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Post-Partisan Sunday Reviews

Written on: April 26th, 2010 by: in Blog Posts

Two highly recommended books in this Sunday’s New York Times come from the one particular side of the political aisle. No Apology, by Mitt Romney and Karl Rove’s Courage and Consequence “offer far deeper insights than have ever been available before” into the the men themselves and to some extent the future and the past of the GOP. Rove’s book offers a nuanced and ultimately respectful view of the last President’s accomplishments, along with an account of his own life and thoughts on political strategy and campaigning. Romeny’s book is not “a classic candidate-in-waiting book”, but is full of his hallmark “corny sense of humor, blunt patriotism and strait-laced formality”, as he presents a plainspoken critique of the current administration and an obvious preview of themes we will hear more of in 2012.

Other titles reviewed this week include The Heights, by Peter Hedges- a “remarkably cheerful” view of a struggling middle class family’s adaptation to suburbia, and Stuff by Randy Frost, which presents 20 years of research and case studies of compulsive hoarders.