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on the rare occasion i actually finish reading a book, i try to share some thoughts on it…

new books for the shelf…

This is a decidedly non-policy-related post — it’s just that I get really excited when I make new book purchases, and I feel like sharing the fruits of this afternoon’s trip to Border’s (the Bloomington location is closing in just over a month, which makes for some pretty bad-ass discounts – more than enough inspiration to add to my already overcrowded shelves of neglected volumes) —

 The Death of Conservatism:  A Movement and Its Consequences, by Sam Tanenhaus — there have been more declarations of the death of this movement or that, so I’m interested to see what, if anything, sets this one apart

– Restless Giant:  The United States from Watergate to Bush v. Gore, by James T. Patterson — published a few years ago, this looks like an appealing broad-strokes sort of history

– Lies My Teacher Told Me:  Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, by James W. Loewen — I picked this up hoping it will provide some insight for a major writing project I’ve just embarked upon (hopefully a post about that soon)

– The 9/11 Commission Report — turns out I never bought my own copy of this

– Dirty Sexy Politics, by Meghan McCain — this was my guilty-pleasure buy, I’m not ashamed

as for completely non-political/historical purchases…

– Palo Alto, by James Franco — an impulse buy at the front counter

– Finishing the Hat:  Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes, by Stephen Sondheim — I book I’ve been anticipating for over a year-and-a-half, this is the first of a two-volume effort on Sondheim’s part to offer the definitive collection of his complete lyrical output

At some point, I’d like to actually put into words my thoughts on and reactions to the books I read once I’ve finished reading them.  But as the long-lonely copies of Nixonland and Jimmy Carter’s White House Diaries on my bedside table suggest, the finishing is something of a challenge…

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