Blood Feud -- The Clintons vs. the Obamas by Edward Klein, Regnery '14, $27.99, 302 pages, ASIN #1621573133. Index, bibliography, groupings of color glossy images.
Those who are gratified that the Obamas and the Clintons buried the hatchet after the 2012 Democratic primary and are great friends now may be amazed to read Blood Feud, in which the former editor-in-chief of The New York Times Magazine deconstructs "the high-stakes war between the Hatfields and McCoys of American Politics."
Among the alleged revelations Klein unveils are:
*The twists and turns in the poisonous personal feud between Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.
*Hillary's true feelings about her role in Obama's Benghazi scandal and cover-up.
*Which two White House big shots refer to Hillary as "Hildebeest."
*The ongoing problems and growing distance straining the Obama marriage.
Author Edward Klein is author of a number of bestselling books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller The Amateur. He is the former foreign editor of Newsweek, and a contributing editor to Vanity Fair. He lives in New York City.
American School Reform -- What Works, What Fails, and Why by Joseph P. McDonald and the Cities and Schools Research Group, UChicago Press '14 paperback. 199 pages, ASIN #022612472X. Index, references, notes, b&w images sprinkled through text.
A brief excerpt from the author John P. McDonald's Introduction:
"To answer the three questions in its title -- what works in school reform, what fails, and why -- this book raises other questions meant for readers. What do you think about when you think about school reform? Are you hopeful about it or skeptical? What do you think is a stake for you? And what arguments would you make -- whether to educators, policymakers, funders, or others -- about how to pursue positive outcomes?
"These questions are not meant to lead toward answers we authors have worked out in advance. This is not that kind of book. These questions simply invite readers to enter the territory we've staked out with certain perceptions heightened."
About the authors:
John P. McDonald is professor of teaching and learning at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University and has authored or co-authored numerous books. The Cities and Schools Research Group consists of Jolley Bruce Christman, Thomas B. Corcoran, Norm Fruchter, Milbrey W. McLaughlin, Gordon Pradi, Gabriel Reich, Mark Smylie, and Joan Talbert.
John Mullan -- The Tumultuous Life of a Western Road Builder by Keith C. Petersen, WSU Press '14 paperback. $32.95, 352 pages, ASIN #0874223210. Index, bibliography, notes, appendix, grouping of b&w images.
From the back cover:
"John Mullan's celebrated road -- a 625 mile link that connected the Missouri and Columbia Rivers -- established the West Point graduate as an accomplished engineer. After completing the Northwest's first engineered highway at age 32, he lived for nearly another half-century, a period of dynamic change. When he died in 1909, automobiles were making their initial crossings along his route.
"The arterial eventually became a critical link in America's longest interstate freeway, I-90. Yet despite frequent missions in books about the 19th century Northwest, the soldier/explorer has remained little more than a caricature: a dashing young Army officer who comes West, builds one of its most important thoroughfares, and then disappears from regional literature."
Author Keith Petersen is Idaho State Historian.