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The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era
The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era
by Michael Grunwald
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £21.15

4.0 out of 5 stars Shows little known side of Obama First Term, 13 Jan. 2013
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Well researched look at the stimulus package and its long term consequences. Grunwald writes from a sympathetic viewpoint but is convincing in presenting his evidence and predictions of long term result of the decisions made.


Joe Biden: A Life of Trial and Redemption
Joe Biden: A Life of Trial and Redemption
by Jules Witcover
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good narrative account of long tenure of Joe Biden in Democratic Party Politics, 13 Jan. 2013
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Joe Biden entered the senate in 1972 when liberal giants such as Hubert Humphrey and Geroge Mcgovern were still members and Conservative Southern Democrats had not yet morphed into Republicans. Witcover a veteran reporter shows that after a modest upbringing and family tragedy with the death of his first wife and daughter in a car accident Biden became a leading member of the senate concerned with the nuts and bolts of legislation in the chamber. His presidential ambitions were seemingly dealt a fatal blow with the 1988 primary campaign in which he suffered accusations of being a plagiarizer of other speeches.Biden still maintained a high reputation in the senate with a strong input in domestic and foreign affairs. As a standard bearer of the traditional new deal/great society wing of the party Biden proved a strong choice as VP candidate for Obama with his folksy campaign style and experience. The book only covers the start of the Biden Vice presidency but his a fair and balanced record of an iconic Democratic party figure.


Dr Who Companion Chronicles CD (Big Finish) 3.3 The Doll of Death
Dr Who Companion Chronicles CD (Big Finish) 3.3 The Doll of Death
by Marc Platt
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Entry with fantastical science elements, 11 Dec. 2012
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Entertaining entry with a touch of Ace of Wands about it. Good role for Jo Grant although UNIT rather in background for some of the tale. Time bending plot serviceable but offers little new. all round a competent production well acted.


The Making of the President 1972 (Landmark Political)
The Making of the President 1972 (Landmark Political)
by Theodore H White
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.62

4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Account of McGovernite Campaign against Nixon, 26 Nov. 2010
A solid account by veteran writer White written soon after the 1972 campaign.
Shows how George McGovern (Acid, Amnesty, Abortion) staged an insurgent campaign to gain the Democratic nomination.
The Principled Liberal McGovern had a cadre of liberal/young minority support but he never managed to win over the party regulars who would have been probably delighted by his landslide defeat in the General Election to Nixon because it allowed them to reclaim the party from its liberal fringe.
The new open primaries were in operation for the first time and certainly took the nominating power from the party bosses (such as Mayor Daley - Chicago).
Although I am personally sympathatic to Mcgovern it is hard not to condone the disorgainsation of his campaign especially the bizzare saga involving vice presidential choice - Thomas Eagleton.
The Democrats had no hope of capturing the once solid south with the platform they adopted and they did not fully recover until the poltical astuteness and abilities of Bill Clinton lead them to a two term presidency in the nineties.


Nixon and Mao: The Week That Changed the World
Nixon and Mao: The Week That Changed the World
by Margaret MacMillan
Edition: Audio CD

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4.0 out of 5 stars Shows Nixon following Metternich as balance of power statesman, 25 Nov. 2010
A lucid account of the famous 1972 summit meeting. Shows the virtue of the balance of power diplomacy pursued by Nixon and Kissinger as opposed to the later neo conservative policies of the George W Bush administration. Good character skectches although less deatil on the Chinese side, although it does show the internal Chinese power struggle. The account also shows shows up the total shut out by Kissinger of Scretary of state William Rogers during the planning and execution of the summit.
The summit proved important in also bringing the Soviet Union to the table and can be seen as a precursor of detente in the middle of the decade.
Macmillan writes well and the whole saga adds up to a affirimation of the Metternich type diplomacy pursued by Nixon / Kissinger.
The security of the west was better preserved by this approach than it would have been by a policy based on human rights which would have alienated the Chinese leadership from contact and left America confronting two communist blocks during a period of economic uncertainty.


Americans in Paris: Life and Death under Nazi Occupation 1940-44
Americans in Paris: Life and Death under Nazi Occupation 1940-44
by Charles Glass
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well researched slice of little known paris war stories, 28 April 2009
Veteran Journalist Glass produces a polished and intriguing account of the lives and choices made by an odd assortment of Americans in Paris during the second world war. He shows that easy choices could not be made and the ingenuity needed in the ever changing clouds of these years. entertaining and informative.
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