The long weekend begins today, and my eve of the 4th show will feature a long conversation with the late Dr. Harry Jaffa about the Declaration of Independence. Dr. Jaffa died in January, but no one living has spent as many years thinking about the great declaration, and this conversation, part of the genesis of the Hillsdale Dialogues, is an audience favorite every year. Enjoy.
I’ll also be on BookTV sometime next weekend I think, as CSPAN plays a lecture I gave on The Queen: The Epic Ambition of Hillary and the Coming of the Second “Clinton Era” on Tuesday night. It was actually a lecture on how to prepare for the role of asking questions at GOP presidential debates. The short answer: Read. Read in the current issues of the day, but also in the books that are presently shaping opinion, and of course talk, with candidates –as I have been doing a lot of in recent weeks– and smart people like Dr. Larry Arnn, Mark Steyn, NBC’s Chuck Todd, CBS’ John Dickerson, Adam Carolla (all of whom were either live or taping with me yesterday.)
The lecture begins with shameless plugging of The Queen, and then pays a long overdue thank you to Brian Lamb (Sundays At Eight), Susan Swain (First Ladies) and Peter Slen, the first two who are the “makers of the feast” when it comes to BookTV, and Brian and Peter Slen for demonstrating week in-and-out how to engage authors with serious interviews. Then I launched into the books I have featured in the past few weeks –the reading list I set for myself and my show– to demonstrate what serious journalists have to do to simply keep up, before closing with my favorite book of the year and perhaps the most crucial outside of The Queen for the upcoming election season. As I signed books after the talk, many asked me to post the list, so here it is: Continue Reading