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Could time-traveling LBJ save us?

Robert Caro released his book in the middle of a blog kaffufle (not that it would be possible to release in any different period) Ezra Klein wrote a New Yorker article describing a cutting edge political science paper arguing that … Continue reading

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LBJ and the Penultimate Crusade

There is a danger continuing an old work. Instead of innovation, there’s a chance for stagnation where the work becomes too self-referential, too concerned about the work’s nebulous tradition than creating something new. The last Indiana Jones film worried too … Continue reading

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The Man from Nebraska

When in 1896 William Jennings Bryan made his Cross of Gold speech, there had been no moment like it at a political convention in American history. It should have been the pinnacle of his career, capping a long time in … Continue reading

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The Media in the Desert

If there’s a great appetite for politicos to know how the sausage is made there is also a taste to know how the sausage is made to know how the sausage is made. The modern television era of electioneering had … Continue reading

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I Probably Should Relate Mad Men to This, But I’ve Never Watch the Show

I’m going to be reviewing a bunch of campaign books and such on the overcoming weeks to get a better perspective on presidential politics. Enjoy! Or not! In Back to the Future, the 1950s Doc Brown quickly comes to terms … Continue reading

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Red Plenty

With the recent publishing of The Lifespan of a Fact and Mike Daisey fiasco, American is facing the start of a national debate about the value of facts against fiction. What counts as a lie? What is non-fiction? How creative … Continue reading

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Eisenhower: The White House Years (2011) by Jim Newton

Dwight Eisenhower president during the most nostalgically beloved decade has found his own affectionate place among those who dream of a time where moderates worked together while leaving those awkward extremists off their social calendars. Just look at the list … Continue reading

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