Non-fiction books for season’s gifts – or just for you

You're probably as sick of the daily news cycle as I am, despite the satisfaction of seeing the progress of the Mueller investigation.  Still, I highly recommend House of Trump, House of Putin,  by former Boston Magazine editor Craig Unger.  This well researched tome documents a Donald Trump who is a wholly owned asset of Vladimir …

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Tom Brady’s punishment – Oh, nooooo

I long ago gave up my belief in the Easter bunny. (The rabbits who regularly destroy my garden took care of that.) Santa Claus is a relic of a decades-past childhood. But now, harsh reality demands that I can no longer cling to the idea of Tom Brady, man god. Mr. Perfect.  The National Football …

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Books to escape from Benghazi, Boko Haram, Boehner, biz cycle etc, pt. 1

Every summer I offer up some of the books I've read in the past year and happily invite readers' recommendations to me.  I'm always on the prowl for a good read. This summer's book review will be in two parts.  First, the non-fiction. If you're looking for light summer reading, do not try to read …

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“This Town” captures a place and time

Tom Wolfe's 1987 masterpiece Bonfire of the Vanities  captured the greed, class, ambition, and politics of Reagan era New York City. So, too, does Mark Leibovich's This Town capture early  21st century Washington, D.C.  Bonfire, however, is fiction and This Town is for real.  Leibovich, who is the New York Times magazine national political reporter, …

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PC Police Trivialize Legitimate Issue

Political correctness run amuck:  President Obama felt compelled to apologize to California Attorney General Kamela Harris for calling her "by far the best looking attorney general in the country."  Frankly, the only person who might legitimately  feel slighted is Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, a "good looking" woman in her own right.  But those who …

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This time, the Phoenix does not rise

The announcement yesterday that the Boston Phoenix is ceasing publication marks the end of an era, an era of substantive, long-form journalism.  Jim Barron and I wrote for the paper back in the 1970's.  It was the place to be, along with The Village Voice,  the best of alternative journalism. Back in 1975, Jim Barron and …

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