August 20, 2013

Jesse Walker spoke about his book, The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory, at Politics & Prose on Tuesday, August 20, 2013.

What’s more American than a conspiracy theory? Walker, Reason book editor and the author of Rebels on the Air, examines the role of paranoia in American history. Finding it a kind of folklore, Walker identifies five recurrent motifs and explores what these plotlines say about the country’s basic beliefs and fears.

The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory By Jesse Walker Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062135568
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 14th, 2014

COLLISION 2012 by Dan Balz

August 7, 2013

Dan Balz spoke about his book, Collision 2012, at Politics & Prose on Wednesday, August 07, 2013.

Obama’s re-election was strikingly different from his 2008 victory. In this detailed review of the 2012 presidential race, Balz, Washington Post correspondent and Washington Week panelist, looks at both the Obama and Romney campaigns from primaries to battleground states and analyzes what the election means for the future of America’s democratic process.

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THIS TOWN by Mark Leibovich

July 23, 2013

Mark Leibovich spoke about his book, This Town, at Politics & Prose on Tuesday, July 23, 2013.

Washington—This Town—might be loathed from every corner of the nation, yet these are fun and busy days at this nexus of big politics, big money, big media, and big vanity. There are no Democrats and Republicans anymore in the nation’s capital, just millionaires. That is the grubby secret of the place in the twenty-first century. You will always have lunch in This Town again. No matter how many elections you lose, apologies you make, or scandals you endure.

In This Town, Mark Leibovich, chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, presents a blistering, stunning—and often hysterically funny—examination of our ruling class’s incestuous “media industrial complex.” Through his eyes, we discover how the funeral for a beloved newsman becomes the social event of the year. How political reporters are fetishized for their ability to get their names into the predawn e-mail sent out by the city’s most powerful and puzzled-over journalist. How a disgraced Hill aide can overcome ignominy and maybe emerge with a more potent “brand” than many elected members of Congress. And how an administration bent on “changing Washington” can be sucked into the ways of This Town with the same ease with which Tea Party insurgents can, once elected, settle into it like a warm bath.

This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral--Plus Plenty of Valet Parking!--in America's Gilded Capital By Mark Leibovich Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399170683
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Published: Penguin Books - April 29th, 2014