Trump was having an affair....
  • New Book: McCabe Initiated White House Meeting That Led To Leak

    01/29/2018 7:54:16 AM PST · by Steven W. · 36 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 1/29/2018 | Mollie Hemingway
    The FBI’s top brass initiated conversations with a White House official that were quickly leaked to CNN, according to a new book. Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe asked to speak privately with White House chief of staff Reince Priebus following a February 2017 intelligence briefing. The scene is described in “Media Madness,” Howard Kurtz’s new book on the press and its relationship with the Trump administration. McCabe said he asked for the meeting to tell Priebus that “everything” in a New York Times story ... was “bullsh-t.” ... McCabe claimed to want Priebus to know the FBI’s perspective that this...
  • Chasing Hillary memoir will detail 10 years of reporting on Hillary Clinton

    01/23/2018 12:23:51 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | January 22, 2018 | by DAVID CANFIELD
    This April, Harper will publish Chasing Hillary, a new political memoir from New York Times writer-at-large Amy Chozick, EW can confirm exclusively. The book will provide a remarkably intimate and deeply personal portrait of Hillary Clinton as she withstood two dramatic losses for the presidency. Chozick’s book is the result of a decade’s worth of reporting on the former U.S. Secretary of State. Chozick’s front-row seat to Clinton’s presidential campaign implosion in 2008 led to her getting assigned the “Hillary Beat” through to 2016, when she’d once again face a painful defeat, this time in the general election to Donald...
  • ‘Defiance Disorder’: Another new book describes chaos in Trump’s White House

    01/21/2018 10:29:19 PM PST · by Hadean · 24 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Jan. 21, 2018 | Ashley Parker
    In late July, the White House had just finished an official policy review on transgender individuals serving in the military and President Trump and his then-chief of staff, Reince Priebus, had agreed to meet in the Oval Office to discuss the four options awaiting the president in a decision memo. But then Trump unexpectedly preempted the conversation and sent his entire administration scrambling, by tweeting out his own decision — that the government would not allow transgender individuals to serve — just moments later. “ ‘Oh my God, he just tweeted this,’ ” Priebus said, according to a new book by Howard...