More Books on Politics and Government

Developed by Karl Weber

The Strategist: Brent Scowcroft and the Call of National Security, by Bartholomew Sparrow (PublicAffairs, 2015). 

 

For thirty years, Brent Scowcroft played a leading role in shaping U.S. foreign policy, yet remained little known outside the elite Washington circles in which he moved.  In this masterly account edited by Weber, historian Bat Sparrow examines Scowcroft's influence on presidents from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush, showing how he helped American policymakers deftly manage crucial turning points like the fall of the Soviet Union--and how he tried, and failed, to avert the ill-fated invasion of Iraq. 

935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America's Moral Integrity, by Charles Lewis (PublicAffairs, 2014).

 

As one of the world's leading investigative journalists and the founder of the highly-respected Center for Public Integrity, Charles Lewis has spent decades fighting to discover and expose the most important and damaging falsehoods perpetuated by governments and corporations.  In 935 Lies, edited by Weber, Lewis tells the stories behind the battles for truth from the cover-ups of the Civil Rights and Vietnam War era to the pseudo-scientific distortions about health and climate change peddled by the big tobacco companies and the fossil fuel industry.

A Governor’s Story: The Fight For Jobs And America’s Economic Future, by Jennifer M. Granholm and Dan Mulhern (PublicAffairs, September, 2011).

 

Jennifer Granholm was a rising star of the Democratic party when she was sworn in as governor of Michigan in January, 2003.  Eight years later, she left office after two of the most tumultuous terms in her state’s history, a period of economic meltdown, the collapse of the auto industry, and unprecedented partisanship and ideological warfare on both the state and national levels.  In this memoir written with her husband and chief advisor, Dan Mulhern, and edited by Karl Weber, Granholm tells the behind-the-scenes stories of her battles to jumpstart the nation’s fifth-largest economy and revive a moribund manufacturing sector in the face of intense political opposition--battles now being reenacted on the national stage.

The Best of I.F. Stone, edited by Karl Weber (PublicAffairs, 2006)

 

A collection of remarkable essays, profiles, and breaking news stories from the 1950s to the 1970s by the legendary independent journalist, whose insights into issues like war and peace, human rights, and government corruption remain astonishingly relevant, even prescient.