Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Books We Want for the Holidays: Old Time Politics

You know what people can’t get enough of this time of year? Politics. That’s right, politics. Okay maybe not today’s politics, or more precisely, the fiscal cliff dysfunction, but old timey politics. Here I will give you two examples of how you can make a history and politic loving son of a gun on your list very happy.

Thomas Jefferson
 Practically in love!
Jon Meacham’s Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power. Meacham presents Jefferson as very possibly the most successful leader in history. He had talents beyond most leaders. Not only was he strategically inclined but also a deep thinker. We are of course knee deep in Abe right now, and that’s fine (if you like tall people),but you will not read a more timely biography. From cultural wars to extreme partisanship, the comparisons are uncanny.   

Let the People In
Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards by Jan Reid. This is just a really fantastic memoir about our beloved (and oh so missed) Ann Richards. She kicked ass and took names, and she was a progressive who could actually work with the other side. Richards paved a road that not only women in politics benefit from, but also gay and lesbian politicians. She truly believed that the government was meant to include all. She believed government should be transparent, that politicians should let the people in.

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