February 21, 2012

March Reading List

I spent this past weekend figuring out my reading list for March. I have three books selected. While I worry two of the three may depress me, I am really looking forward to reading all three of them. The first is Disconnect: The Breakdown of Representation inAmerican Politics by Morris P. Fiorina.

The second book comes up a lot in conversations lately. This book has created a buzz around the country, certainly within conservative circles. The second book is the latest book by Charles Murray called Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010. Charles Murray is the author of The Bell Curve and Losing Ground. He is one of the influencers of conservative thought and political thought.

After reading those two potentially depressing books, I look forward to reading The Last Great Senate:Courage and Statesmanship in Times of Crisis by Ira Shapiro. This book covers the senate from the late ‘60s to the 1980. This is the time period when the Senate was served by giants like Kennedy, Muskie, Robert Byrd and Howard Baker. That is the Senate I long for. That is the Senate I have not seen in decades. I was just starting out in my professional like during this time period and I was aware of the giants up in Congress. I look forward to reading this book to reminisce about that period and about that Senate. This is the last book on my list, but I am so anxious to read it I might just get through it this weekend.

If you have read any of these books, send me a line. I would like to hear your opinion.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the booklist--I can't wait to read The Last Great Senate. I worked there from 1975-78 and watched the later period of decline from close quarters in DC. The reading list is always most welcome.


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