“Days of Fire” and “Things That Matter”
A big day ahead, what with Kathleen Sebelius testifying in D.C. on the broken promises of Obamacare, and President Obama jetting off to Boston for a giant bit of misdirection that has failed before it has begun.
We are in yet another in a long series of crises for the president’s already self-destructing second term.
What better time than today to interview two experts on what happens in D.C. generally and what happened to the Bush second term specifically?
In hours one and two of today’s show the New York Times Peter Baker will join me to discuss his brand new best-seller Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House.
This is an amazing book, a deeply reported, wonderfully written and –crucially– wholly fair and penetrating review and critique of the Bush-Cheney years, their turmoil and tragedy, their great successes and their great failures. I can’t think of a book produced so close to a presidency that has done quite what Baker does in this book and urge you to buy and read it. You will be inside the Bush White House in a way you could not have ever have hoped to see inside until decades from now.
Hour three will be spent on the larger canvas of D.C. from 1980 to the present, and well into the future, with essayist Charles Krauthammer, whose brand new Things That Matter: Three Decades of Pastimes, Passions and Politics is a wholly different kind f read, just as gripping as Baker’s, but easier on the soul, balm for it in fact, filled as it is with Diagon Alleys on baseball and chess, even as it sticks to the clear and obviously true central claim of the book, “the sovereignty of politics.”
So breaking news plus two extraordinary writer/reporters of history for three hours. Sure, you can skip the show, but you will be poorer for it.