Sunday, April 30, 2006

Sunday Book Reviews

Politics Lost: How American Democracy Was Trivialized by People Who Think You're Stupid by Joe Klein. Reviewed in the New York Times by Jennifer Senior: "By the book's end, a troubling pattern has emerged: the natural politicians — Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush — make decent use of consultants and pollsters, but the stiffs — Al Gore, John Kerry, Bush père — are made even stiffer by them, encouraged to hew to content and language so boring they ultimately, ruinously, bore themselves."

1973 Nervous Breakdown: Watergate, Warhol, and the Birth of Post-Sixties America by Andreas Killen. Reviewed in the Washington Post by Jonathan Yardley: "Thus in 1973, Andy Warhol, for example, seemed sort of, well, neat -- all those soup cans and Marilyn Monroe and Chairman Mao. We didn't understand at the time that Warhol's only genius was for trivializing everything on which he set his hands, that Mao was a monster to rank with Hitler and Stalin, that the druggy environment in which Warhol dwelled was self-destructive rather than glamorous."


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