Pols : Great Writers on American Politicians from Bryan to Reagan

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Brilliant pieces of political reportage, satire, and essay, artfully assembled and introduced by a renowned writer, editor, and NPR news analyst In Pols, Jack Beatty presents a writer's portrait gallery of America's most famous and infamous politicians. Whether it's John Dos Passos' brilliant six-page treatment of the life of Theodore Roosevelt, H.L. Mencken on Warren Harding's vapid orotundity, Richard Hofstadter on Herbert Hoover's cult of the individual, Hodding Carter on the terrifying rise of Huey Long, Robert A. Caro on the lonely integrity of Sam Rayburn, Fred Greenstein on the subtle wisdom of Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Rovere on Joe McCarthy the liar, Mike Royko on a day in the life of Richard M. Daley, Lou Cannon on Ronald Reagan's use of humor, or James Fallows on the passionless presidency of Jimmy Carter, these and other classic pieces come at the American breed of politicians from every sort of angle. Particularly at the height of this political season, it's both edifying and a joy to read some of America's greatest political biographers on a century of its most notable politicians.
The writers in Pols show us the American politician in all their stripes - cowardly and brave, charismatic and enigmatic, in charge and lost at sea. Pols, a brilliant collection for the bookshelf or nightstand of any political junkie or fan of good writing, is a literary investigation into American political history at its earthiest and its most high flown.
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  • Hardback | 544 pages
  • 154 x 236 x 44mm | 793.8g
  • PublicAffairs,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1586480154
  • 9781586480158

About Jack Beatty

Jack Beatty is a Senior Editor of the Atlantic Monthly and a News Analyst on the public radio program On Point from WBUR- Boston. He is the author of The Rascal King: The Life and Times of James Michael Curley,1874-1958. His 2001 anthology, Colossus: How the Corporation Changed America, was named one of the ten best business books of the year by BusinessWeek. Mr. Beatty is married, with one son. He lives in New Hampshire.
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