Staff Pick

Ruth Marcus calls her account of Brett Kavanaugh’s ascension to the Supreme Court a book she’s been preparing to write her entire career, and indeed she brings to Supreme Ambition a wealth of knowledge and experience gathered reporting and commenting on government over the past 35 years for the Washington Post. The book is revealing, insightful, and evenhanded, and its fast pace and lucid prose make for a compelling read. Beyond just filling in details about Kavanaugh’s nomination, Marcus places it in the larger context of a calculated, three-decades-long conservative effort to cement control over the high court. That mission merged last year with Kavanaugh’s own lifelong ambition to secure a spot on the court.

 

Supreme Ambition: Brett Kavanaugh and the Conservative Takeover Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982123864
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Published: Simon & Schuster - December 3rd, 2019

Staff Pick

As he did in his trilogy about the Allied triumph in Europe during World War II, Rick Atkinson brings extensive research, keen attention to detail, and narrative elegance to the telling of yet another grand conflict—this time, the American Revolution. The British are Coming is the first of three volumes that Atkinson intends to write about the war for America, and it’s another magnificent history, vividly and commandingly narrated, weaving together the perspectives of many characters high and low along with meaningful assessments of the action. Although much has been written about the American Revolution, no one had done a start-to-finish battle history for some time, and the actual experience of the war hadn’t been made real to readers for many, many years—until now. 

The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 (The Revolution Trilogy #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781627790437
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - May 14th, 2019

Staff Pick

Elliott Maraniss was a talented newspaperman when, in 1952, he was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee for his communist affiliations. He lost his job and was blacklisted for five years, yet retained his faith in the United States and went on eventually to a successful career in journalism. In A Good American Family, David Maraniss tells his dad’s story along with the stories of others who were in the Committee hearing room—members of the Committee, his dad’s lawyer, and the FBI informant who named him. Through these individual histories, David explores what it means to be an American. On one level, the book is a touching family tale about a son’s search for his father’s past, but on a larger level it’s a resonant story with enduring universal significance, a story of courage, conviction, betrayal, political opportunism, reckoning, and ultimately American identity.

 

 

 

 

A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501178375
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 14th, 2019

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