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As the old maxim goes: you don’t talk about sex, politics, or religion in polite conversation.  In The Price of Politics Bob Woodward, you will want to talk politics to everyone, based on how messed up things are today’s political world.

It was easy to be a statesman in the past, when there was plenty of money to around and the country was not so divided. Horse trading and compromise were the tools of the political trade, but how do you do that when your nation is broke?

In this book, Woodward chronicles the 44 days of the summer of 2011 when the President and Congress came together to come up with a working deal to cut entitlements spending and increase tax revenue.

In Woodward’s narrative dialogue style, you feel like you are a fly on wall.  He captures the essence of an inexperienced President Obama working with a Speaker who is struggling to hold a volatile republican caucus together to pass a “grand bargain.”

They get so close, but then it all falls apart. Finger pointing is everywhere. The Price of Politics tells the unfortunate story of how this “grand bargain” was never reached. This story is a disappointing peek into how broken our democracy is.  Our leaders are not making the tough decisions because, unlike in the past, everyone is in a pinch. There are no winners or losers in this book; it showcases that politics of government is flawed and it is up to the American people to push for policies that will put our nation on a healthy recovery.  A  very hard cure to place on the voter who is struggling themselves.

The political rhetoric of both parties may win elections, but this philosophy does not solve the gaping problems that our nation faces and impacting governing.

This book is a bit depressing, but it should serve as a wakeup call to make our leaders more accountable. Left, right, center; it does not matter if our nation is a path toward the end.  This book also captures the imperfect world of policy making.

Book Facts:

The Price of Politics by Bob Woodward

2012 Simon & Schuster 430 pp

ISBN: 978-1-4516-5110-2

IBSN: 978-1-4516-5112-6 (e-book)

 

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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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