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Fave Reads: Politics without the Politics

Ah, the P-word. Right or left, we are all a bit exhausted by politics at this point. That said, with A LOT going on in today’s world, I felt drawn to finding context to the daily headlines. These books range from wonkish to whimsy, but all giving perspective without being too political.

  • Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House by Alyssa Mastomonaco – Ever wonder what happens after the news cameras go away? Obama’s Deputy Chief of Staff gives an authentic, and playful, account of what happens beyond the press briefing room.       
  • The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker – Despite the gloom and doom headlines, we are living in the most peaceful time ever as Pinker thoroughly explains in this book. A book about violence that actually makes you hopeful. (Be forewarned… this one is loooooooooong at 832 pages. In fact, I am still working on finishing it)       
  • Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History by Katy Tur – Covering a presidential race is chaotic in a normal year – unrelenting travel, last minute schedule changes, and a diet dependent on fast food. But in an unconventional campaign, the crazy gets amped up even further. NBC journalist Katy Tur’s campaign-logue covers it all – from initially getting assigned to cover novelty-candidate/reality-star Donald Trump to covering not-such-a-novelty-anymore/President-elect Donald Trump.
  • The Myth of the Strong Leader: Political Leadership in the Modern Age by Archie Brown – In a year of lackluster business books, I found insight on how to be a better leader from a book on politics. The discussion of the varying leadership styles of well-known political leaders challenged me to rethink some long-held beliefs on leading others. Bonus: many world leaders are discussed, forcing a view of governance that is not just American-centric.
  • Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life by Jenna Bush Hager & Barbara Bush – Everyone knows that the 90s were totally the best decade ever. Back in the day I followed the first daughters’ every move and was certain we would be BFFs. As if! No matter what you think about W, you will fall in love with his daughters.

This is the fourth installment in a series of  my favorite books I read in 2017. I did a similar series in 2016 and 2015.

How does this worker-bee/soccer-mom/rickety-runner find time to read 50 books a year? This is my secret.

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