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Humor and Humanity on Display in 'Double Down' Politics

Cruz. Paul. Clinton. Biden.

Lobbyists Ask, Then Write, 'Where The Jobs Are'

When most lobbyists exit a meeting on Capitol Hill, they leave behind a one-pager, or, if they’re really ambitious, maybe a 30-page report.

Berg's 'Wilson': A Warts-and-All Portrait

A. Scott Berg’s “Wilson,” a biography of the 28th president, covers what everybody knows about Woodrow Wilson: He was an academic wunderkind, educational and political reformer, governor, president, statesman, visionary. Berg also includes what’s less well-known: probable racist.

Going Along, Getting Along and Falling Apart

In these days of legislative gridlock, there is a tendency to look back at the good old days when lawmakers all got along because they shared a whiskey at the end of the workday and socialized on D.C. weekends rather than returning home.

Cartoons Illustrate Nestle's Book on the Absurdity of Food Policies

For her latest incursion into the dizzying world of food politics, award-winning author and public health advocate Marion Nestle didn’t so much have to choose her words wisely as draw from the flood of animated commentary already flowing through the daily news cycle.

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Stewart Lends Writing Skills to Bring Elizabeth Smart's 'My Story' to Life

The intersection of faith and history has long intrigued Rep. Chris Stewart, who has co-authored multiple bestsellers, from techno-thrillers to pseudo-theological novels. The Utah Republican was an author — an actual novelist, not a fly-by autobiographer or tell-all storyteller — before entering the House as a freshman this January. That’s why, in part, the dust jacket of his newest book, “My Story,” written with Utahn Elizabeth Smart, doesn’t mention that he’s a congressman.

Rick Atkinson's World War II Trilogy, a Natural Extension of His Life as a Journalist, Ends With a Bang

For Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and journalist Rick Atkinson, World War II is just in his blood.

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Barbara Mikulski: Senior Senator, Appropriator, Crime Novelist

“I walked the few yards to the escalator, then rode down to the overlit brilliance of the subway platform.

Former Sen. Alan Dixon's Memoir Provides Unvarnished Story

Let me mention a fellow who used to be in the Senate. Alan Dixon is his name, but people call him Al the Pal. The Senate may never have seen a more practiced backslapper and glad-hander, and that’s saying something. Al was turfed out of office by his own Democratic Party in 1992. He spent 40 years winning elections, but he sure didn’t see that one coming.

National Book Festival Finds Perfect Audience in D.C.'s Literary Set

Authors, poets and scholars — even former members of Congress — will travel once again to one of the nation’s most well-read areas this weekend.

Levin's 'Liberty' Needs Less Utopia, More Whig

Utopian visions are typically the purview of the left. Conservatives, with their well-placed tendency to have less faith in the perfectibility of man, tend to steer clear of such things.

John Hay, America's Lord Grantham, Brought to Life

Tired of the bickering between Democrats and Republicans, between Congress and the administration? Relax. It’s been worse.

Author Looks at the Complicated Lives of 'America's Obsessives'

Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. But that doesn’t mean he was an easy guy to live with.

An Honest Appraisal of Abe Lincoln by a Conservative

Any writer who presumes to make a political case that the Founders — or any other icons of American history — are on his side has a considerable burden of proof to meet. Few are up to the task.

Learn More About the Senate With This Guide

“The American Senate” should be required reading for anyone new to the chamber: interns, staffers, even senators. There’s unlikely to be another single volume quite as comprehensive anytime soon, a fact that can probably be attributed to the authors.

Wanda Moebius Talks About Newspapers and Curious George | Shelf Life

Shelf Life is back to hear from another Washington insider about her favorite books and inspirational reads.

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'Act of Congress' Details Sausage-Making That Was Dodd-Frank Law

Washington Post veteran Robert Kaiser’s latest book, “Act of Congress: How America’s Essential Institution Works, and How It Doesn’t,” provides an insider’s view of the making of Congress’ response to the 2008 market crash, the Dodd-Frank Act.

Statistics Come Into Their Political Own in This Primer

The last time Republicans won a presidential election without a Nixon or a Bush on the ticket was 85 years ago, in 1928. With nearly a full century of electoral data available, the answer to the Republicans’ presidential ambitions is obvious, and it isn’t Christie or Ryan or Paul or Cruz.

Greater Washington Writers Series' First Pitch a Home Run

Hoping to use Boston’s Great Fenway Park Writers Series as a template, two old Washington hands have launched the Greater Washington Writers Series.

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Ben Bernanke Collection Shows Fed Chairman's Train of Thought

It looks increasingly likely that we won’t have Ben S. Bernanke to kick around much longer.




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