This unique and lively political history by the Washington historian and journalist James Srodes focuses on half a dozen young professionals born in the late 19th century who lived near one another On Dupont Circle (Counterpoint, $26). The group included Felix Frankfurter, Walter Lippmann, and the three Dulles siblings, John Foster, Allen, and Eleanor, all of whom would become prominent in their respective fields—as would Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, who also moved into the neighborhood in the pre-World War I era. Early progressives, their idealism fueled their efforts to create a better world. And if Roosevelt was disappointed by the compromises of the Treaty of Versailles, Srodes shows that these remarkable individuals’ unflagging belief in humanity is a legacy still very much alive today.

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Published: Counterpoint LLC - August 7th, 2012

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Fifteen years ago, Christopher Tilghman introduced the fictional Mason family of the Eastern Shore’s Mason’s Retreat. In his second novel, he returns to The Right-Hand Shore (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $27) to recount the clan’s 18th-century past. This sequel digs into the Masons’ domestic intrigues—offering many rich subplots—-as well as exploring the characters’ role in the larger history of the region and the nation. In his thematic concerns and the rhythmic cadences of his prose, Tilghman makes no secret of his debt to William Faulkner. His novel unfolds as a taut Southern Gothic, in which bloodlines define every child at birth, and mixed blood is the unredeemable scourge of the land as much as its slave-holding history is its indelible blight. Tilghman, who teaches creative writing at the University of Virginia, weaves a mystery and a love story together across racial lines, and the result is spellbinding.

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I was startled to learn when I read Christopher Hitchens’s new memoir, Mortality (Twelve, $22.99), that just four days before I introduced him in what would be his final appearance at Politics & Prose, when he presented his autobiography Hitch-22, he had been diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus. He knew what this diagnosis meant, and it spurred him into a period of intense introspection. Documenting those final eighteen months of his life, Mortality maintains Hitchens’s lifelong embrace of atheism, even as his reading and thinking probe ever more profoundly into matters of life and death. The poets, the humanists, the existentialists, and the naturalists lead him closer to an understanding of death that permits a kind of immortality without the existence of a god. Robert Frost’s “clarification of life” impels Hitchens to craft his own personal scaffolding of beliefs. It turns out that Hitch, as he was known to his friends, had a plucky tolerance of adversity and he left us with this generous gift, a treatise on dying.

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