"They flew in shooting; they flew out shooting…"
…examines the four turbulent years from 1972 to 1976, the bridge from Nixon’s very visible demise to Reagan’s increasingly visible triumph. All three have a trademark style. They are prodigiously researched; they are long; they are funny; and, in their zeal for narrative, they owe more to the high-quality journalism of a David Halberstam or a Theodore White than to the footnoting, the theorizing, and the narrowed focus of academic historical writing. In addition, Perlstein’s…books trace a single argument—that the conservative movement divided the nation.
"Elected officials…it can be Democrat, Republican, from any background, from any part of the country—take their oaths and all of a sudden are surrounded by people who only tell them what they want to hear…They only hear good news and become insulated from the public. Often they don’t even believe their own polling numbers because of their profound self-assurance. This kind of thinking can easily lead to arrogance and a sense of entitlement. Some people lose their moral compass. Some never had one…[Ray] Nagin ran for office with the best of intentions. His lack of political experience was a plus as a candidate, but a deficit as mayor. His fall has been a disappointment not only to the city but also to so many who supported him and had high hopes for him."
As one of an increasing number of late-night dinners in his second term, it offers a glimpse into a president who prefers intellectuals to politicians, and into the rarefied company Mr. Obama may keep after he leaves the White House.
Kathryn Ma…writes with authority about racial politics in San Francisco, a city where, not long ago, “all the Asian lawyers in town fit into five or six tables.” Now Chinatown power players can block or tip a judge’s promotion, and the annual luncheon of the local Asian bar association fills the banquet floor.
…it’s just a matter of time before they start looking outward and start looking at the West and at the United States in particular…we are at a dangerous time.
…the leading militant group that has extended its grip through large areas of the region—the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria…