Staff Pick

Started in 2007, The Washington Post’s Fact Checker column today leads the ever-growing pack of media watchdogs highlighting false public statements. In the age of Donald Trump, the reporters behind the column have been working overtime. In their book, they make a compelling case  for Trump as the most mendacious president in U.S. history. Drawing on a database containing more than 19,000 fallacious statements by Trump since he took office, they examine some of the most frequent distortions and most dangerous deceptions. Their book, like their daily reporting, provides an essential resource for all of us trying to keep our own eyes on the truth and avoid being blinded by Trump’s total disregard for it.

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$20.00
ISBN: 9781982151072
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Published: Scribner - June 2nd, 2020

Staff Pick

Known for his well-researched works of nonfiction, Lawrence Wright applies his talent for expert detail and storytelling to a novel about a pandemic. The result is a medical thriller that, while written before the emergence of covid-19, contains lots of similarities with the current public health crisis. The End of October begins with the outbreak abroad of a mysterious, deadly disease and centers on an American microbiologist who races to understand and combat the spreading virus. To say the book is timely just doesn’t do justice to how eerily prophetic it is.

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$27.95
ISBN: 9780525658658
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Published: Knopf - April 28th, 2020

Staff Pick

The Paladin marks the 11th novel by David Ignatius and, like his previous works, has a very suspenseful, made-up plot grounded in a very plausible national security challenge. For several decades now, Ignatius has managed to succeed at two careers at once—in the journalistic world he’s an accomplished columnist for the Washington Post, and in the literary world he’s a popular writer of spy thrillers. His books are rooted in the same expert reporting that has distinguished his journalism. In The Paladin he concocts a story about a CIA operations officer who chases a group of hackers and software designers intent on using fake news to trigger global financial chaos. It’s a great read and, in characteristic Ignatius fashion, leaves you wondering whether what you’ve just read is a thinly-disguised version of something that has actually happened, is currently happening, or may happen soon.

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$27.95
ISBN: 9780393254174
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 5th, 2020

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