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PopcornTreeCt
05-13-12, 02:11 PM
Firstly, I apologize if this should be in Book Talk... please don't move it there. I really want to know what some of you guys have read that really impressed. Regardless of party affiliations or differing political ideologies or whatever. Just some really fascinating reads and why you enjoyed them.

Nesbit
05-13-12, 02:22 PM
Team of Rivals
Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72

Shannon Nutt
05-13-12, 02:33 PM
I was no fan of G.W., but I thought Decision Points was pretty good...certainly better than Clinton's overblown My Life.

classicman2
05-13-12, 02:36 PM
I've read nearly every book written by Chris Matthews. The best, IMO, was Kennedy and Nixon: The Rivalry That Shaped Postwar America.

Matthews once was a pragmatic centrist. Now he's a liberal - at least he plays one of television. ;)

Superboy
05-13-12, 02:43 PM
Anything by PJ O'Rourke, because it's like reading a children's book for grown-up politicians.

Superboy
05-13-12, 02:43 PM
I was no fan of G.W., but I thought Decision Points was pretty good...certainly better than Clinton's overblown My Life.

They were obviously ghostwritten.

Nick Danger
05-13-12, 03:48 PM
Master of the Senate and all the Lyndon Johnson books by Robert Caro. A deep depth biography of a fascinating man.

Plunkitt of Tammany Hall by Robert Riordan. The way politics worked in 1900, and a lot of it is still applicable today. For example, he explains how to rig government contracts without actually breaking the law. Or how the only thing political operatives really care about is how many votes you can deliver.

I really liked The Making of the President by TH White when I read it, but that was in high school. It's the romantic vision of the Nixon - Kennedy election. White covered every election from Truman to Reagan, so he knew his stuff.

Screwadu
05-13-12, 06:33 PM
The Impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton by R. Emmett Tyrell.

creekdipper
05-13-12, 06:33 PM
Steal This Book by Abbie Hoffman.
Godless: The Church of Liberalism by Ann Coulter.

Shannon Nutt
05-13-12, 06:36 PM
They were obviously ghostwritten.

I think the problem with Clinton's book is that it's not.

http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/clinton_needed_a_ghost_writer/

Decadance
05-13-12, 07:09 PM
Why Parties?:The Origin and Transformation of Political Parties in America by John Aldrich

Not the best poli sci book I have read, but the one I think the average person could pick something up and get something out of without needing any background in the discipline.

Dr Mabuse
05-13-12, 10:19 PM
Animal Farm

On Liberty

Vol 1. An Age Like This 1920-1940
Vol 2. My Country Right or Left 1940-1943
Vol 3. As I Please 1943-1945
Vol 4. In Front of Your Nose 1945-1950

Lord of the Flies

The Republic

Democracy in America

1984

The Prince

There's a few.

kvrdave
05-13-12, 10:38 PM
Animal Farm was what I thought of first.

I haven't really read any books by today's talking heads.

Josh-da-man
05-13-12, 11:15 PM
Ain't Nobodies Business If You Do by Peter McWilliams

Marc Brobard
05-14-12, 12:57 AM
The Prince, really, Mabuse?

Discourses on Livy - Niccolo Macchiavelli

The Story of Civilization - Will Durant

mosquitobite
05-14-12, 05:54 PM
Turn Neither to the Right nor to the Left (http://www.amazon.com/Neither-Christian-Public-Policy-Series/dp/0972975454/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337035962&sr=8-1)
Bias (http://www.amazon.com/Bias-Insider-Exposes-Media-Distort/dp/0060520841/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337035998&sr=8-1)
Conscience of a Conservative (http://www.amazon.com/Conscience-Conservative-Barry-Goldwater/dp/1604598921/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1337036025&sr=1-1)

wishbone
05-15-12, 03:59 PM
I've read nearly every book written by Chris Matthews. The best, IMO, was Kennedy and Nixon: The Rivalry That Shaped Postwar America.

Matthews once was a pragmatic centrist. Now he's a liberal - at least he plays one of television. ;)One thing Chris Matthews doesn't play well on television... Jeopardy! ;)'Hardball's' Chris Matthews strikes out on 'Jeopardy!'
5/15/2012

http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/5866/9e2428ac7a3f95755f34d83.jpg

We'll take "People Who Aren't as Smart as They Think They Are" for $800, Alex. "Hardball" host Chris Matthews made a less-than-impressive showing on "Jeopardy!" last night, a bomb-fest that was extra hilarious considering the many, many times he's said Sarah Palin (http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2012/05/15/having-repeatedly-mocked-palin-what-shed-do-jeopardy-matthews-comes-l#ixzz1uwLt94fb) would struggle on the show. Matthews looked confused and outmatched on the "Power Players" episode, which also featured former White House press secretary (and eventual winner) Robert Gibbs and CNN reporter Lizzie O'Leary. He shouted out answers when it wasn't his turn and flunked basic arithmetic -- saying Istanbul fit the category of "6-Letter Capitals." Matthews came in third. There was no fourth.http://now.msn.com/now/0515-chris-matthews-jeopardy.aspx

http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/1436/tingle.jpg

:lol:

Supermallet
05-15-12, 05:02 PM
Animal Farm
Lord of the Flies
The Republic
1984
The Prince

I've read these. Does "A Modest Proposal" count?

Marc Brobard
05-17-12, 01:46 AM
I've read these. Does "A Modest Proposal" count?

Hahaha. Well-played.

creekdipper
05-19-12, 03:15 AM
I've read these. Does "A Modest Proposal" count?

The author would be swiftly vilified if he uttered those words on talk radio. Numerous advertisers would drop their sponsorship in response to boycott threats.

Satire doesn't play well in today's market.

JasonF
05-19-12, 10:25 AM
Satire plays fine. It's saying idiotic things then, after the fact, claiming you were just being satirical that doesn't play well.

Ky-Fi
05-19-12, 10:53 AM
C.S. Lewis' "The Abolition of Man". Can't believe how, by 1943, he could already see what was coming down the road.

Marc Brobard
05-25-12, 01:24 AM
C.S. Lewis' "The Abolition of Man". Can't believe how, by 1943, he could already see what was coming down the road.

Good one.

Marc Brobard
05-25-12, 01:24 AM
The author would be swiftly vilified if he uttered those words on talk radio. Numerous advertisers would drop their sponsorship in response to boycott threats.

Satire doesn't play well in today's market.

I think you just proved that.