O: A PRESIDENTIAL NOVEL by Anonymous

It was during the 2008 presidential race that author Christopher Buckley’s delightful novel, Supreme Courtship, was released. Presciently, in the book, he had pitted two characters against each other: a senator who had run for president, served as chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee, and who “just couldn’t shut up,” against a “glasses-wearing, gun-toting television hottie.” Months after the novel was conceived, Governor Sarah Palin turned out to be a nominee for Vice President running against then Senator Joe Biden. It truly was a case of life imitating fiction, Buckely later recalled in an interview. “I am announcing my retirement from satire,” he joked.

January 25, 2011 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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GAME CHANGE by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin

If Hollywood Central Casting were asked to put together a group of actors with the most monstrous egos on the face of the planet, they could not have done a better job than the two national parties did in the last election.

January 25, 2011 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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CHALCOT CRESCENT by Fay Weldon

Two things about British novelist Fay Weldon: she will always be controversial and she will always be relevant.

October 15, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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THE DEAD REPUBLIC by Roddy Doyle

THE DEAD REPUBLIC from Irish author Roddy Doyle is the third volume in “The Last Roundup” trilogy. In the first volume, A STAR CALLED HENRY, Henry Smart is a youthful soldier for the IRA. He participates in the Easter Uprising of 1916 and fights in the Irish War for Independence. In the second volume, OH, PLAY THAT THING, the action shifts to America with Henry, his wife and two children trying to eke a living in the depression era. Henry loses a leg and becomes separated from his family. THE DEAD REPUBLIC picks up Henry’s saga for the third and final installment.

July 25, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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GAME CHANGE by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin

I am rating this journalistic account of the 2008 US political election 4.5 stars out of 5. While I do not consider GAME CHANGE to be serious reporting at its best, I was unable to put the book down. That must count for something….perhaps my desire to read the prurient and live it vicariously.

I am a world class political junkie! I am also a secret National Enquirer reader – something I do while waiting in super market lines. So, reading GAME CHANGE: OBAMA AND THE CLINTONS, MCCAIN AND PALIN, A THE RACE OF A LIFETIME was like eating a scrumptious hot fudge nut sundae for me…in a literary fashion. Lots of yummy stuff, but frequently lacking in nutrition.

March 22, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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THE FORTY YEARS WAR by Len Colodny and Tom Schactman

Ask who the godfather of neoconservatism is and the typical answer is Leo Strauss, a German-born Jew who came to the U.S. in the 1930′s and taught political science first in New York and then at the University of Chicago. Among his notable students were Allan Bloom (The Closing of the American Mind) and Paul Wolfowitz, deputy secretary of state during the Iraq War.

Len Colodny and Tom Shachtman, the authors of THE FORTHY YEARS WAR: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE NEOCONS FROM NIXON TO OBAMA, acknowledge that “plenty of philosophers and strategists on the right, including Leo Strauss and Albert Wohlstetter, said and wrote similar things” concerning political theory.

March 22, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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