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In new book, professor explores “Nixon’s Darkest Secrets”

Was President Richard M. Nixon the crook he’s made out to be? According to former White House correspondent and American U. Adjunct Professor Donald Fulsom, he was.

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Book review: ‘Death Comes to Pemeberly’ gives Austen new life

An extension of the classic Jane Austen novel Pride and Prejudice, Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James, places Austen’s characters in the midst of a murder mystery.

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Book review: Chomsky on 9/11

Following 9/11, few people questioned whether the American government was right to invade Afghanistan, and certainly did not blame the American government for the attacks on the World Trade Center. Noam Chomsky was one of the few dissenters. His book, 9-11: Was There an Alternative?, is a new edition of the collection of interviews and essays he composed in the months following September 11th (originally published in 2001 as 9-11), as well as a recent, retrospective essay he wrote following Osama bin Laden’s death.

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Book review: Isaacson paints complex portrait of Jobs’ genius

The story of a person’s life is more about that person’s place in the grand narrative of history than a simple timeline of the events in their life. Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, is the portrait of an entrepreneur from beginning to end, examining the nuances and contradictions that made up his character, and an atlas of the counter-cultural West Coast. A period and intersection of the figures that would lead a revolution in technology and human interaction.

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Book review: ‘The Office’ star Mindy Kaling keeps laughs coming

Book review: ‘The Office’ star Mindy Kaling keeps laughs coming

Reading Mindy Kaling’s new book, “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns),” is like reading a transcript of every conversation I’ve had or wish I had with one of my best friends. With a humorous and unpresumptuous tone, Kaling explores her youth, career and friendships through essays, anecdotes and lists.

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Book review: ‘Punching Tom Hanks’

Without giving it much thought, the premise behind “Punching Tom Hanks” seems like a throwaway concept. But over the course of 200 pages, New York-based comedy writer Kevin Seccia delivers enough wit, nonsense and comedic machismo to keep you laughing the whole way through.

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Book review: Without Fleming, new Bond book fails to capture essence of 007

Despite removing many interesting elements of the classic Bond, “Carte Blanche” has, unfortunately, kept some of the more unpleasant aspects of the original series intact.

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Book Review: Furious Love

“Since I was a little girl, I believed I was a child of destiny, and if that is true, Richard Burton was surely my fate.” – Elizabeth Taylor

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Book review: Who’s the boss? Today it’s Fey

Book review: Who’s the boss? Today it’s Fey

I usually hesitate before reading biographies by people I really, really love out of fear that they’ll either be horrible writers, or that they’ll reveal their true identities as jerky, out-of-touch celebrities. Luckily, Tina Fey’s “Bossypants” confirmed neither of these fears. An introspective memoir, “Bossypants” reads like a long, friendly lunch with Fey herself. It’s quick-witted, sarcastic, at times plainly human and always hilarious.

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Book Review: ‘ZOMBIE SPACESHIP WASTELAND’

Book Review: ‘ZOMBIE SPACESHIP WASTELAND’

Darth Vader is a zombie. Think about it. He carries all the requisite features: the blind hatred of all those around him, the soulless disposition which allows him to carelessly destroy human (and alien) life, and of course, the pale, pustule-filled skin.

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