Supreme Ambition by Ruth Marcus

Staff Pick

Ruth Marcus calls her account of Brett Kavanaugh’s ascension to the Supreme Court a book she’s been preparing to write her entire career, and indeed she brings to Supreme Ambition a wealth of knowledge and experience gathered reporting and commenting on government over the past 35 years for the Washington Post. The book is revealing, insightful, and evenhanded, and its fast pace and lucid prose make for a compelling read. Beyond just filling in details about Kavanaugh’s nomination, Marcus places it in the larger context of a calculated, three-decades-long conservative effort to cement control over the high court. That mission merged last year with Kavanaugh’s own lifelong ambition to secure a spot on the court.


Supreme Ambition: Brett Kavanaugh and the Conservative Takeover By Ruth Marcus Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982123864
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Published: Simon & Schuster - December 3rd, 2019

Shortest Way Home -- Pete Buttigieg

Staff Pick

If you wonder why people are buzzing about the presidential prospects of a 37-year-old mayor of a midsize Midwestern city, read Pete Buttigieg’s memoir, Shortest Way Home. Buttigieg may be the intellectually deepest and most thoughtful of the Democratic presidential crop, despite his age. A history and literature major at Harvard and Rhodes Scholar, his deep love of novels comes through as he eloquently traces his roots in South Bend, interest in government, enlistment in the Navy reserves and deployment to Afghanistan, ascent to the mayoralty and, on the eve of his re-election, decision to come out as a gay man. A refreshing voice and a talented Millennial worth watching as he contemplates a run for the White House.

Shortest Way Home: One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future By Pete Buttigieg Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631494369
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Published: Liveright - February 12th, 2019

The Truths We Hold -- Kamala Harris

Staff Pick

 With all the political books landing in the store this year, The Truths We Hold by Kamala Harris is a must read. The first-term Democratic senator from California is a woman, a woman of color, and the daughter of immigrants. Now she is running for president, having shown her political chops in two successful races for California attorney general and then for the U.S. Senate—victories achieved in the most diverse, most complex state in the country. In a crowded field of Democrats, Harris is one who clearly has that intangible “special something.” And that’s why she is already proving to be a formidable presence on the presidential circuit.

The Truths We Hold: An American Journey By Kamala Harris Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525560715
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Published: Penguin Press - January 8th, 2019