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The Escape Artists: How Obama’s Team Fumbled the Recovery by Noam Scheiber

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You wouldn’t normally think of curling up next to a warm fire on a cool fall night with a book on finance. However, in The Escape ArtistsNew Republic writer and senior editor Noam Scheiber does a good job of painting a riveting portrait of the Obama recovery financial team.

The great economic slow down has been a result of a woven mix of cycles, markets crashing, and shifting political winds.

No one really seems to know where it is heading or when things will get better.  With central characters of the Obama administration in play from Geithner, Summers, Rubin, and the rest, Scheiber lays out a story that will make your head spin.

Seems the Obama administration has struggled and is struggling with finding a solution. Programs, incentives, and recovery tricks don’t seem to be priming the economic pump on the road to recovery. With bread and butter issues on the table, The Escape Artists: How Obama’s Team Fumbled the Recovery is worthwhile read to better understand what the heck is going on.

I found the book a good blend of policy wonkiness mixed with the descriptions of the strong personalities that make the policy in the highest levels of our government.

You can follow Noam Scheiber at www.Noamscheiber.com or twitter @noamscheiber

Book facts:

The Escape Artists by Noam Scheiber

2012 Simon and Schuster 210 pp

ISBN: 13: 978-1-4391-7241-4

eBook ISBN-13: 978-1-4391-7242-1

 

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An Evening with David Sedaris at Fox Theatre April 16

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ATLANTA, GA (Feb. 24, 2015) – The Fox Theatre is pleased to present An Evening with David Sedaris, author of the previous bestsellers Naked, Me Talk Pretty One DayDress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and regular National Public Radio contributor who will be appearing for one night only at the Fox Theatre on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 7:30pm.

Celebrating the June 3, 2014 paperback release of his latest title, #1 New York Times Bestseller, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, author David Sedaris comes to Atlanta for an evening of engaging recollections and featuring all-new readings.

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Dr. Mike’s “The Fallacy of the Calorie”

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Dr. Mike (Michael S. Fenster, MD) has a sense of humor in dispersing his dietary and nutritional advice in The Fallacy of the Calorie, but what’s also funny is the fact that this cardiologist is dishing out all this information while criticizing supposed self-proclaimed food experts.

Take this passage, for example: “These days it seems as if everybody has an opinion about food and health. People watch Dr. Oz, tune in to the Food Network, or read some anecdotal diatribe on the Internet and all of a sudden they’re full of expert opinions and analysis.”

Dr. Mike mentions only Dr. Oz by name. He then goes on to allude to a bunch of straw men who give consumers lots of conflicting food guidance before launching into his own enterprising book of culinary realness. Dr. Mike is in your face and sounds like a go-getter, I guess. He says if I’m happy with the food I eat and my state of wellness, health, verdure, heartiness is a-okay, then this is not the book for me. PUT THIS BOOK DOWN. If only!

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SPX 2014 Programming Schedule

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SPX is fast approaching! Check out the release about this year’s panels and programming to plan your weekend. They all sound remarkable, highlighting diversity in the comics and cartooning industry that is often overlooked.

The Small Press Expo is pleased to announce the SPX 2014 Programming Schedule.  SPX continuing the festival’s established tradition of rich, thought-provoking programming featuring leading comics artists and critics in conversation. As in previous years, the Programming Schedule will feature two simultaneous tracks on both Saturday and Sunday, September 13th and 14th.

SPX 2014 programming highlights include special Q&A sessions with headline guests Lynda Barry, Jules Feiffer, Charles Burns, Raina Telgemeier, Drew Friedman. Eleanor Davis, Mimi Pond and John Porcellino, many of whom will also join in other panel discussions.

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