Four years ago, in the autumn of 2012, Mark Thompson was about to move from England to the United States to take up his new job as president and CEO of The New York Times. He had spent much of his career at the BBC, his final eight years there as director-general. But before moving to New York, he visited his alma mater, Oxford, where he delivered three lectures on rhetoric and the art of public persuasion. Those talks became the basis of his new book, Enough Said: What’s Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics? (St. Martin’s, $27.99). What remarkable timing for a book on the language of politics! But while Thompson does spend time assessing Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric, his work is a larger examination of how political language has evolved and how public discourse generally has degenerated, with damaging consequences for public trust and confidence. Freely mixing personal experiences with criticism and opinion, Thompson has produced a book that, as Publishers Weekly put it, “manages to be an exemplary investigation, a history, an autopsy, a practical manual, and a cautionary tale all at once.”
From his special vantage point as a New York Times correspondent at the State Department and White House during the Obama Administration, Mark Landler explores the relationship between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama through the lens of foreign policy. He concludes that philosophical and generational roots explain some areas of disagreement, but also pays attention how two historic figures formed a partnership to navigate the ship of foreign policy in very rough seas. As Clinton’s chief speechwriter for many years, I especially appreciate Landler’s judicious and thorough rendering of a complicated subject, not to mention his crisp and engaging writing style.
Love Wins is a beautiful look at the life and love of Jim Obergefell and John Arthur, the heartbreaking trials that befell them, and ultimately, the momentous Supreme Court Decision that safeguarded same sex marriage. Along the way, we get to meet several amazing people who were essential to the case and see the incredible work that was put in along the way. This book shows us that in the end, love is love and that's all that matters.