Readers and political junkies of a certain age undoubtedly remember the lurid details of the sex scandal that ended presidential candidate Gary Hart’s political career almost thirty years ago. So what’s left to know? That was my reaction until I read All the Truth is Out (Knopf, $26.95), the fascinating new book by Matt Bai, the national political columnist for Yahoo News and formerly of The New York Times Magazine. Bai conducted lengthy interviews with all of the major characters involved in the scandal (including the leading journalists) and his book raises important questions about when and whether indiscretions by politicians constitute newsworthy character lapses that disqualify them from political office. Told in a breezy narrative, Bai’s story also corrects some widely held misconceptions about the events that led to Hart’s political collapse. This is a smart, compassionate, and eloquent book about our evolving political and journalistic culture.

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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 30th, 2014

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Published: Vintage - September 15th, 2015

A Chinaman’s Chance: One Family’s Journey and the Chinese American Dream (PublicAffairs, $25.99), Eric Liu’s story of his Taiwanese-American family, explores and explains the confluences of two extraordinary phenomena of the past half century: the trajectory (mostly up) of Chinese-Americans in America and the rise of China as a global power. But this isn’t a memoir in the typical sense. It’s more an examination of cultural identity and the roles of heritage, language, custom, and geography in defining one’s person and character, not to mention the identities of whole groups of people. A former presidential speechwriter, policy wonk, and founder of Citizen University, Liu is a gifted storyteller and a fresh and creative thinker. He brings to the telling of his personal tale a deep and abiding faith in democratic values and the role of citizenship.

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In this extraordinary biography, Jeff Hobbs recounts The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League (Scribner, $27), the story of a gifted molecular biology student and water polo player at Yale who, unbeknownst to his classmates, was also living a secret life as a drug dealer in his hometown of Newark, New Jersey. When Peace was killed at age thirty in a drug deal gone bad, Hobbs, a fiction writer who had roomed with Peace at Yale, was so bothered by the realization that he hadn’t, in fact, known Peace at all, that he set out to report and write about his classmate’s dual lives. It’s a sad but fascinating tale, and a reminder that even interventions (a good school and a rich backer) could not fully undo the structural obstacles of one talented and promising young man’s life growing up in the ghetto.

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Published: Scribner - September 23rd, 2014

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Published: Scribner - July 28th, 2015

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