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Books for Barack: President Obama’s Summer Reading List

President Barack Obama’s Summer Reading List for 2011.

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Video review of Red Channels

Here’s something from America’s not too distant past. Red Channels was published in 1950 by an anti-Communist group called Counterattack. The book is a blacklist of people who worked in the American media and entertainment industries. Red Channels ‘exposes’ 151 people, including Larry Adler, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, John Garfield, Dashiell Hammett, Lena Horne, Burl […]

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Ghostwritten: Chairman Mao’s Little Red lie?

A literary scandal is brewing in China where millions of Communist readers are shocked at rumours claiming Chairman Mao’s Little Red Book was, in fact, ghostwritten. First we had James Frey and that Oprah debacle, then we were told Three Cups of Tea was actually One Cup of Tea and a lot of exaggeration, and […]

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Video review of Manhunt by James L Swanson

Here’s me again… turning up like a bad penny. This time I am rambling on and reviewing Manhunt by James L. Swanson. Non fiction is my thing and this is the account of how John Wilkes Booth murdered Abraham Lincoln and then managed to escape his pursuers for 12 days. It’s a pretty good book […]

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Richard Nixon paperweight

We have some odd things for sale on AbeBooks. This morning I came across a clear acrylic paperweight featuring former US president Richard Nixon. Mrs. Nixon and their grandchildren Jennie Elizabeth Eisenhower and Christopher Nixon Cox are also pictured on it. One of the kids does not look happy about being told to look at […]

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Yann Martel ends Stephen Harper book campaign

Author Yann Martel has ended his literary battle with Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper. The Life of Pi author unleashed letter after letter and book after book at the PM, and was…. soundly ignored by the politician, who remains no fan of the arts. A valiant effort from Martel.

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Collecting Kennedy: Rare JFK Books

It is 50 years since John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the president of the United States and books about his life are still being published. His speeches, his family, his war experiences, his political deeds and his death are debated again and again. Our selection of rare JFK collectibles includes books by him […]

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Indignez Vous! by Stéphane Hessel Rouses France

It’s not the type of book we generally see topping the bestsellers’ lists. At 29 pages (only 13 of which are text), and a cost of only €3, the outraged missive of a 93-year-old man, urging the nation’s youth to resist greed and corruption and fight to uphold the sacred values of democracy sounds like […]

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Operation Dark Heart author files lawsuit

A former lieutenant colonel in the US Army Reserve has filed a a lawsuit against the Pentagon in order to have the full text of his Afghanistan war memoir restored in future printings, reports the NY Times. Four months ago, the Defense Department spent $47,300 and bought and pulped the entire first printing of Anthony […]

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Dictator Lit

Our old friend Daniel Calder, who is addicted to odd things, has blogged at The Guardian about dictator literature. A genre where there is little sub-editing I imagine. We do actually have the book Our Socialism Centered on the Masses Shall Not Perish by Kim Jong Il. Of course, being a dictator, you always get […]

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