November 4, 2015

Charlie Savage spoke about his book, Power Wars, at Politics & Prose on Wednesday, November 4, 2015.

In Takeover, Savage built on his extensive coverage of post-9/11 legal policy issues to chronicle the Bush administration’s efforts to expand presidential power. In his second book, the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times Washington correspondent focuses on the gap between Obama’s promises to curb the war on terror and the reality of the increase in drone warfare, detentions, and surveillance that have occurred on his watch. Along with his deep research into current policy-making, Savage provides an overview of the key decisions and events of the last several decades that have led to today’s national security state.

Power Wars: The Relentless Rise of Presidential Authority and Secrecy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316286596
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 27th, 2017

September 11, 2015

Joy-Ann Reid spoke about her book, Fracture, at Politics & Prose on Friday, September 11, 2015.

Drawing on her extensive experience as a correspondent for MSNBC and on her stint in 2008 as press aide for then-Senator Obama’s Florida campaign, Reid, also managing editor of, profiles the Democratic Party in the age of the Clintons and Obama. Charting the complicated relationship and shifting power dynamics among these three leaders, Reid shows how the interpersonal politics, along with individual strategies, ambitions, and responses to events such as Ferguson have influenced decisions and policies—which, in turn, have shaped and reshaped the Party.

Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062305268
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 27th, 2016

August 12, 2015

Ari Berman spoke about his book, Give Us the Ballot, at Politics & Prose on Wednesday, August 12, 2015.

What is a democracy without voters? The 1965 Voting Rights Act should have been a given; instead, it was a long struggle. One that is not over yet. Berman, a correspondent for The Nation, a frequent commentator on NPR and MSNBC, and the author of Herding Donkeys, shows that what looked like the grand achievement of the civil rights era has lost ground in the subsequent fifty years, embattled by gerrymandering, purging of voter rolls—notably in Florida in 2000—voter ID rules, and a Supreme Court decision declaring part of the law unconstitutional. Berman is in conversation with Hendrik Hertzberg, staff writer at The New Yorker and editorial director of The Nation Institute.

Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374158279
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 4th, 2015