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  • Cheney memoir to tell all on Bush

    08/13/2009 10:28:26 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 9 replies · 1,146+ views
    The Australian ^ | August 14, 2009 | Brad Norington
    THE first signs have emerged that former US vice-president Dick Cheney lost faith in his former boss George W.Bush for going "soft" after refusing to listen to his advice. Mr Cheney, who has always steadfastly supported the former US president, has reportedly told colleagues and political experts of his disappointment as Mr Bush's resolve weakened in response to souring public opinion during his second term. According to The Washington Post, the man often called the most influential vice-president in US history has made known his feelings during discussions about a memoir he is writing that publishers have been told is...
  • Report: Cheney Thought Bush Showed Moral Weakness

    08/13/2009 5:32:32 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 16 replies · 1,032+ views
    Former Vice President Thinks Bush Ignored Advice, Made Concessions To Public Sentiment Former Vice President Dick Cheney believes his old boss, President George W. Bush, gradually turned away from his advice during their second term in the White House, showing a surprising independence as he started taking more flexible positions on a range of issues, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. Cheney, often described as the most influential vice president in U.S. history, has been discussing his years in office in informal talks with authors, diplomats, policy experts and past colleagues, the Post said, as he works on a memoir due...
  • In memoir, spy reveals little more than regret (Anthony Blunt)

    It began with youthful idealism and ended in bitter regret. Anthony Blunt - English gentleman, art adviser to Queen Elizabeth II, and Soviet spy - felt the decision to give British secrets to the Kremlin was “the biggest mistake of my life.’’ Blunt wrote of his remorse in a 30,000-word memoir completed shortly before his death in 1983 and released today by the British Library. It was given to the library in 1984 on condition it not be made public for 25 years. Blunt was the infamous “fourth man’’ in a ring of upper-class Britons who spied for the Soviet...
  • John Rizzo: The most influential career lawyer in CIA history

    06/29/2009 6:38:17 PM PDT · by decimon · 2 replies · 426+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 29, 2009 | Greg Miller
    In his memoir, former CIA Director George J. Tenet described the agency's first course of action in a crisis. "Despite what Hollywood might have you believe," Tenet wrote, "you don't call in the tough guys; you call in the lawyers." For more than three decades, that almost always has meant making a call to John A. Rizzo. The acting general counsel at the CIA, Rizzo has guided generations of agency leaders on the legal contours of clandestine operations and the often-ensuing investigations. At CIA headquarters, he is known for his eye-watering wardrobe -- with ties, cuff links and suspenders colored...
  • AP Exclusive: Cheney writes memoir

    06/23/2009 5:03:49 PM PDT · by KJC1 · 13 replies · 694+ views
    AP/Breitbart ^ | 06-23-09 | Hillel Italie
    NEW YORK (AP) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney has signed a book deal with a conservative imprint of Simon & Schuster and said he hopes readers of all ideologies will be interested in his story. The memoir by Cheney, widely considered the most powerful vice president in history, is expected to be published in Spring 2011, a few months after President George W. Bush's book comes out. Cheney's work is currently untitled and will cover his long career in government, from chief of staff under President Ford to vice president under Bush, from Vietnam and Watergate to the first...
  • Paramour of Kennedy Is Writing a Book (JFK's intern)

    05/23/2009 10:33:58 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 58 replies · 3,267+ views
    NY Times ^ | 5/22/2009 | MOTOKO RICH
    Mimi Beardsley Alford, a retired New York church administrator who had an affair with John F. Kennedy while she was an intern in the White House, is breaking a silence of more than 40 years to tell her story in a memoir to be published by Random House. Ms. Alford’s secret was initially divulged six years ago when a biography of Kennedy was published with portions from a 1964 oral history that described the president’s 18-month sexual affair with a young intern named Mimi Beardsley. The Daily News tracked her down and discovered that she was Marion Fahnestock, who was...
  • Sarah Palin Picks Christian Journalist to Collaborate on Memoir

    05/22/2009 3:00:23 PM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 149 replies · 3,598+ views
    USNews ^ | 5/22/09 | Dan Gilgoff
    Sarah Palin has picked a Christian author and magazine journalist to collaborate with her on her forthcoming memoir for HarperCollins. The journalist, Lynn Vincent, has been at World—the nation's best-read Christian newsmagazine—for the last 10 years as a writer and editor. This isn't a surprising choice for Palin, but it's certainly one worth noting. It's more evidence that she's honing a distinctly Christian public image since coming off the campaign trail last year. This seems to be a change from the days when she was a state-level figure, almost entirely unknown outside of Alaska.
  • Netanyahu to present Obama with Twain's Holy Land memoir

    05/18/2009 6:57:48 PM PDT · by decimon · 25 replies · 861+ views
    Haaretz ^ | May 19, 2009 | Maya Sela
    > In his travel memoir, Twain describes a 1867 trip to the Land of Israel, which he finds a backward and desolate place devoid of culture or law. "Renowned Jerusalem itself, the stateliest name in history, has lost all its ancient grandeur, and is become a pauper village," he states, calling it a country where prosperity had died out, a place of lost splendor and beauty where joy has turned to sorrow, and where silence and death prevail in its holy places.
  • Elizabeth Edwards' Book Debut Disappoints

    05/14/2009 12:06:51 PM PDT · by Justaham · 29 replies · 864+ views
    Even a juicy political affair and an appearance on Oprah didn't help Elizabeth Edwards sell a lot of books. To say that her new memoir, Reflections, underperformed would be an understatement. The book trailed behind Michael J. Fox's memoir and Mark Levin's Liberty, only opening with a scan of 18,853 units. To put that into perspective: Fox's book scanned 36,321 units this past week, with a total of 138,128 since it's release. The battle of the books is on!
  • Palins Get Ready to Spill

    04/06/2009 12:15:18 PM PDT · by CARepublicans · 69 replies · 2,790+ views
    Washingtonian ^ | April 06, 2009 | Kim Eisler
    Palins Get Ready to Spill By Kim Eisler Published Monday, April 06, 2009 Alaska’s Republican governor, Sarah Palin, has retained DC Democratic power player Robert Barnett to sell her presumed memoir of the 2008 campaign. The expected seven-figure book advance will make it easier for Palin to pay for travel to the “lower 48” for political events and then a presidential run. The book could put Palin into a 2012 race with President Obama, who used the same lawyer and the same strategy—a big advance and a book—in part to back his early campaign efforts. During the 2008 Democratic campaign,...
  • Discussion of "Dreams from My Father"

    04/04/2009 9:56:09 AM PDT · by Remole · 27 replies · 889+ views
    1994 | Barack Obama
    I have begun to read B. Obama's memoirs, "Dreams from My Father," and I am wondering what other FReepers think about it. Please post your thoughts and direct us to any published reviews.
  • Bush Has Begun Work On Memoirs

    03/24/2009 12:40:18 PM PDT · by steve-b · 19 replies · 1,238+ views
    CBS News ^ | 3/19/09 | Brent Lang
    Former President George W. Bush will continue a long presidential tradition of putting pen to page in the hopes of burnishing his legacy. From Ulysses S. Grant (whose "Personal Memoirs" is considered the gold standard of presidential autobiographies) to Bill Clinton (whose "My Life" sold over 2 million copies), the memoir has become an essential part of reputation-building for ex-presidents. Mr. Bush has signed a deal to write his own contribution to the genre, tentatively titled "Decision Points," with the Crown Publishing Group, Politico reports. It is not known if Mr. Bush's payday will match or surpass the $15 million...
  • 2 books in the works with pilot Sullenberger

    03/20/2009 5:19:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 369+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/20/09 | AP
    NEW YORK – William Morrow says it plans to publish the first of two books with hero pilot Chesley B. Sullenberger III late this year. Topics will include his boyhood, his military service and, of course, his "Miracle on the Hudson" experiences. William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, said Friday the subject and timing of the second book is not yet known. Sullenberger safely ditched his US Airways plane in New York's Hudson River on Jan. 15 after its engines were disabled by geese. All 155 people aboard survived.
  • Bush to write book on important decisions of presidency

    03/19/2009 12:20:42 AM PDT · by americanophile · 104 replies · 4,398+ views
    CNN ^ | March 19, 2009 | CNN
    (CNN) -- Former President George W. Bush is writing a book focusing on defining decisions he's made in his personal and political life, a publishing house announced Thursday. The book, tentatively titled "Decision Points," is to be published in fall 2010, according to the Crown Publishing Group. Financial terms weren't disclosed. The book will focus on about 12 important decisions made by the former president. Topics will include his decision to run for president, his choice of his closest advisers, the September 11 terrorist attacks, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, his response to Hurricane Katrina, the forming of his...
  • Release date scheduled for Ted Kennedy's memoir

    03/11/2009 4:27:50 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 26 replies · 653+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 11, 2009 | HILLEL ITALIE
    NEW YORK (AP) - The editor of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's memoir says the book will come out this fall. Jonathan Karp of the Twelve imprint at the Hachette Book Group USA, announced the release Wednesday during the annual meeting of the Association of American Publishers. Twelve spokesman Cary Goldstein said the book, titled "True Compass," would be listed in the publisher's fall catalog, out next month.
  • US hostages' chronicle critical of Betancourt( Former FARC Prisoners inColombia(

    03/01/2009 8:00:13 AM PST · by Candor7 · 4 replies · 776+ views
    Star Telegram ^ | 1st March 2009 | FRANK BAJAK
    BOGOTA -- Three Americans held captive by Colombia's leftist rebels for 5 1/2 years published a memoir Thursday full of wrenching survival stories and unkind words about Ingrid Betancourt, the most famous hostage who shared their jungle prisons. The chronicle of the U.S. military contractors' 1,967 days as rebel captives describes their pain and perseverance, mind-numbing boredom in jungle cages, forced marches in chains, close calls under fire and ultimately, a miraculous rescue. ( Read Rest at Link)
  • Evidence Mounts: Ayers Co-Wrote Obama's Dreams

    01/18/2009 6:31:42 PM PST · by STARWISE · 62 replies · 2,796+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 10-17-08 | Jack Cashill
    Evidence continues to mount that Barack Obama had substantial help from Bill Ayers in the creation of his 1995 book, Dreams From My Father, a book that Time Magazine has called "the best-written memoir ever produced by an American politician." The evidence falls into five general categories, here summarized. * The discovery of new matching nautical metaphors from both Ayers and Obama that almost assuredly came from the same source: Ayers, a former merchant seaman. * The discovery of a Bill Ayers' essay on memoir writing, whose postmodern themes and phrases are echoed throughout Dreams. * A newly discovered book...
  • 'Joe' pens memoir on his life, his dream

    12/20/2008 2:50:23 PM PST · by redk · 24 replies · 860+ views
    Toledo Blade ^ | December 20, 2008 | TOM TROY
    Like the two men whose campaigns for president he influenced with his unexpected step upon the national political stage, Joe the Plumber has published a book about his life.
  • Obama mentor Frank Marshall Davis wrote shocking, autobiographical pornography

    08/23/2008 9:37:38 AM PDT · by Rocco DiPippo · 32 replies · 1,820+ views
    The Telegraph UK ^ | 22 Aug 2008 | Toby Harnden
    . . .It has also been established that Mr Davis, who divorced in 1970, was the author of a hard-core pornographic autobiography published in San Diego in 1968 by Greenleaf Classics under the pseudonym Bob Greene. . . . In the introduction to Sex Rebel, Davis explains that although he has “changed names and identities…all incidents I have described have been taken from actual experiences”. He stated that “under certain circumstances I am bisexual” and that he was “ a voyeur and an exhibitionist” who was “occasionally mildly interested in sado-masochism," adding: “I have often wished I had two penises...
  • Bill Ayers = Barry Obama?

    09/20/2008 12:00:18 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 11 replies · 171+ views
    WND ^ | 9/20/08 | Jack Cashill
    Bill Ayers' motive for penning memoir Jack Cshill Editor's note: This is Part 1 of a three-part analysis of Barack Obama's "Dreams From My Father." "I picture the street coming alive, awakening from the fury of winter, stirred from the chilly spring night by cold glimmers of sunlight angling through the city." Bill Ayers, "Fugitive Days." "Night now fell in midafternoon, especially when the snowstorms rolled in, boundless prairie storms that set the sky close to the ground, the city lights reflected against the clouds." Barack Obama, "Dreams From My Father." Prior to 1990, when Barack Obama contracted to write...
  • Did William Ayers Ghost-Write Obama Memoir?

    09/18/2008 3:11:56 PM PDT · by attiladhun2 · 168 replies · 1,512+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | Sept. 18, 2008 | Reynaldo Mahatma Smith
    According to Jack Cashill (see this link), there is mounting evidence to indicate that Barack Obama was not the author of his now famous memoir, Dreams From My Father. His research into Obama's literary background shows that, prior to 1990, Obama had written nothing of note. Then like a bolt from the blue, Obama produces a work described by Time Magazine as "the best-written memoir ever produced by an American politician."Cashill observes, "I had questioned whether the influential Muslim crackpot who paved Obama’s way into Harvard, Khalid al Mansour, might have greased his way into the world of publishing as...
  • Duke Rape Accuser Peddles Her Sob Story

    08/27/2008 9:19:46 AM PDT · by AJKauf · 48 replies · 170+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | August 27, 2008 | La Shawn Barber
    In a sane world, Crystal Mangum's forthcoming memoir would contain just two words: "I'm sorry." Last Friday morning, I opened an email that contained a press release for a forthcoming book titled The Last Dance for Grace: The Crystal Mangum Story. Thinking it was an Internet hoax, I googled “Crystal Mangum” and found the story on Sure enough, the infamous former stripper and prostitute, who falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of gang-raping and beating her in a bathroom, was writing her memoirs:....
  • 'Basic Instinct' author writes book about faith (Converts to Christianity?)

    08/23/2008 9:54:44 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 31 replies · 188+ views
    Toledo Blade ^ | August 23, 2008 | Staff
    Joe Eszterhas' latest book is a shocker, but not the kind that made him rich and famous. The upcoming release from the man who penned dark thrillers such as Basic Instinct and Jagged Edge tells the story of his spiritual conversion and his newfound devotion to God and family. In Crossbearer: A Memoir of Faith, to be published Sept. 2 by St. Martin's Press, Mr. Eszterhas describes how his life got turned around during the summer of 2001. He and his second wife, Naomi, had just moved from Malibu to a suburb of Cleveland - where he had grown up;...
  • Thatcher's daughter writes of mother's dementia

    08/23/2008 8:46:04 PM PDT · by RDTF · 54 replies · 322+ views
    Breitbart ^ | August 23, 2008 | AFP
    The daughter of British former prime minister Margaret Thatcher tells how her mother's dementia has left her struggling to remember the simplest facts in book extracts published Sunday. Carol Thatcher wrote that, on her worst days, her mother struggles to finish sentences but shows occasional glimpses of her old self, particularly when talking about her time in Downing Street. "I had always thought of her as ageless, timeless and 100 percent cast-iron damage-proof," Carol Thatcher wrote in her memoir, "A Swim-On Part In The Goldfish Bowl", which was serialised in the Mail on Sunday newspaper. "Whereas previously you never had...
  • Duke lacrosse accuser writes memoir

    08/22/2008 5:56:13 AM PDT · by NCjim · 48 replies · 241+ views
    WRAL ^ | August 22, 2008
    Durham, N.C. — The woman at the center of the 2006 scandal that rocked Duke University, Durham and the lives of the three lacrosse players she accused of raping her is coming out with a book. Crystal Gail Mangum worked as an exotic dancer in March 2006, when she performed at a party hosted by several Duke lacrosse players. It was at that party, Mangum alleged, that three white members of the team trapped her inside a bathroom and raped and sexually assaulted her. David Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann were later indicted on the allegations. The claims also...
  • Duke LAX accuser pens memoir

    08/21/2008 6:20:47 PM PDT · by Locomotive Breath · 67 replies · 7,806+ views ^ | 8/21/2008 | Locomotive Breath
    By Tamara Gibbs DURHAM (WTVD) -- Since three former Duke Lacrosse players were declared innocent of rape and assault charges, the alleged victim in the highly publicized Duke Lacrosse case has remained out of public view until now. In a press release, Crystal Mangum's manager has announced plans to release a tell-all memoir entitled "The Last Dance for Grace: The Crystal Mangum Story." According to the book's co-author Vincent Clark, the book will be released in October.
  • Obama's autobiography is a must-read (It's a radical racist rant!)

    07/22/2008 1:43:44 PM PDT · by MindBender26 · 26 replies · 88+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | The Amazing Ann Coulter
    If characters from "The Hills" were to emote about race, I imagine it would sound like B. Hussein Obama's autobiography, Has anybody read "Dreams From My Father." Inasmuch as the book reveals Obama to be a flabbergasting lunatic, I gather the answer is no. Obama is about to be our next president: You might want to take a peek. If only people had read "Mein Kampf" ... When his mother expresses concern about Obama's high school friend being busted for drugs, Obama says he patted his mother's hand and told her not to worry. This, too, prompted Obama to share...

    07/22/2008 1:13:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies · 151+ views
    New York Post ^ | July 22, 2008 | ADAM BUCKMAN
    THE brainy English teacher who became the central figure in the quiz-show scandals of the late 1950s has broken his silence. Charles Van Doren, 82, is finally telling his side of the story in a first-person account published in this week's New Yorker magazine, which came out yesterday. Van Doren - who lives in Connecticut with his wife of 50 years and still teaches college-level English (most recently at the University of Connecticut in Torrington) - said he decided to go public with his version of the "Twenty-One" quiz-show story for the sake of his grandchildren. The New Yorker story...
  • Obama's Audio Book May Hurt Him

    07/08/2008 12:40:43 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 20 replies · 366+ views
    News Max ^ | 7/8/2008 | Jim Meyers
    Barack Obama's personal recording of the audio version of his memoir could target the Democratic presidential candidate. ... In a passage [Hugh] Hewitt has played on his radio show, Obama mimics Wright's voice and repeats a sermon attacking a society "where white folks' greed runs a world in need." Obama is also heard swearing and quoting others using racial slurs...
  • Barnes & Noble: We 'Corrected Error' Yielding Obama Book When Searching for God Bio

    06/16/2008 10:33:36 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 14 replies · 62+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    It was all just an "error" that's since been "fine-tuned." So says Barnes & Noble [B&N] now about the way its search engine was prominently returning Barack Obama's "Audacity of Hope" in response to search requests for "God: A Biography." We wrote about the matter here last Thursday. Today, reader Dan H. wrote to tell us about an interesting exchange of emails he had with B&N regarding the situation. According to Dan, after reading our NewsBusters article, he emailed B&N to express his displeasure, and received what to all appearances was a form letter focusing on freedom of expression, rather...
  • Tim Russert Beliefnet Interview for Father's Day 2006: Wisdom of Our Fathers

    06/13/2008 1:23:57 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 5 replies · 145+ views
    BeliefNet ^ | Jun 18, 2006 | Michael Kress
    When newsman Tim Russert published a memoir about his father, "Big Russ and Me," he says he wasn't prepared for the huge number of letters and emails he received from readers eager to talk about their own fathers. He's now compiled some of the best of those responses into a follow-up book, "Wisdom of Our Fathers." Russert, the moderator of NBC's "Meet the Press," spoke with Beliefnet about his father's reaction to the book, his own role as a father, and the place of prayer in his life.
  • I Knew It All Along [Scott McClellan]

    05/29/2008 9:38:42 AM PDT · by The_Republican · 34 replies · 190+ views
    NYT ^ | May 29th, 2008 | Editorial
    There are several kinds of Washington memoirs: “I Reveal the Honest Truth,” a kiss-up-and-tell designed to settle scores (nod to honesty optional). “I Was There at the Start,” designed to make the author appear to be the linchpin of history. And, most tedious: “I Knew It Was a Terrible Mistake, but I Didn’t Mention It Until I Got a Book Contract.” Scott McClellan’s memoir is the latest entry in the latter genre. Among his far-too-late admissions, President Bush’s former spokesman reveals that he knew the war in Iraq was “a serious strategic blunder,” but the White House decided the best...
  • Author admits acclaimed memoir is fantasy

    03/04/2008 12:17:23 PM PST · by pissant · 23 replies · 74+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | 3/4/08 | Motoko Rich
    In "Love and Consequences," a critically acclaimed memoir published last week, Margaret B. Jones wrote about her life as a half-white, half-Native American girl growing up in South-Central Los Angeles as a foster child among gang-bangers, running drugs for the Bloods. The problem is that none of it is true. Margaret B. Jones is a pseudonym for Margaret Seltzer, who is all white and grew up in the well-to-do Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles, in the San Fernando Valley, with her biological family. She graduated from the Campbell Hall School, a private Episcopal day school in the North Hollywood...
  • Author Admits Acclaimed Memoir Is Fantasy (Love and Consequences)

    03/03/2008 10:00:47 PM PST · by lowbridge · 32 replies · 208+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 4, 2008 | MOTOKO RICH
    In “Love and Consequences,” a critically acclaimed memoir published last week, Margaret B. Jones wrote about her life as a half-white, half-Native American girl growing up in South-Central Los Angeles as a foster child among gang-bangers, running drugs for the Bloods. The problem is that none of it is true. Margaret B. Jones is a pseudonym for Margaret Seltzer, who is all white and grew up in the well-to-do Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles, in the San Fernando Valley, with her biological family. She graduated from the Campbell Hall School, a private Episcopal day school in the North Hollywood...
  • Review of “My Grandfather’s Son” by Clarence Thomas (excellent read)

    01/04/2008 7:25:41 AM PST · by jdm · 27 replies · 62+ views
    Over the Christmas vacation I read Clarence Thomas’s memoir “My Grandfather’s Son.” I recommend it highly. The people who most need to read it are the very people who never will: the leftists who have bought off on the idea that Thomas is a conservative bogeyman who is evil and never should have become a Supreme Court Justice.I began reading Justice Thomas’s book as I waited in line to meet him at Chapman University, and my overwhelming impression of the first 20-30 pages was: “Man. This guy was poor.”Some of the stories in the book were already familiar to me...
  • Karl Rove inks $1M-plus memoir deal

    12/22/2007 12:40:18 PM PST · by COUNTrecount · 17 replies · 75+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Dec. 21, 2007 | AMY WESTFELDT
    NEW YORK -- GOP strategist Karl Rove has agreed to write about his years as an adviser to President Bush in a deal worth over $1.5 million with former colleague Mary Matalin's conservative imprint at Simon & Schuster, officials said Friday. Rove, the architect of Bush's 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns and one of the most influential political advisers of his time, signed the deal with Threshold Editions, the imprint's publisher and executive vice president Louise Burke said. "All of us at Threshold are thrilled to publish the book from the man who had the president's ear for two terms,"...
  • Nominate Illustrations for Use in Teddy's Book!

    11/27/2007 8:45:00 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 27 replies · 90+ views
    Vanity ^ | November 27, 2007 | Arthur McGowan
  • Is 'surrender' not an option?-John Bolton's chilling insight on the Iranian threat, Annapolis

    11/20/2007 5:58:16 AM PST · by SJackson · 21 replies · 97+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11-20-07 | JONATHAN TOBIN
    Late in 2006, as the pro-Israel community in Washington was still making its last-ditch efforts to secure John Bolton's confirmation to the post of ambassador to the United Nations, the object of their affection was beginning to change his mind about the post. The initial attempt to give the job to Bolton had been blocked by hostile members of the Senate, who saw the veteran Washington lawyer and diplomat as too critical of the world body to represent the United States there. But after a "recess" appointment in August 2005 that allowed him to stay in office until the end...
  • Plame on Spy Movies and Going Hollywood

    11/16/2007 2:13:46 PM PST · by Cecily · 24 replies · 209+ views ^ | November 16, 2007 | Jeffrey Ressner
    Who by now doesn’t know the tangled, twisted story of Valerie Plame? In case you just came in from the cold, the former CIA agent’s cover was blown after her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, wrote a blistering New York Times opinion piece charging the Bush administration with manipulating WMD intelligence to justify the Iraq war. Then came Scooter and Judith and Karl; the clarion calls for frog-marching; the double secret background e-mails; the turning of aspens and the rest. This month, the sexy ex-spy’s memoir, “Fair Game,” landed on bestseller lists. Earlier this year it was optioned for a...
  • An Infamous Explosion, and the Smoldering Memory of Radicalism

    11/14/2007 9:16:36 PM PST · by neverdem · 41 replies · 214+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 14, 2007 | JIM DWYER
    On a brisk November morning, Cathy Wilkerson strides down one of the city’s finest streets, 11th between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, her glance sweeping across the row of handsome town houses, alighting nowhere in particular. “The street I remember,” Ms. Wilkerson says, “was a lot less polished.” If streets had memories, this one would recall a far less polished incarnation of her. On the morning of March 6, 1970, Cathy Wilkerson stumbled onto 11th Street in tatters, bleeding and her clothes all but ripped off her body. Her father’s town house, 18 West 11th Street, which she had borrowed on...
  • The Prince of Journalism

    10/29/2007 8:21:59 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 3 replies · 108+ views
    Campus Report ^ | October 28, 2007 | Malcolm Kline
    The Prince of Journalism by: Malcolm A. Kline, October 29, 2007 It contains more useful information than any journalism textbook we have seen but don’t expect legendary reporter Robert Novak’s memoirs to become required reading in communications classes anytime soon. “I was too much of a right winger for most of America’s institutions,” Novak writes in The Prince of Darkness. The title refers to a nickname that a colleague gave Novak early in his career as a comment on his trademark pessimism that has stuck for decades. When he does get on campus, Novak tells college students something they seldom...
  • Former Spy's Memoir Contains a Paradox ("Scattershot Paranoia Runs Through" Plame Bio)

    10/25/2007 3:30:12 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 39 replies · 167+ views
    New York Sun ^ | 10/25/2007 | Nicholas Wapshott
    If Valerie Plame's memoir was intended to lay to rest the conflicting accounts of how she came to be outed as a covert CIA agent, it fails. Instead, she paints herself as a naïve, whinging victim of circumstance married to an angry, obstreperous egotist who volunteered to involve himself in a vicious battle between the White House and the CIA over how President Bush came to make untrue statements in a State of the Union speech. Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House (Simon and Schuster, $26) shows how mistaken her husband's judgment was....
  • Justice Thomas Writes Autobiography

    09/28/2007 8:07:15 PM PDT · by Turret Gunner A20 · 14 replies · 103+ views
    Peoplepc Online/Associated Press ^ | September 28, 2007 | Christine Simmons
    WASHINGTON - Breaking his 16-year public silence on his bitter confirmation hearings, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas says Anita Hill was a mediocre employee who was used by political opponents to make claims she had been sexually harassed. Thomas writes about Hill, his former employee in two government agencies, and the allegations that nearly derailed his nomination to the high court in 1991 in his autobiography, "My Grandfather's Son." A copy of the book, which goes on sale Monday, was obtained Friday by The Associated Press. He writes with indignation of the nationally televised hearings that he memorably called a...
  • Justice Thomas Lashes Out in Memoir

    09/28/2007 8:00:05 PM PDT · by kristinn · 53 replies · 206+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Saturday, September 29, 2007 | Robert Barnes, Michael A. Fletcher and Kevin Merida
    Justice Clarence Thomas settles scores in an angry and vivid forthcoming memoir, scathingly condemning the media, the Democratic senators who opposed his nomination to the Supreme Court, and the "mob" of liberal elites and activist groups that he says desecrated his life. "My Grandfather's Son," for which Thomas has received a reported $1.5 million, is a 289-page memoir of his life in rural Georgia, his reliance on religious faith and his rise to the high court. His book ends with the day he was sworn in and contains only fleeting mentions of his time on the bench. SNIP The Heritage...
  • Hail to Supreme Justice Clarence Thomas..........

    09/27/2007 4:44:56 PM PDT · by SUHU · 15 replies · 169+ views
    Awaiting INFAMOUS Interview on LRushbo's Radio Show ...... Monday, Oct. 1st, 2007. Quote from King LRushbo, "He's going to be in the second and third hour. It's going to be the first 90-minute interview we've ever done with anybody. I taped it after the program yesterday because the first day of the new term of the Supreme Court is on Monday, and he couldn't make it live".
  • Greenspan clarifies Iraq war, oil link

    09/17/2007 5:00:26 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 27 replies · 247+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | September 17, 2007 | JoAnne Allen
    Clarifying a controversial comment in his new memoir, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said he told the White House before the Iraq war that removing Saddam Hussein was "essential" to secure world oil supplies, according to an interview published on Monday. Greenspan, who wrote in his memoir that "the Iraq War is largely about oil," said in a Washington Post interview that while securing global oil supplies was "not the administration's motive," he had presented the White House before the 2003 invasion with the case for why removing the then-Iraqi leader was important for the global economy. "I was...
  • Sen. Edward Kennedy pondering book about his career, views on historic events, aide says

    09/15/2007 6:55:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 101 replies · 1,224+ views
    ap on San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 9/15/07 | Hillel Italie
    NEW YORK – Sen. Edward Kennedy has held preliminary discussions with publishers about writing a book on his career, an adviser to the senator told The Associated Press on Saturday. Kennedy, whose books in recent years include a policy work and a children's story, has retained Washington, D.C., attorney Robert Barnett. Barnett's many literary clients include former President Clinton, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan. “After many years of being requested to do so, and after writing several other books in recent years, Sen. Kennedy has decided to consider the possibility of writing a book...
  • Greenspan criticizes Bush policies in memoir

    09/15/2007 4:50:56 AM PDT · by indcons · 44 replies · 1,013+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sat Sep 15, 2007 | Mark Felsenthal
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan sharply criticizes President George W. Bush's administration and Republican congressional leaders in his memoir for putting political imperatives ahead of sound economic policies, several newspapers reported on Friday. "Little value was placed on rigorous economic policy debate or the weighing of long-term consequences," Greenspan writes of the Bush administration. Accounts of Greenspan's book, "The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World," which is due to be published Monday, appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post and USA Today. Greenspan said he unsuccessfully urged the...
  • Greenspan Book Criticizes Bush And Republicans ("They Deserved to Lose")

    09/14/2007 4:32:26 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 98 replies · 2,066+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 14 September 2007 | GREG IP and EMILY STEEL
    In a withering critique of his fellow Republicans, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan says in his memoir that the party to which he has belonged all his life deserved to lose power last year for forsaking its small-government principles. In "The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World," published by Penguin Press, Mr. Greenspan criticizes both congressional Republicans and President George W. Bush for abandoning fiscal discipline. The book is scheduled for public release Monday. The Wall Street Journal bought a copy at a bookstore in the New York area. Mr. Greenspan, who calls himself a "lifelong libertarian...
  • Judge Backs C.I.A. in Suit on Memoir [RE: Valerie Plame's Perjured "Memoirs"]

    08/03/2007 10:06:00 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 10 replies · 785+ views
    New York Times ^ | 08/03/2007 | Adam Liptak
    Valerie Wilson may be the best known former intelligence operative in recent history, but a federal judge in New York ruled Wednesday that she was not allowed to say how long she worked for the Central Intelligence Agency in the memoir she plans to publish this fall. Although the fact that Ms. Wilson worked for the C.I.A. from 1985 to 2006 has been published in the Congressional Record and elsewhere, the judge, Barbara S. Jones of Federal District Court in Manhattan, said Ms. Wilson was not free to say so. “The information at issue was properly classified, was never declassified...